Tour de France 2010
Running from Saturday July 3rd to Sunday July 25th 2010, the 97th Tour de France will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,642 kilometres.
The 2010 Tour will be launched from the south side of Rotterdam (Netherlands), for a prologue time-trial. The launching pad will actually be set up in Zuidplein, from where the riders will move north.
- Wednesday 30th June: Opening of the organisation HQ and the press centre at Ahoy’ Rotterdam. This vast complex consisting of conference rooms and exhibition halls is situated in the south of the city.
- Thursday 1st July: Presentation of the teams for the 2010 Tour de France.
- Saturday 3rd July: Start and finish of the first stage near Ahoy’ Rotterdam.
- Sunday 4th July: Start of the second stage at De Heuvelpark.
Some of the top favorites or top names?
Yes, Lance Armstrong is still in there.
also, Spain's Alberto Contador, the two-time winner and defending champion,
Ivan Basso (Italy)
Cadel Evans (Autralia)
Carlos Sastre (Spain)
Andy Schleck (Luxembourg)
Frank Schleck (Luxembourg)
Christian Vande Velde (American)
Brad Wiggins (UK)
As is usual, the Tour is likely to be decided in the mountains. However, the inclusion of cobblestoned roads for the first time since 2004 could make a difference as well, if any leading contenders experience falls, flat tires, or other problems. From the Netherlands, the Tour goes on to Belgium and then into France starting with stage 3.
From there, the race goes south through France and gets into the hills.