Originally posted by george4x4 How do all the spectators find out - even if its only a couple of weeks beforehand? Thank-you for replies but surely someone has experiences they can pass on that will assist further.
Have you ever read Tim Moore's "French Revolutions". In his acknowledgements he says, and I quote, "and the Tour de France press office, whithout whom none of this would have been difficult". He is referring to the lack of info provided by the officials on the route taken. you probably won't get a finalised route until 5-6 weeks before the start of the race.
I went to France in 2001 and there were detailed maps and times available on the letour.com website. I was able to get a great spot in the Alps on a perfect day. (July 17, the day Lance gave Jan the look and won at L'Alp.)
I will be in Belgium for the first few days this year and have also not yet seen any maps, but I'm sure they will be available. There are many folks throughout Europe who want to know. I think there are lots of last-minute logistical nightmares to finalizing the route.
Yeah. After you click the link below each stage, the screen will then display a few links in the upper left corner. Click Dynamic profil, and you will see the profile of each stage. It gives the altitudes and the names of all the towns it goes through. This is a really nice, detailed listing and would be probably enough to ride the whole tour right now to see what it would be like.