Amaury Sport Announces Route For 100th Edition Of Tour De France
The Amaury Sport Organisation today announced that next year's Tour de France -- the race's 100th edition -- will be held from June 29-July 21. The 3,360km race course will remain exclusively within France's borders for the first time in ten years. The race will begin on the island of Corsica for the first time and conclude on the Champs-Elysees in Paris (ASO).
Last year's champion Bradley Wiggins has "a tougher job of defending" his title as the '13 route is "more mountainous and may favour climbers" like Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck. The length of time trials for next year's race "have been reduced to 65km from 100km in 2012" (BBC.co.uk, 10/24).