8. The Route
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.