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GRAND TOUR BLOG GIROGiro d'Italia

This year seen the 100th Giro d’Italia, taking place in both Ponte a Ema and Castellania - the  birthplaces of Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi.  The race will consisted of 21 stages (including 2 added  individual time trials for 2017 accumulating a total distance of 62.3km). 

 

 

GRAND TOUR BLOGTour de France

As usual, this incredibly famous event will begin on the 1st July 2017  until 23rd.  The 104th edition of the tour will consist of 21 stages and cover a total riding distance of 3,521km.  It will visit  3 of Frances neighbouring countries - Germany, Belgium and Luxemburg.

It's broken down into; 9 flat stages, 5 hills, 5 King of the Mountain stages, 2 individual time trials and 2 rest days. This year, the 5 mountain ranges of France are included in the route - this hasn't happened since '92!  And wait for it... There's also 10 new city stages | sites, too!  Including Dusseldorf (stage 1 ),  Nantua (stage 9),  Laissac-Severac  l'Eglise (stage 15) and Salon-de-Provence (stage 19).

Chris Froome is now a four-time title winner of the TDF - the record number of titles held is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

Ever wonder how the TDF ever got to be the biggest Classic race of all time?  Read how times have changed - here.

SPAIN JERSEY VISUALVuelta a Espana

Beginning on August 19th, the 72nd edition of this Spanish La Vuelta  will consist of 21 stages; 5 flat, 8 hill stages, 5 mountain climbs, 1 individual time trial and 1 team time trial.  The final grand tour of the season won't be easy; including stages like the  Angliru on the penultimate day, is the most prominent - and don't forget a nice 30km climb in Sierra Nevada too.  It's any general classification riders race this year; with various amendments from stage 10 (Caravaca Jubilar to El Pozo Alimentación) to stage 16 (time trial).