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Tour de France 2010: Grand Depart – Rotterdam Prologue (July 3)

Yes it’s that time of year again. “Le Tour” starts tomorrow!

The 97th Tour de France, Saturday July 3 – Sunday July 25th covers 3,596 km (2,234 mi). A prologue stage tomorrow is followed by 20 stages on the way to the Arc de Triomphe in downtown Paris France.

Through the Official Tour de France 2010 webite, this embed from Youtube: The 2010 route in 3D.

The Outdoor Life Network (OLN) again this year is doing a daily Live feed from the tour stages. Tomorrow, starting at 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM (5:30-8:00 Paris time) OLN (Rogers Cable channel 58 – see your provider for OLN’s channel) and then every day after that for the first six stages at 8:30-11:30 AM ( Paris local time 2:30-5:30 PM) OLN will do a Live broadcast of the days stage.

You can view a good list in “Zap 2 It”, an online TV listings guide, that has a page just for Tour de France 2010 broadcasts in the Toronto area, here.

Lance Armstrong while not riding in this years tour co-owns and runs Team RadioShack, which is an invited team in this years event.

- edit july 3 –

Opps! Lance Armstrong is riding with Team Radio Shack! This is year 2 of Lance’s comeback after winning seven straight Tours from 1999 – 2005. Last year Armstrong finished 3rd in the Tour de France.

Next weekend starting Saturday July 10th the riders hit their first Mountain stage. On Sunday July 11th it’s the first High Mountain stage, over a distance of 189 km. These two days will be the first great test of the teams and will provide us with a glimpse of which has the stuff to be in contention in three weeks from now, after the six High Mountain stages to come.

Tour de France 2010 - July 11 2010 - Station des Rousses  Morzine-Avoriaz 189 km

Tour de France 2010 - July 11 2010 - 189 km

This years tour is putting special emphasis on mountain stages especially in the Pyrenees. (Yay!)

Bicycling Magazine has a nice resource page that you can refer to for maps every day of the tour: “Stage Maps of the 2010 Tour de France“, links to individual stage maps of each stage of this years tour (20). The official Tour de France web site is also a great resource.

The first stage is the “Grand Depart – Rotterdam Prologue“.

Here’s the screen shot of Bicycling.com’s first stage map, click above, or the map to go.

Tour de France - First Stage - Grand Depart, July 3, 2010

Tour de France - First Stage - Grand Depart, July 3, 2010

Wikipedia 2010 Tour de France page.

Update:

Individual Standings – time – after the Prologue

Tour de France Individual Standings - time - after prologue

Tour de France Individual Standings - time - after prologue

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