The route of the 2017 Tour de France

Stages of the Great Race

Developing the route of the Tour de France is an artform. Upon the blank canvas of 'l’Hexagone', the race organisers must paint a 21-day composition that not only tours most of the country, but also covers the terrain that will keep the cyclists and teams happy. It isn’t easy: there must be enough mountains for the climbers, time trials for the strongmen, flat stages for the sprinters, and undulating stages for the breakaway artists. Below we present our not-so-serious guide to this year’s route.


The race has two rest days, on Mondays 10th and 17th July. You’ll have to find something else to do to waste time at work then.

Teams & Riders to watch

Read our light-hearted guide on who to support at the great race.