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Tour de France 2005

Date range:
July 2-24, 2005
  • Tour de France, France, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      19km
      Start location:
      Fromentine
      End location:
      Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile ITT
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      181.5km
      Start location:
      Challans
      End location:
      Les Essarts
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      212.5km
      Start location:
      La Châtaigneraie
      End location:
      Tours
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      67.5km
      Start location:
      Tours
      End location:
      Blois TTT
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      183km
      Start location:
      Chambord
      End location:
      Montargis
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Troyes
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      228.5km
      Start location:
      Lunéville
      End location:
      Karlsruhe
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      231.5km
      Start location:
      Pforzheim
      End location:
      Gérardmer
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      192.5km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Courchevel
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Courchevel
      End location:
      Briançon
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Briançon
      End location:
      Digne-les-Bains
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      173.5km
      Start location:
      Miramas
      End location:
      Montpellier
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      220.5km
      Start location:
      Agde
      End location:
      Ax-3 Domaines
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      205.5km
      Start location:
      Lézat-sur-Lèze
      End location:
      Saint-Lary Soulan (Pla d'Adet)
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      180.5km
      Start location:
      Mourenx
      End location:
      Pau
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      239.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Revel
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Albi
      End location:
      Mende
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      153.5km
      Start location:
      Issoire
      End location:
      Le Puy-en-Velay
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      55km
      Start location:
      Saint-Etienne
      End location:
      Saint-Etienne ITT
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      144km
      Start location:
      Corbeil-Essonnes
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 03, Stage 2: Challans - Les Essarts 181.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
July 03, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 13:09 BST

The first road stage of the Tour hugs the west coast for about half the stage before heading inland...

The first road stage of the Tour hugs the west coast for about half the stage before heading inland for the finish in Les Essarts, a town associated with battles during the French Revolution. There's sure to be a battle royale going on at about 5pm on Sunday as Davitamon-Lotto's Robbie McEwen, Quickstep's Tom Boonen and Credit Agricole's Thor Hushovd have their first hit-out at the end of this flat stage, which shouldn't pose too many problems for any of the riders. There'll most likely be a surprise race leader on Sunday evening as most GC riders stay safely tucked away in the middle of the bunch, allowing the showmen to have their time in the sun.


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