8. The Route

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The Tour takes a dif­fer­ent route through France each year. It of­ten be­gins in another coun­try al­to­gether, but it al­ways in­cludes vis­its to the Pyrénées and the French Alps and ends on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Af­ter last year’s hugely pop­u­lar kick off in North­ern Eng­land, this year the race has a more tra­di­tional start­ing point. The Nether­lands will host the Tour de France Grand Dé­part for a record sixth time. From the city of Utrecht, the race will make its way through Bel­gium and then all the way across the north of France, vis­it­ing cities such as Amiens and Le Havre, be­fore fly­ing down to the Span­ish bor­der to make the jour­ney through the Pyrénées and east to the Alps.

The penul­ti­mate day of rac­ing will see the riders scal­ing the dizzy

Be sure to catch one of Aus­tralia’s favourite French chefs – Gabriel Gaté – be­fore the race each evening. Gaté cooks up a de­li­cious dish from each stage’s re­gion in his Taste Le Tour seg­ment on SBS.

So, this July, stay up late ev­ery night to soak up the scenery and ex­pe­ri­ence the thrills of the world’s big­gest an­nual sport­ing event.

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