3,540 kilometres of racing across 21 of the toughest days in the cycling calendar. Check out every stage of the 2017 Tour de France.
A sprint is expected on day two with the race leaving Germany for the famous cycling city Liege, just over the border in Belgium. A late fourth category climb could cause fireworks, but the sprinters should back themselves to contest the win.
The Tour will pass through three countries on day three: Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The finish in Longwy is atop the third category Cote des Religieuses and, whoever prevails in the uphill sprint, will hope to take the yellow jersey.
For the final time in 2017 the stage starts outside of France, in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg, before winding its way south to Vittel for what looks like another early chance for the sprinters.
The scene of Chris Froome’s first Tour de France stage win, La Planche des Belles Filles is a gruelling climb, and the first serious mountain test of the 2017 edition. It’s only the third time the mountain has been included in the Tour, but the 5.9km climb has already developed a fearsome reputation. Expect fireworks at the end of the short and sharp 160.5km stage.
Before heading south the race heads inland and sets up another chance for the sprinters into Troyes.
The sprinters will be hoping to double up on stage seven, with another reasonably flat day. A late fourth category ascent - the Cote d’Urcy - could provide some motivation for an inspired breakaway into Nuits-Saint-Georges.
With 4,600m of climbing on the menu, stage nine looks set to be a beast. The riders will climb from the gun in Nantua and tackle seven categorised climbs in all, culminating in the hors categorie Mont du Chat. With a flat finish it might not be too selective, but there’s sure to be some movement on the general classification ahead of the first rest day.
After the race packs up to fly from the east of France to the west, enjoying the first rest day in Dordogne, the sprinters are likely to come to the fore on stage 10, with the fast men battling it out in Bergerac.
Another back-to-back chance for the sprinters, with the finish in Pau looking likely to welcome a bunch kick.
A leg sapping 215km stage will greet the riders when they hit the Pyrenees, with six categorised climbs to contend with. The final kilometre of the stage should be spectacular, raced on a runway at the only airport in the Pyrenees. A 200 metre section with a gradient of 16% will just add to the drama.
Brace yourselves for a breathtaking stage. Just 100km long but containing three first category climbs, the action will go from the gun until the last metre in Foix. A strong team is likely to be essential, otherwise stage 13 could well prove to be unlucky for some GC contenders.
After the excitement of the day before, stage 14 should prove to be a little more sedate. It is likely to be too tough for the sprinters though, with three category three climbs squeezed into the second half of the stage, ahead of the uphill finish into Rodez.
Just 17km into stage 15 the peloton will face a tough first category climb up to over 1,000 metres of altitude in what should be an intriguing stage. Two further late climbs could well entice a large breakaway group ahead of a fast finish.
Stage 16 should ease the peloton back into action after the race’s second rest day. Two early climbs are unlikely to cause too big a problem for the sprinters, who will be licking their lips over the flat finish in Romans-sur-Isere.
Three huge climbs in the Alps could see big movement on the leaderboard after stage 17. The Col de la Croix de Fer, the Col du Telegraph and the Col du Galibier all lie in wait, with a tasty 20km descent to finish. Buckle up.