Tour de France 2013: Dates, Route Info and Stage-by-Stage Preview

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Tour de France 2013: Dates, Route Info and Stage-by-Stage Preview
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While the annual Tour de France is one of the world’s most-viewed sporting events, this year’s edition of the cycling race is setting up to be the most anticipated international battle of the 2013 calendar year.

The race starts in the beautiful city of Porto-Vecchio in Corsica and runs for 23 days with 21 stages and two off days. Along with the two rest periods, the course is made up of seven flat stages, five hill stages, six mountain stages with four summit finishes, two individual time-trial stages and one team time-trial stage.

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The entire race finishes in Paris on July 21 at night for the first time in history, as the final stage is expected to close around 9:45 p.m. local time. This will see the field racing through one of the world’s most beautiful cities and its landmarks at dusk and under the lights of the city.

Add the fact that this is the 100th edition of the prestigious race, and this is an event no sports fan will want to miss.

 

Where: Starts in Porto-Vecchio and ends at Champs-Elysees in Paris

When: Saturday, June 29 through Sunday, July 21

Watch: NBC, NBC Sports Network

Live Stream: NBC LiveExtra

For more, visit NBC Sports.

 

2013 Tour de France Route

Photo via LeTour.com

 

Stage-By-Stage Preview

Stage Date Course Distance Type Channel
1 June 29
Porto-Vecchio – Bastia 132 miles Flat stage NBC Sports Network
2 June 30
BastiaAjaccio 97 miles Medium-mountain stage

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3 July 1
AjaccioCalvi 90 miles Medium-mountain stage

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4 July 2
Nice – Nice 16 miles Team time trial

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5 July 3
Cagnes-sur-Mer – Marseille 142 miles Flat stage

NBC Sports Network

6 July 4
Aix-en-Provence – Montpellier 110 miles Flat stage

NBC Sports Network

7 July 5
MontpellierAlbi 128 miles Medium-mountain stage NBC
8 July 6
Castres – Ax 3 Domaines 121 miles Mountain stage NBC
9 July 7
Saint-Girons – Bagnères-de-Bigorre 105 miles Mountain stage

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July 8
Rest day
10 July 9
Saint-Gildas-des-Bois – Saint-Malo 122 miles Flat stage

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11 July 10
Avranches – Mont Saint-Michel 21 miles Individual time trial

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12 July 11
Fougères – Tours 135 miles Flat stage

NBC Sports Network

13 July 12
Tours – Saint-Amand-Montrond 107 miles Flat stage

NBC Sports Network

14 July 13
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule – Lyon 119 miles Medium-mountain stage

NBC Sports Network

15 July 14
Givors – Mont Ventoux 151 miles Mountain stage

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July 15
Rest day
16 July 16
Vaison-la-Romaine – Gap 104 miles Medium-mountain stage

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17 July 17
EmbrunChorges 20 miles Individual time trial

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18 July 18
Gap – Alpe d'Huez 107 miles Mountain stage

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19 July 19
Le Bourg-d'Oisans – Le Grand-Bornand 127 miles Mountain stage

NBC Sports Network

20 July 20
Annecy – Mont Semnoz 78 miles Mountain stage

NBC Sports Network

21 July 21
Versailles – Paris 83 miles Flat stage

NBC Sports Network

 

Predictions

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Biggest Winner of the Tour de France: Team Sky’s Chris Froome

The news that 2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins would not be defending his title was devastating to Team Sky, but with some of the best talent in the entire field, look for last year’s second-place finisher Chris Froome to take the lead of the dangerous group.

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Froome and Wiggins

Froome is one of the best climbers in the field, but it’s his speed on the flat stages and the time trials that will help the talented British star earn the yellow jersey.

He is the winner of four out of five events coming into the Tour de France (Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine). While there are certainly several serious contenders to take the title from Froome and Team Sky, there is little doubt who should be the 2013 favorite.

Final Prediction: Froome finishes as the overall Tour de France winner.

 

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Biggest Loser of the Tour de France: BMC Racing Team’s Cadel Evans

At 36 years old, Australian cycling star Cadel Evans is trying to prove he can still dominate the sport, but faltering skills and an incredibly deep field for the 2013 race will doom his chances of taking home another Tour de France title.

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Evans won the annual event in 2011 but finished in seventh place last year and was never a major threat to steal the victory. While the tour veteran finished third at the Giro D'Italia coming into this event, he would have dominated that race in years past.

There is no doubt Evans will still dominate the uphill stages with his extensive history in mountain biking, but on the flat stages and the small-hill stages, the younger racers will be able to pull away from the aging veteran.

Final Prediction: Evans will finish 13th.

 

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