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2013 Tour de France route presented in Paris

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The route of the 2013 Tour de France was presented in Paris on Wednesday and the 100th edition of La Grande Boucle is set to be a balanced affair, with two individual time trials offset by four mountain top finishes and a testing final week in the Alps.

While rumours of a final stage to l’Alpe d’Huez proved wide of the mark, the Alpine climb does feature in a novel way in the 2013 Tour, with the peloton set to scale it twice during stage 18. That other enduring summit finish of Tour lore, Mont Ventoux, also features on the route, while there is a tough foray into the Pyrenees at the end of the opening week.

There is novelty, too, in the final stage of the race as the peloton will reach the Champs-Elysees as night falls, with the stage finish in Paris set for 9:45. For the first time, the peloton will go all the way to the top of the Champs-Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe as part of the finishing circuit, as Paris showcases itself as the City of Lights.