Running from Saturday July 3rd to Sunday July 25th 2010, the 97th Tour de France will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,600 kilometres.
These stages have the following profiles:
9 flat stages,
6 mountain stages and 3 summit finishes,
4 medium mountain stages,
1 individual time-trial stage (51 km).
Distinctive aspects of the race
le Tourmalet climbed twice,
a hint of the Classics and cobblestones,
2 rest days,
23 level 1, level 2 and highest level mountain passes.
11 new stage towns
Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, Bourg-de-P้age, Bourg-l่s-Valence, Gueugnon, Longjumeau, Pamiers, Pauillac, Sisteron, Station des Rousses, Tournus, Wanze (Belgium).
This 3rd stage, Wanze-Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, will include 7 cobbled sectors over a total distance of 13,2 kilometres, divided up as follows:
3 sectors over a total distance of 2,2 kilometres in Belgium,
4 sectors over a total distance of 11 kilometres in France.
The last five times that cobbled sectors were included on the Tour programme, the total number of kilometres was as follows: 1982: 16,9 km - 1983: 28,4 km - 1985: 10,5 km - 1989: 8,5 km - 2004: 3,9 km.
The Tour Summits
The 2010 Tour de France will include a total of 23 mountain passes or summit finishes classified level one, level two and highest level.
They are divided up as follows:
1 in the Jura
8 in the Alps
2 in the C้vennes
12 in the Pyrenees
In the five previous editions of the race, the total was as follows: 23 in 2005, 22 in 2006 and 2007, 17 in 2008 and 20 in 2009.