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Tour de France 2013

Date range:
June 29 - July 21, 2013
  • Tour de France, France
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      213km
      Start location:
      Porto-Vecchio
      End location:
      Bastia
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Bastia
      End location:
      Ajaccio
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Ajaccio
      End location:
      Calvi
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      25km
      Location
      Nice (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      228.5km
      Start location:
      Cagnes-sur-mer
      End location:
      Marseille
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      176.5km
      Start location:
      Aix-en-Provence
      End location:
      Montpellier
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      205.5km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Albi
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      195km
      Start location:
      Castres
      End location:
      Ax 3 Domaines
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      168.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Girons
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Bigorre
    • Rest day 1

      Location
      Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      St-Gildas-des-Bois
      End location:
      Saint Malo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      33km
      Start location:
      Avranches
      End location:
      Mont-Saint-Michel (ITT)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      218km
      Start location:
      Fougères
      End location:
      Tours
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Tours
      End location:
      Saint-Amand-Montrond
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
      End location:
      Lyon
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      242.5km
      Start location:
      Givors
      End location:
      Mont Ventoux
    • Rest day 2

      Location
      Vaucluse province (Avignon, Orange)
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      168km
      Start location:
      Vaison-la-Romaine
      End location:
      Gap
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      32km
      Start location:
      Embrun
      End location:
      Chorges (ITT)
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      172.5km
      Start location:
      Gap
      End location:
      l'Alpe d'Huez
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      204.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg d'Oisans
      End location:
      Le Grand Bornand
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      125km
      Start location:
      Annecy
      End location:
      Annecy-Semnoz
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      133.5km
      Start location:
      Versailles
      End location:
      Paris - Champs-Elysées
  • Race history

June 30, Stage 2: Bastia - Ajaccio 156km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 29, 2013, 5:13 BST,
Updated:
June 17, 2013, 19:58 BST

Bastia - Ajaccio, 156 km

The puncheurs' day in the sun?

The debate about when to take the Tour to Corsica has been going on since the mid-1980s but only recently did these discussions become more substantial. ASO had long known it would be hard to spend just a single day on Corsica given the logistical difficulties of transporting the race infrastructure to and from the island - resulting in this year's three-day Grand Départ.

Impetus for the project has come both from Tour director Christian Prudhomme and his long-time Corsican friend Pierre Cangioni, who gave the Tour boss his first job in TV. Cangioni will be particularly pleased with this stage, since it takes in the Vizzavona climb on his home patch. The race is likely to break up here, and perhaps even before.

The GC contenders will need to be careful not to get caught out. Expect puncheurs to be prominent too, especially on the Côte du Salario, just 12km from the finish. When the lead group reaches Ajaccio, it could be very small indeed, with few sprinters likely to be in evidence.

Nicolas Portal: "A lot will depend on who's in yellow. If it's Cav, he may find this stage too hard so his team won't try to control it. These are not big mountains, but the GC riders will want to be at the front and the tension will be high. Someone could lose the Tour on this stage or the next one."

Local history

Could Corsica provide a platform for the relaunch of Andy Schleck's Grand Tour career? Elder brother Fränk won the Critérium International here in 2011, while 2010 Tour champion Andy has undertaken detailed reconnaissance of these stages, revealing they are likely to be much tougher than many riders suspect.

Maps and profiles courtesy of ASO

Tour de France 2013: Stage 2 map

Tour de France 2013: Stage 2 profile