Tour de France

The most famous of professional cycling’s three Grand Tours, the Tour de France (Tour of France) is a 3 week long multiple-stage race held every year, primarily in France.

The 2019 yellow jersey (maillot jaune), given to the General Clarification winner of the Tour de France, was won by Colombia’s Egan Bernal of Team Ineos. Bernal beat his teammate and 2018 winner, Geraint Thomas by 1 minute and 11 seconds.

When is the Tour de France?

The Tour de France is held annually, usually over 3 weeks in the month of July. The 2020 Tour was originally due to take place between the 27th June and 19th July 2020, however was put back to later in the year due to the Coronavirus pandemic and will now take between the 29th August and 20th September 2020.

Where is the Tour de France?

The Tour de France is predominantly held in France, although stages have passed through or started in a number of different countries including: Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The start of the Tour, known as the Grand Départ takes place in a different town each year, with the right to host being highly sought after. The 2020 Grand Départ will take place in Nice, the second time the city has hosted the start of the Tour (the other being 1981).

The 2021 Grand Départ will be taking in the western port of Brest, hosting the start of the Tour for the fourth time, following 1952, 1974 and 2008. The Brittany region will host the first four stages of the race.

It has also become common for the Grand Départ to take place outside of France to increase international interest in the event. The 2022 Grand Départ, will be taking part in Copenhagen in Denmark. Other starts to the Tour outside of France, include the following:

  • 1954: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1958: Brussels, Belgium
  • 1965: Cologne, West Germany
  • 1973: The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1975: Charleroi, Belgium
  • 1978: Leiden, Netherlands
  • 1980: Frankfurt, West Germany
  • 1982: Basel, Switzerland
  • 1987: West Berlin, West Germany
  • 1989: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • 1992: San Sebastián, Spain
  • 1996: Den Bosch, Netherlands
  • 1998: Dublin, Ireland
  • 2002: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • 2004: Liège, Belgium
  • 2007: London, United Kingdom
  • 2009: Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • 2010: Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2012: Liège, Belgium
  • 2014: Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 2015: Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 2017: Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2019: Brussels, Belgium
  • 2022: Copenhagen, Denmark

The final stage is traditionally held on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

How do I get there?

There are major airports in Paris, Nice, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse among others which between them serve many destinations across Europe and the World.

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Where to stay in France

Use TripAdvisor to find some great places to stay in France by clicking here.

Further Information

Tour de France Official Website

Sports Tourist Nice City Guide

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