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AttractionsTour de France

In July the national sport of France becomes cycling, thanks to the Tour de France. First held in 1903 Le Tour, as it in known in France, is a twenty-two day cycling odyssey that weaves itself around France. The 2003 Tour de France will be held from July 5th to July 27th, covers 3350 kilometers, 2,081.5 miles and travels through too many cities, towns and villages to count.
This year American Lance Armstrong will be going for his fifth straight win. If he is successful he will tie Spaniard Miguel Indurain record for most wins in a row.
Below is a schedule with starting and finishing locations linked to their respective tourist offices; those that I could find in English.
The official Tour de France is here.

Stage Date Location Distance
0 Saturday, July 5th Paris Prologue 8 km/4.9 miles
1 Sunday, July 6th Saint-Denis/Montgeron - Meaux 160 km/99.4 miles
2 Monday, July 7th La Ferté-sous-Jouarre - Sedan 195 km/221.1 miles
3 Monday, July 8th Charleville-Mézières - Saint-Dizier 160 km/99.4 miles
4 Monday, July 9th Joinville - Saint-Dizier 68 km/42.2 miles (Team Time Trial)
5 Monday, July 10th Troyes - Nevers 196 km/221.7 miles
6 Monday, July 11th Nevers - Lyon 230 km/142.9 miles
7 Monday, July 12th Lyon - Morzine 226.5 km/140.7 miles
8 Monday, July 13th Sallanches - L'Alpe d'Huez 211 km/131.1 miles
9 Monday, July 14th Bourg d'Oisans - Gap 184.5 km/114.6 miles
10 Monday, July 15th Gap - Marseille 195 km/221.1 miles
Rest Day Wednesday, July 16th Transfert to Narbonne 0
11 Sunday, July 17th Narbonne - Toulouse 160 km/99.4 miles
12 Monday, July 18th Gaillac - Cap' Découverte 48.5 km/30.1 miles (Individual Time Trial)
13 Monday, July 19th Toulouse (Cité de l'Espace) - Plateau de Bonascre 197 km/221.4
14 Monday, July 20th Saint-Girons - Loudenvielle 191.5 km/119.9 miles
15 Monday, July 21th Bagnères-de-Bigorre - Luz-Ardiden 159.5 km/99.1 miles
Rest Day Monday, July 22th Pau 0
16 Monday, July 23th Pau - Bayonne 197.5 km/122.8 miles
17 Monday, July 24th Dax - Bordeaux 165 km/102.5 miles
18 Monday, July 25th Bordeaux - Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole 200 km/124.2 miles
19 Monday, July 26th Pornic - Nantes 49 km/30.4 miles (Individual Time Trial)
20 Monday, July 27th Ville d'Avray - Paris Champs-Elysées 160 km/99.4 miles





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