Corsica earns first Tour de France stage- 7 Dec 2011 00:00:00
The Mediterranean island of Corsica will host the first three stages of the 100th Tour de France in 2013 - the first time the French island will have hosted a stage in the prestigious three-week race.
Christophe Prudhomme, the race director said: ‘For the hundredth edition of the race, we wanted to go somewhere new, somewhere spectacular.’
‘In Corsica we have all of that. We have everything in place for an enchanting start to the race.’
The teams' presentation will take place in Porto-Vecchio, with the first stage, a 201.5km ride to Bastia, expected to end in a sprint finish.
The second stage, covering 153km, will see the pelaton travel from Bastia to Ajaccio via Corte, with the climbers expected to hold an advantage across the stage.
The third stage, a 145km cycle from Ajaccio to Calvi, takes in the ruby red rocks around Piana in the north west of the island.
Every French region has hosted a stage of the Tour but the race had never previously crossed over to Corsica, off the south coast of France.
The 2012 race starts on 30th June, with Australia's Cadel Evans starting the defence of his title in the Belgian city of Liege.