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Tour de France 2021 route map: Where today’s stage starts and ends, plus full race dates and TV schedule

The i 7/17/2021 Michael Hincks
map: The 2021 Tour de France route map © Provided by The i The 2021 Tour de France route map

The 2021 Tour de France takes place in its typical slot this year, with defending champion Tadej Pogacar favourite to win the yellow jersey once more.

The 22-year-old beat fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic last year, doing so after storming through the time trial in Stage 20.

This year the 20th stage will be a time trial once more, meaning Pogacar will be looking to stay in contention before blowing the competition away on the penultimate day.

Geraint Thomas is among the Ineos Grenadiers riders also chasing victory, with team-mate Richard Carapaz a strong climber and hoping he can win the mountain stages in his push for the general classification.

How to watch 2021 Tour de France in UK

  • Dates: 26 June to 18 July
  • TV channels: ITV 4 and Eurosport 1
  • Live stream: ITV Hub and Eurosport website

Tour de France 2021 map

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Where the Tour de France will be won and lost

As ever the Tour is about plugging away and staying in contention until the final few days, but the first real chance to make a mark will be in the Stage 5 time trial. Pogacar, Roglic and Thomas will all hope to press home an advantage here, and two days later the Vierzon – Le Creusot 249.1km Stage 7 will test the riders on what is the longest day of riding.

Then come the Alps for two mountain stages in a row, and after a rest day and a flat Stage 10, the Sorgues – Malaucène Stage 11 could be the day of cycling as riders tackle the legendary Mont Ventoux not once, but twice.

From then on, the general classification leader will be aiming to stay out in front, but four mountain stages in five days are likely to prove decisive. Two mountain-top finishes for Stage 17 and 18 precede a flat 19th stage and the individual time trial for Stage 20.

We’ll know the winner come Stage 21, which is a procession for the yellow jersey holder and a chance for the sprinters to win the stage heading down the famous Champs-Élysées.

Tour de France 2021 schedule and start times

  • 26 June, Stage 1: Brest – Landerneau (197.8km, hilly) 11.10am BST
  • 27 June, Stage 2: Perros-Guirec – Mûr-de-Bretagne Guerlédan (183.5km, hilly) 12.10pm
  • 28 June, Stage 3: Lorient – Pontivy (182.7km, flat) 12.10pm
  • 29 June, Stage 4: Redon – Fougères (150.4km, flat) 12.25pm
  • 30 June, Stage 5: Changé – Laval (27.2km, ITT) 11.15am
  • 1 July, Stage 6: Tours – Châteauroux (160.6km, flat) 12.55pm
  • 2 July, Stage 7: Vierzon – Le Creusot (249.1km, hilly) 10am
  • 3 July, Stage 8: Oyonnax – Le Gran-Bornand (150.8km, mountains) 12.10pm
  • 4 July, Stage 9: Cluses – Tignes (144.9km, mountains) 12pm
  • 5 July, first rest day
  • 6 July, Stage 10: Albertville – Valence (190.7km, flat) 12.05pm
  • 7 July, Stage 11: Sorgues – Malaucène (198.9km, mountains) 11am
  • 8 July, Stage 12: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Nîmes (159.4km, flat) 11am
  • 9 July, Stage 13: Nîmes – Carcassonne (219.9km, flat) 11.05am
  • 10 July, Stage 14: Carcassonne – Quillan (183.7km, hilly) 11.25am
  • 11 July, Stage 15: Céret – Andorra la Vella (191.3km, mountains) 11.20am
  • 12 July, second rest day
  • 13 July, Stage 16: Pas de la Case – Saint-Gaudens (169km, mountains) 12.05pm
  • 14 July, Stage 17: Muret – Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet (174.8km, mountains) 10.55am
  • 15 July, Stage 18: Pau – Luz-Ardiden (129.7km, mountains) 12.35pm
  • 16 July, Stage 19: Mourenx – Libourne (207km, flat) 11.20am
  • 17 July, Stage 20: Libourne – Saint-Émilion (30.8km, ITT) 12.05pm
  • 18 July, Stage 21: Chatou – Paris Champs-Élysées (112km, flat) 3.15pm
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