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Tour de France 2010

June 18, 2010
Tour de France 2010
The 2010 Tour de France is so close you can almost taste it. Running from Saturday July 3rd through to Sunday July 25th, the 97th instalment of the race will consist of 1 prologue time-trial followed by 20 stages covering a gruelling 3,600km. This year’s event will kick off in Rotterdam before snaking its way through Western Europe, culminating in the Grand Finale in Paris’ famous Champs-Elysees.

All the big guns are back with their eyes firmly set on cycling’s biggest prize. Last year’s Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will be out to defend his crown against former teammate and seven time winner Lance Armstrong. This year marks a record 18 Australians competing in the event, a huge increase on the previous high of 12 and a massive indication of the sport’s growing strength and popularity in this country.

Cadel Evans and Michael Rogers will again lead the Aussie assault but look out for young gun Richie Porte after he scooped up the Young Riders Jersey at this year’s Giro d’Italia.

The 20 stages of the 2010 Tour de France will consist of one individual time trial, nine flat stages, four medium mountain stages and six mountain stages including three summit finishes. Competitors will have just two days off over the course of the three week event to rest their weary legs.

There will be the usual visual delights of cobblestone streets and jaw dropping mountain scenery but the real action of the 2010 Tour de France will be out on the road. With 21 teams competing for the various jerseys’ on offer this year’s event is certain to be a hotly contested one.

Press play on the video to get a genuine feel for the enormity of the race and check out the tables below for all your Tour de France stage and team information.




2010 Tour de France Stages
Stage Type Date Start and Finish Distance
P Prologue Saturday 3 July Rotterdam > Rotterdam 8.9 km
1 Plain Sunday 4 July Rotterdam > Bruxelles 223.5 km
2 Hilly Monday 5 July Bruxelles > Spa 201 km
3 Plain Tuesday 6 July Wanze > Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 213 km
4 Plain Wednesday 7 July Cambrai > Reims 153.5 km
5 Plain Thursday 8 July Épernay > Montargis 187.5 km
6 Plain Friday 9 July Montargis > Gueugnon 227.5 km
7 Medium mountains Saturday 10 July Tournus > Station des Rousses 165.5 km
8 High Mountains Sunday 11 July Station des Rousses > Morzine-Avoriaz 189 km
R Rest Day Monday 12 July Morzine-Avoriaz
9 High Mountains Tuesday 13 July Morzine-Avoriaz > Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 204.5 km
10 Medium mountains Wednesday 14 July Chambéry > Gap 179 km
11 Plain Thursday 15 July Sisteron > Bourg-lès-Valence 184.5 km
12 Hilly Friday 16 July Bourg-de-Péage > Mende 210.5 km
13 Plain Saturday 17 July Rodez > Revel 196 km
14 High Mountains Sunday 18 July Revel > Ax 3 Domaines 184.5 km
15 High Mountains Monday 19 July Pamiers > Bagnères-de-Luchon 187 km
16 High Mountains Tuesday 20 July Bagnères-de-Luchon > Pau 199.5 km
R Rest Day Wednesday 21 July Pau
17 High Mountains Thursday 22 July Pau > Col du Tourmalet 174 km
18 Plain Friday 23 July Salies-de-Béarn > Bordeaux 198 km
19 Individual time-trial Saturday 24 July Bordeaux > Pauillac 52 km
20 Plain Sunday 25 July Longjumeau > Paris Champs-Élysées 102.5 km



2010 Tour de France Teams
Team Team
code
Manager
AG2R-LA MONDIALE ALM Vincent Lavenu
ASTANA AST Yvon Sanquer
CAISSE D’EPARGNE GCE Eusebio Unzue
EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI EUS Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano
FRANCAISE DES JEUX FDJ Marc Madiot
FOOTON - SERVETTO FTS Mauro Gianetti
GARMIN - TRANSITIONS GRM Jonathan Vaughters
KATUSHA TEAM KAT Andreï Tchmil
LAMPRE LAM Giuseppe Saronni
LIQUIGAS - DOIMO LIQ Roberto Amadio
OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO SIL Marc Sergeant
QUICK STEP QST Patrick Lefévère
RABOBANK RAB Erik Breukink
TEAMHTC – COLUMBIA THR Bob Stapleton
TEAM MILRAM MRM Marlies Liebregts-Van Gerwen
TEAM RADIOSHACK RSH Johan Bruyneel
TEAM SAXO BANK SAX Bjarne RIIS
T EAM SKY SKY David Brailsford
BBOX BOUYGUES TELECOM BBO Jean-René Bernaudeau
BMC RACINGTEAM BMC John Lelangue
CERVÉLO TEST TEAM CTT Joop Alberda