The Tour de France celebrates its 100th edition in 2013. The first Tour took place in 1903. Some editions were cancelled because of the World Wars.
The 2013 edition refers to the 1903 edition with an all-France parcours and some finishes in the same cities, like Lyon and Marseille.
In between, the Tour travels through the country in a peculiar way, due to its start on the isle of Corse. There, the first climbs can be expected.
Next, it goes via the Mediterranean
coast towards the Pyrenees. A light-menu Pyrenees awaits the riders this year with a finish on Ax-3-Domaines. Via a detour in the Northwest of France,
the Tour returns to the south via the Massif Central.
mountain stage there finishes up the Mont Ventoux (side Bédoin). Next, there are two more top finishes in the Alps with the Alpe d'Huez (climbed twice in the same stage) and
Le Grand Bornand. Including also a time-trial,
the last week is expected to be all-decisive. All-in-all, the Tour 2013 is more difficult and balanced than its predecessor and has much better designed mountain stages.