Tips and track details

Learn about the race stages, take notes from Monsieur Directeur's useful tips and hints. The road to victory is long and hard. Choose the right team and strategy, arrive to Paris as the winner.

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Stage One

Paris - Nantes

  1. Length: 670km
  2. Altitude: 5-152m
  3. Route: Ille de France, Haute Normandie, Basse Normandie, Centre, Pays de la Loire
  4. Details: Extremely long, mostly flat stage, finished with sprint in Nantes.
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Nantes is a city in western France, located on the Loire River, 50 km (31 mi) from the Atlantic coast. Nantes is the capital city of the Pays de la Loire region and the Loire-Atlantique département and also the largest city in the Grand-Ouest, north-western France in English.

The name Nantes, pronounced in French, derives from that of its pre-Roman-era inhabitants, the Gallic tribe known as the Namnetes, who founded a town there around 70 BC. The city was called Portus Namnetum during the Roman occupation that began in 56 BC. The inhabitants of Nantes are known in French as Nantais.

Nantes' most common nickname is the Venice of the West a name owing to its position on the river delta of the Loire. Dominantou města je Cathedral of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul.

Jules Verne was born in Nantes.

Tips Monsieur Directeur: This stage is mainly suited to sprinters and all–rounders. Having one of them in your team will boost your chances to win this stage. 

Stage Two

NANTES - LIMOGES

  1. Length: 220km
  2. Altitude: 9-431m
  3. Route: Ille de France, Haute Normandie, Basse Normandie, Centre, Pays de la Loire
  4. Details: Flat stage at first, begins to roll in the Limousin region with the final sprint at the foot of the Massive Central in Limoges.
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Limoges is a city and commune, the capital of the Haute - Vienne department and the administrative capital of the Limousine région in west-central France.

Rare remains of pre-urban settlements have been found in the area of Limoges. The capital of the Gallic people of the Lemovices, who lived in the area.

Limoges is known for its medieval and Renaissance enamels (Limoges enamels) on copper, for its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain) and for its oak barrels which are used for Cognac production.

Limoges is the hometown of Pierre Auguste Renoir, the painter.

Tips Monsieur Directeur: Relatively short stage that will test riders with its wavy terrain in the area of Limoges. Great opportunity for sprinters to show off. I recommend having one of them in your team.

Stage three

LIMOGES -TOULOUSE

  1. Length: 350km
  2. Altitude: 81-2115m
  3. Route: Limousin, Auvergne, Midi Pyrenees
  4. Details: This stage through the region of Limousin and Auvergne returns to Midi Pyrenees. About half way to this stage there comes a climb to Col du Tourmalet ( 2115m ). Track then steeply falls into the valley, where the sun shines only few times a year. Once again we climb to spectacular heights for an additional climb to Col du Aspin ( 1490m ), then it is followed by a sharp descent into the final sprint to Toulouse (the hometown of Monsieur Directeur).
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Toulouse is the capital city of the south-western French department of Haute - Garonne, as well as of the Midi - Pyréneés region. It lies on the banks of the River Garonne, 150 kilometres (93 miles) from the Mediterranean Sea, 230 km (143 miles) from the Atlantic Ocean, and 580 km (360 miles) from Paris.

The Garonne Valley was a focal point for trade between the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic since at least the Iron Age. The historical name of the city, Tolosa and of its inhabitants, the Tolosates, first recorded in the 2nd century BC, is of unknown meaning or origin, possibly from Aquitanian, or from Iberian, but has also been connected to the name of the Gallic Volcae Tectosages. Tolosa enters the historical period in the 2nd century BC, when it became a Roman military outpost. After the conquest of Gaul, it was developed as a Roman city of Gallia Narbonensis. The University of Toulouses (Université de Toulouse) was established in 1229. Toulouse is dubbed Ville Rose - the Pink City for its distinctive brick architecture.

Raymond IV, Count Of Toulouse, one of the leaders of the First Crusade and H.S. Toulouse were both born in Toulouse.

Tips Monsieur Directeur: If you do not have a climber in your team, this stage is a managerial suicide.  

Stage four

TOULOUSE - NICE

  1. Length: 380km
  2. Altitude: 81-555m
  3. Route: Midi Pyrénées, Lanquedoc-Roussillon, Rhone-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Cote D`Azur
  4. Details: Medium length, slightly rolling stage, finished with a sprint at the Mediterranean coast in Nice.
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Nice is located on the south-eastern coast of France and is the second largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. It is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes département.

The area of today's Nice contains Terra Amata, an archaeological site which displays evidence of a very early use of fire. Around 350 BC, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. Through the ages, the town has changed hands many times. Its strategic location and port significantly contributed to its maritime strength.

