Tour route unveiled

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Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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The decisive moments of the 2015 Tour de France will take place at Alpe d’Huez after the route of the 102nd edition of the race was unveiled in Paris on Wednesday.

The Tour, which begins in Utrecht on July 4, promises to be thrilling, with defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, 2013 winner Chris Froome, two-time winner Alberto Contador and Giro d’Italia winner Nairo Quintana all chasing the yellow jersey.

The race concludes in Paris on July 26, after travelling through Holland and Belgium, continuing to commemorate World War One in northern France and then travelling to north western France.

There is a long transfer to the Pyrenees, but the decisive moments will take place in the Alps.

The penultimate stage will conclude with the ascent to Alpe d’Huez, with its fabled 21 hairpin bends, before the ceremonial finish in Paris.

The 101st Tour began in Yorkshire last July, with Froome and Contador among those to crash out during an attritional race which Nibali dominated.

Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot reached the podium, the first Frenchmen to do so since 1997.

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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