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October 14th, 2009 by Sam in Tour De France
The 2010 Tour de France route has been unveiled today (Wednesday) at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.
The 97th Tour de France runs from Saturday July 3rd to Sunday July 25th 2010. This year, the Tour de France will cover a total distance of 3,600 kilometres and Morzine Avoriaz will play a big part in the route. History speaks for itself…Morzine Avoriaz and the Tour have enjoyed a solid alliance since 1975 – this will be the Tour’s twenty fourth visit to the resort, and will include a rest day to boot!
Morzine is confirmed as official stopover and rest day on 11th & 12th July 2010.
The route is one of the hilliest in years. Starting in Rotterdam the route takes the riders down through Belgium before crossing back over in to Reims in France and then into Morzine for the first of two stopovers en route to the final destination of Paris Champs-Élysées on Sunday 25th July.
The stages in Morzine Avoriaz will run from the Jura Mountains to the Alps… From Saturday 10th July the pack will encounter some steep challenges and on Sunday 11th it will be the first real contact with high mountain peaks where they will arrive in Morzine Avoriaz. Rarely climbed – twice only – the Ramaz pass sits at an alt. of 1615m, 40km from the high 1800 altitude finish in Avoriaz, which was last visited by the Tour sixteen years ago.
At the end of the 1970s, Avoriaz, the high-altitude ski resort that is part of the town of Morzine, specialised in hosting hill climb time-trials at 1,800 metres altitude. In 1985 Lucho Herrera was the first to reach the “Gateway to the Sun” in a stage similar to the one planned for this year’s riders.
With four climbs on the programme, this will be the major alpine stage, following the first rest day in Morzine village. The stage will start in Haute-Savoie then, after a climb to the Colombière mountain pass, cross the border into Savoie and the Aravis pass, followed by the Saisies pass. The final and most gruelling challenge will be the Madeleine pass that lies thirty kilometres from the finish in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.