Bike crazy? Fan of the Tour de France? Here are some tips on combining the world-famous bike race and your Burgundian vacation this summer.
The Tour de France will run from Saturday June 30th to Sunday July 22th 2012. The 99th Tour de France (big anniversary coming up in 2013!) will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,479 kilometres.
Here are the 2012 stages that are an easy driving distance from our Grape Rentals in Burgundy:
- Monday July, 9 – Stage 9 – Arc-et-Senans to Besançon – Individual time-trial / 38 km
- Tuesday July, 10 – Stage 10 – Mâcon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine / 194 km
“Arc-et-Senans was chosen by Louis XV to house the Royal Salt works in 1771, but it waited until 1996 to see the Tour’s peloton. It was during a stage which set off from there, in Doubs, which finished in Aix-les-Bains. A novice called Michael Boogerd was the winner and this was the first of two victories in the Tour de France for the Dutch rider.”
“The prefecture city of Doubs was already on the 1905 Tour map, which makes it the oldest city associated with the race, after Paris, on the 2012 route. The first finish in Besançon is one of the race’s historical stages as the riders, who had set off from Nancy, went over the Ballon of Alsace, a difficulty which symbolized the future ascents in the mountains, for the first time.
In 2009, Russia’s Sergei Ivanov was the winner there, by shaking off the other breakaway riders not long before the citadel came into sight. And on the subject of time-trials, Lance Armstrong won the last one organised in Besançon in 2004.”
“The two time-trials that the Tour has held in Maçon have crowned two of the speciality’s champions. In 1991, Miguel Indurain secured the first of his five titles by beating Gianni Bugno and Greg LeMond. And in 2002, Lance Armstrong also maintained his advantage in the last time-trial.
During the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, the stage in Maçon provided an opportunity for the young German rider, John Degenkolb, to confirm his entry in the club of highly regarded sprinters, by winning on the banks of the River Saône, at the foot of Lamartine’s statue.”
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Tour de France:
http://www.letour.fr/2012/TDF/COURSE/docs/parcours.pdf !!The 2012 Map!!
Pre-order the map T-shirt 2012: