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9 June 2021   |   Blog   |   

Looking Forward to the Tour de France 2021

The Greatest Race on Earth is back! The Tour de France 2021 is coming this month! The tour is set to take place between Sat, 26 Jun 2021 – Sun, 18 Jul 2021.

Tour de France 2019 – 28/07/2019 – Etape 21 – Rambouillet / Paris – Champs-Elysees (128 km) – l’Arc de Triomphe

Last year’s race was an incredible affair. From Stephen Roche’s combativity award on stage 6, to Sam Bennett’s 2 stage wins on stage 10 and the prestigious final stage on the Champs-Élysées. With his victories, Bennett joined a fairly exclusive club of riders who have won stages on all 3 of the cycling Grand Tours. His strong performance also saw him take the green jersey and overall title in the points classification. He finished almost 100 points clear of his nearest competitor. In the process he also joined a group, of only a handful of riders, who have won the iconic Champs Elysees stage while wearing the green jersey.

03/09/2020 – Tour de France 2020 – Etape 6 – Le Teil / Mont Aigoual (191 km) – Nicolas ROCHE (TEAM SUNWEB) – Combatif du jour

It was an incredible moment, not only for Bennett but for Irish Cycling on the whole. Becoming the first Irish rider to win a jersey at the Tour for over 30 years, and taking the jersey ahead of former teammate, and winner of seven of the previous eight Green Jerseys, Peter Sagan.

Sean Kelly, the last Irish winner of Green in 1989, said

“I think it’s going to be really important for Irish cycling, because now, with the exposure we’re getting at home, the younger generation … will get more into cycling, and that’s what we need.”
19/09/2020 – Tour de France 2020 – Etape 20 – Lure / La Planche des Belles Filles (36,2 km CLM) – Sam BENNETT (DECEUNINCK – QUICK – STEP)

While seven-time Irish road cycling champion, Martyn Irvine, described the 2020 points classification competition as,

“One of the best Green Jersey races I’ve seen since I’ve been involved in cycling.”

Now, with the additional presence of team Israel Start-Up Nation rider, Dan Martin, the 2021 ‘Race for Yellow’ looks like it could be just as, if not more, electrifying than the last.

Martin himself has been enjoying a successful start to his season this year. On 26 May 2021, he won stage 17 of the 2021 Giro d’Italia.  He now also has at least one stage win at all three of the grand tours. He went on to finish the Giro in 10th Overall.

The 2021 tour starts with four stages in the scenic region of Brittany. The second stage features the feared climb of the Mur de Bretagne. The last time a stage of the tour finished here, it was Martin, then riding for UAE team Emirates, who took the stage win. Coming off his good form and stage win at the 2021 Giro, will the 34-year-old rider be able to repeat the past in Brittany this year?

Tour de France 2018 – 22/07/2018 – Etape 15 – Millau / Carcassonne (181.5 Km) –

This year’s tour includes 8 flat stages. That gives plenty of opportunity for the sprinters to lay down their intentions. This year, the first of the flat stages comes as early as stage 3.

There will be 10 new stage host cities or towns on this edition of the tour, these include;

  • Landerneau (finish stage 1)
  • Pontivy (finish stage 3)
  • Changé (start stage 5)
  • Vierzon (start stage 7)
  • Sorgues (start stage 11)
  • Malaucène (finish stage 11)
  • Quillan (finish stage 14)
  • Céret (start stage 15)
  • Pas de la Case (start stage 16)
  • Chatou (start stage 21)

The route will feature 2 individual time trials (which hasn’t occurred since 2017) and will include the longest individual stage since 2000, as stage 7 sees the peloton take on a 249.5 km route between Vierzon and Le Creusot.

As ever, the Tour will enjoy it’s iconic finish on Paris’s Avenue Champs-Élysées. The question on everybody’s lips will be, can Sam Bennett repeat his heroic efforts from 2020 to cross the line first in the French capital? And, if he does, what colour jersey will he be in?

04/09/2020 – Tour de France 2020 – Etape 7 – Millau / Lavaur (168 km) – Sam BENNETT (DECEUNINCK – QUICK – STEP)

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