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
StageTypeDateStart and FinishDistance
PPrologueSaturday 3 JulyRotterdam > Rotterdam8.9 km
1PlainSunday 4 JulyRotterdam > Bruxelles223.5 km
2HillyMonday 5 JulyBruxelles > Spa201 km
3PlainTuesday 6 JulyWanze > Arenberg Porte du Hainaut213 km
4PlainWednesday 7 JulyCambrai > Reims153.5 km
5PlainThursday 8 JulyÉpernay > Montargis187.5 km
6PlainFriday 9 JulyMontargis > Gueugnon227.5 km
7Medium mountainsSaturday 10 JulyTournus > Station des Rousses165.5 km
8High MountainsSunday 11 JulyStation des Rousses > Morzine-Avoriaz189 km
RRest DayMonday 12 JulyMorzine-Avoriaz
9High MountainsTuesday 13 JulyMorzine-Avoriaz > Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne204.5 km
10Medium mountainsWednesday 14 JulyChambéry > Gap179 km
11PlainThursday 15 JulySisteron > Bourg-lès-Valence184.5 km
12HillyFriday 16 JulyBourg-de-Péage > Mende210.5 km
13PlainSaturday 17 JulyRodez > Revel196 km
14High MountainsSunday 18 JulyRevel > Ax 3 Domaines184.5 km
15High MountainsMonday 19 JulyPamiers > Bagnères-de-Luchon187 km
16High MountainsTuesday 20 JulyBagnères-de-Luchon > Pau199.5 km
RRest DayWednesday 21 JulyPau
17High MountainsThursday 22 JulyPau > Col du Tourmalet174 km
18PlainFriday 23 JulySalies-de-Béarn > Bordeaux198 km
19Individual time-trialSaturday 24 JulyBordeaux > Pauillac52 km
20PlainSunday 25 JulyLongjumeau > Paris Champs-Élysées102.5 km



2010 Tour de France Teams
TeamTeam
code
Manager
AG2R-LA MONDIALEALMVincent Lavenu
ASTANAASTYvon Sanquer
CAISSE D’EPARGNEGCEEusebio Unzue
EUSKALTEL - EUSKADIEUSIgor Gonzalez de Galdeano
FRANCAISE DES JEUXFDJMarc Madiot
FOOTON - SERVETTOFTSMauro Gianetti
GARMIN - TRANSITIONSGRMJonathan Vaughters
KATUSHA TEAMKATAndreï Tchmil
LAMPRELAMGiuseppe Saronni
LIQUIGAS - DOIMOLIQRoberto Amadio
OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTOSILMarc Sergeant
QUICK STEPQSTPatrick Lefévère
RABOBANKRABErik Breukink
TEAMHTC – COLUMBIATHRBob Stapleton
TEAM MILRAMMRMMarlies Liebregts-Van Gerwen
TEAM RADIOSHACKRSHJohan Bruyneel
TEAM SAXO BANKSAXBjarne RIIS
T EAM SKYSKYDavid Brailsford
BBOX BOUYGUES TELECOMBBOJean-René Bernaudeau
BMC RACINGTEAMBMCJohn Lelangue
CERVÉLO TEST TEAMCTTJoop Alberda