The city is called Nice la Belle (Nissa La Bella in Niçard), which means Nice the Beautiful.

Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian general and politician who played a large role in the history of Italy was born in Nice. He is considered one of Italy's "father of the fatherland".

Tips Monsieur Directeur: This stage is a gamble. Mont Ventoux will be a hard nut to crack for sprinters. I would bet on all–rounders in the final sprint. 

Stage five

NICE - CHAMBERY

  1. Length: 330km
  2. Altitude: 64-2744m
  3. Route: Provence-Alpes-Cote D`Azur, Rhone-Alpes
  4. Details: One of the shortest, but toughest stages of the race. From the Mediterranean coast, the track begins to climb up to the Alps, where eagles do not live anymore. The first and the hardest Alpine climb of all is on the 150th km, the highest point of the race Col Agnel at an altitude of 2744 meters. Followed by a sharp descent into the Dark valley and shortly after another steep climb to the clouds of Col d` Izoard  ( 2360m ). The final sprint in the mountain town of Chambéry will certainly be a relief for all competitors.
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Chambéry is a city in the department of Savoie, located in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

It is the capital of the department and has been the historical capital of the Savoy region since the 13th century, when Amadeus V, Count of Savoy, made the city his seat of power. Chambéry was founded at crossroads of ancient routes through Dauphiné, Burgundy, Switzerland, and Italy, in a wide valley between the Bauges and the Chartreuse Mountains on the Leysse River.

Amédée-François Frézier engineer, mathematician, spy, and explorer was born in Chambéry.

Tips Monsieur Directeur: The Alpine giants separate "the wheat from the chaff". Not having a climber in your team is an absolute disaster when it comes to this stage.

Stage six

CHAMBERY - TROYES

  1. Length: 170km
  2. Altitude: 100-2646m
  3. Route: Rhone-Alpes, Bourgogne, Franche-Comte, Champagne-Ardenne
  4. Details: The shortest, however very difficult mountain stage leading over the ridges of Alpine giants. The highest point of this stage is on the 70th km, extremely difficult climb Col du Galibier ( 2645m ) The track is then gradually surging into the final sprint by the foothills of the Alps in Troyes.
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Troyes is a commune and the capital of the department of Aube in north-central France. It is located on the Seine River about 150 km (93 mi) southeast of Paris. This area is known as the Champagne region of Northern France. Many half-timbered houses (mainly of the 16th century) survive in the old town. Troyes has been in existence since the Roman era, as Augustobona Tricassium, which stood at the hub of numerous highways, primarily the Via Agrippa.

The seat of the Bishop of Troyes is the Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Troyes) Roman Catholic cathedral. A cathedral was built in the 9th century, but was badly damaged by Norman invasions and was replaced in the 10th century, from about 940, when bishop Milo built a Romanesque cathedral. This building was the location of the Council of Troyes that opened on the 13th of January 1128/29, at which the Order of the Knights Templar was confirmed and its rule established.

Hughes de Payens (1070–1136), Knight of the First Crusade and founder of the Knights Templar was born in Troyes.

Tips Monsieur Directeur: Another of the heavy Alpine tests will examine the quality of all competitors. Climbers and universal riders will have an advantage initially, but the sprinters’ time is slowly approaching. I believe this stage is mainly suited to all–rounders.

Stage seven

TROYES-PARIS

  1. Length: 380km
  2. Altitude: 52-228m
  3. Route: Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine, Bourgogne, Ille-De-France
  4. Details: The last stage of the race passes through gently rolling region of Northern France. This stage ends in Paris, with long sprint down the Champs - Élysées square, through the Arc de Triomphe.
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Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Situated on the Seine River, in the north of the country, it is in the centre of the Île-de-France region, also known as the région parisienne.

Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name. By the 12th century, Paris was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading centre, and the home of the University of Paris, one of the first in Europe. The University of Paris, founded in the 12th century, is often called the Sorbonne after one of its original medieval colleges. In the 18th century, it was the centre stage for the French Revolution, and became an important centre of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still retains today.

Paris is often referred to as "The City of Light" ("La Ville Lumière"), both because of its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment, and more literally because Paris was one of the first European cities to adopt gas street lighting. In the 1860s, the boulevards and streets of Paris were illuminated by 56,000 gas lamps. For centuries, Paris has attracted artists from around the world, who arrive in the city to educate themselves and to seek inspiration from its vast pool of artistic resources and galleries. As a result, Paris has acquired a reputation as the "City of Art".

The principal Roman Catholic Church in Paris is the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, the seat of the Archbishop of Paris.

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, Charles Pierre Baudelaire or Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola are just some examples of people born in Paris. 

Tips Monsieur Directeur: The battle for the final victory is reaching its climax. Only one racer can wear the Yellow jersey! You will need a sprinter for this stage.