It’s official: this year the tour de France will pass through Charente-Maritime!
The stages of the Tour de France in Charente-Maritime
Cycling enthusiasts have been dreaming about this for a long time. Now, at last, this year’s Tour de France will stop off in Charente-Maritime. The competitors will arrive in la Rochelle after their Pyrenean stage on or around July 5th. The tenth stage in the race, from the île d’Oléron to the île de Ré, starts on Tuesday 7th July.
The course between the two islands takes in a gloriously beautiful part of the Charentes coastline, not to mention Marennes, the La Coubre forest, La Palmyre, Royan, l’Éguille-sur-Seudre, Rochefort, Fouras, Châtelaillon-Plage and La Rochelle, before heading towards the Ile de Ré bridge and finishing with a sprint to the town of Saint-Martin de Ré.
On the next day, Wednesday 8th July, the peloton will start the 11th stage of the race, from Châtelaillon-Plage to Poitiers, crossing through the pays d’Aunis region.
Charentes: a great place for cycling
Charentes is a prime cycling destination boasting diverse itineraries and major long-distance cycle paths that will enable you to discover the various facets of the region.
The cycle routes are clearly sign-posted and extremely safe to use. They pass through landscapes exhibiting a kaleidoscope of colours, especially rich in shades of green and blue!
TDF © A.Broadway
Whether you’re an occasional cyclist, a cycling buff or a real pro, there are treasures aplenty to linger over (not forgetting the competitive aspect of things).
We’re confident that our favourite professional cyclists will make the most of this amazing route and even have the chance to take a short time-out to enjoy the best the Charentes region has to offer.
Cycling and holidays go hand-in-hand!
If you fancy following these key stages of the Tour de France in the Charentes, nothing could be easier – just book accommodation near the route to keep track of the progress of the race and cheer on the competitors!
The Charentes region boasts a wide range of accommodation options tailored to all budgets! So, what are you waiting for? Book your holiday in Charentes without delay!
TDF © B.Bade
So, what about you?
The Loopi app enables you to embark on an adventure with just a couple of clicks!
If you’d like to get in on the act and organize a cycling getaway, it’s child’s play to download the Loopi app, the key to being able to plan trips that are just right for you: cycle-friendly accommodation (Accueil Vélo), online itineraries and more. Let yourself be inspired by the tour de France and look forward to some wonderful cycle rides, whether as a family, a couple or with your friends!