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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

July 01, Stage 3: Ajaccio - Calvi 145.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 29, 2013, 5:14 BST,
Updated:
June 17, 2013, 19:59 BST

Ajaccio - Calvi 145.5 km

A big day for the Frenchmen

Like the stage the day before, anyone who gets caught out by a mechanical problem or ends up isolated because of a tactical error could lose significant time, especially if they are regarded as a likely contender and their rivals are determined to make them pay. The roads are tight, twisitng and bump up and down all day, crossing five climbs. The first comes right from the start. It will be interesting to see who is warming up frantically before the flag drops, as there's bound to be a mad dash to get into the breakaway group, with puncheurs once again likely to be very evident.

The stage is short and there's every chance that a strong group could escape at the off and never be seen by the peloton again. The French now have a host of names who will be putting an X next to this stage, led by Sylvain Chavanel and perhaps even Thomas Voeckler, if he's fully fit. Any one of FDJ's riders could be involved as well. The final summit comes just 13km from the inish. It's got to be Chavanel, hasn't it? Expect fireworks from Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Chavanel, who'll be looking to add to his Tour stage win from 2010

Stephen Roche: "The second two stages in Corsica are going to result in some very tired bodies. Once you get off the main roads in the centre of the island, the terrain is very rugged and it's hard going with lots of small roads. A lot of the riders will find these stages a real eye-opener, especially if it's hot."

Local history

Winner of four Tour stages including one last year, Pierrick Fédrigo is one of the few riders in the peloton to have enjoyed significant success in Corsica. In 2010, he won the first stage of the first Corsica-hosted Critérium International to the Col de l'Ospedale and held on to win the overall title ahead of Michael Rogers.

Maps and profiles courtesy of ASO

Tour de France 2013: Stage 3 map

Tour de France 2013: Stage 3 profile