New Details of 2015 Tour de France

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Organisers of the Tour de France today confirmed the route the 2015 race, the 102nd edition, will take.

And, with the intention of breaking away from tradition, the plains, mountains and time trials are included in unprecedented proportions, a move which may well upset pre-established plans.

Riders participating in the 2015 Tour de France will only have 14 kilometres of individual time trials to show their stuff, making it the shortest distance since its systematic inclusion in 1947.

The desire is to not hold up the race, said Christian Prudhomme.

When the first portion of the 2015 Tour takes the peloton from Utrecht and The Netherlands to the heart of Brittany, passing by the landmarks of the Spring Classics or along the Normandy coast, the Tour boss sees much more than a long week of flatlands.

Do not imagine that it will be a nagging procession. With arrivals like the Mur de Huy, the Paris-Roubaix cobblestones, Mr de Bretagne or even the atypical team trial at Plumelec, the Tour de France can be played out anywhere, he added.

As in 2014, the ambitious will not wait for the highest summits to declare their intentions. However, they will need to confirm their strength and resist the attacks from another category of riders by attacking the demanding mountain programme.

A new Pyrenean route will begin the festival of climbs, with an arrival at the Pierre-Saint-Martin ski station. A series of attacks and counter-attacks could then emerge on the Plateau de Beille climb, which leads to the Mende airfield, then the entry into the Alps with a return to Pra-Loup, the reappearance of Maurienne that will feature the Montvernier switchbacks, while those of Alpe-dHuez will be the last chance to shake up the final podium positions, 24 hours before the end of the Tour.

The copious mountain programme, with notably 5 mountain top finishes, is a veiled reference to the arrival 40 years ago of the polka dot jersey in the peloton. The 1975 race will be particularly honoured because the finish at Pra-Loup precipitated the end of Eddy Merckxs reign. The man responsible, Bernard Thvenet also became the first Tour winner to be crowned on the Champs-Elyses. The final bouquet will also be an anniversary bouquet.

Flat Points

A new points distribution system will be implemented on the 9 flat stages of the 2015 Tour de France to give more importance to stage victories.

New points distribution on "flat" stages: 50, 30, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 points for the first 15 riders completing the stage.

Former points distribution: 45, 35, 30, 26, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 for the first 15 riders completing the stage.

The 2015 Tour de France is scheduled to start on 4 July 2015 and end on 26 July 2015.

Tour de France, France, Cycling

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