Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
On our to do list during the planned road trip in the South of France is to try and watch a mountain stage of this years Tour de France.
Tour de France Route
We had hoped to travel at the end of July, but because the tour starts in Monaco this year and follows an anti-clockwise route around France, it means that the mountain stages in the Pyrenees occur fairly early on, with the big mountain stages on the 7th, 8th and 9th of July. Another option the penultimate stage on the 25th of July which finishes on the famous Mont Ventoux summit, in the Provence region of southern France. Nicknamed the “Giant of Provence” because it is the largest region or “The Bald Mountain” because top of the mountain is bare limestone without vegetation or trees.
Didi, the Tour de France Devil
Dieter “Didi” Senft (born 1952 in Reichenwalde, Germany) is known as the Tour de France devil or El Diablo and since 1993, he has been seen in the Tour’s many stages wearing his red devil costume.
Tour de France Dates 2009
|Stage||Type||Date||Start and Finish||Distance|
|1||Individual time-trial||Saturday 4 July||Monaco > Monaco||15 km|
|2||Plain||Sunday 5 July||Monaco > Brignoles||182 km|
|3||Plain||Monday 6 July||Marseille > La Grande-Motte||196 km|
|4||Team TT||Tuesday 7 July||Montpellier > Montpellier||38 km|
|5||Plain||Wednesday 8 July||Le Cap d’Agde > Perpignan||197 km|
|6||Plain||Thursday 9 July||Gérone > Barcelone||175 km|
|7||High Mountains||Friday 10 July||Barcelone > Andorre Arcalis||224 km|
|8||High Mountains||Saturday 11 July||Andorre-la-Vieille > Saint-Girons||176 km|
|9||High Mountains||Sunday 12 July||Saint-Gaudens > Tarbes||160 km|
|R||Rest Day||Monday 13 July||Limoges|
|10||Plain||Tuesday 14 July||Limoges > Issoudun||193 km|
|11||Plain||Wednesday 15 July||Vatan > Saint-Fargeau||192 km|
|12||Plain||Thursday 16 July||Tonnerre > Vittel||200 km|
|13||Medium mountains||Friday 17 July||Vittel > Colmar||200 km|
|14||Plain||Saturday 18 July||Colmar > Besançon||199 km|
|15||High Mountains||Sunday 19 July||Pontarlier > Verbier||207 km|
|R||Rest Day||Monday 20 July||Verbier|
|16||High Mountains||Tuesday 21 July||Martigny > Bourg-Saint-Maurice||160 km|
|17||High Mountains||Wednesday 22 July||Bourg-Saint-Maurice > Le Grand-Bornand||169 km|
|18||Individual time-trial||Thursday 23 July||Annecy > Annecy||40 km|
|19||Plain||Friday 24 July||Bourgoin-Jallieu > Aubenas||195 km|
|20||High Mountains||Saturday 25 July||Montélimar > Mont Ventoux||167 km|
…go to the main Self Drive Holiday in France page.