Tour de France route for 2013 unveiled
Paris, France (Sports Network) - The route for the 100th edition of the Tour de France was unveiled Wednesday and cycling's most prestigious event will include 21 stages covering 3,360 kilometers or 2,088 miles.
The race will remain exclusively within France's borders for the first time in 10 years and will start on June 29 in Corsica, which the Tour is visiting for the first time.
France's landmarks will then be highlighted throughout the race, as the riders will race through the cities of Nice, Marseilles, Lyon and Versailles, and end with a trip around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on July 21.
There will be two time trials split evenly between the 11th and 17th stages.
Bradley Wiggins captured his first Tour de France championship and became the first British rider to win the event in 2012, grabbing the yellow jersey in Stage 7 and never relinquishing it.
The route's announcement comes days after seven-time winner Lance Armstrong was stripped of his titles by the International Cycling Union in the wake of a report from the United States Anti-Doping Agency that labeled the cancer survivor a drug cheat.
Tour de France organizers had indicated they would abide by the UCI's decision and would leave Armstrong's seven titles -- won in succession from 1999-2005 -- vacant.
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