Tour de France Cycling
Tour de France 2015 in Provence
The 2015 Tour de France cycling race begins on the Fourth of July in Utrecht, Holland. It crosses the north of France to Brittany in 9 stages, and on 14 July (French Independence Day) begins the first stage in the South of France.
The purpose of our Provence-Beyond Tour-de-France page is to show you where and when the 2015 Tour passes through our Beyond territory of South-Central and Southeast France. Complete Tour-de-France 2015 information is available directly from the La Tour website (www.letour.fr/le-tour/2015/us/), along with very detailed route maps for each stage.
Stage 10: Tarbes - La Pierre-St-Martin
14 July (Tuesday) the Tour departs the town of Tarbes in the Pyrennees, 150 km southwest of Toulouse [our photo]. This stage heads west, past the town of Pau, then south to La Pierre-Saint-Martin on the Spanish border.
Stage 11: Pau - Lourdes - Cauterets
15 July (Wednesday) the Tour sets off from Pau, 200 km west of Toulouse. The route is southeast, through the town of Lourdes, then a loop south and west again through the Pyrénées mountains near the border with Spain.
Stage 12: Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille
16 July (Thursday) departure is from Lannemezan, 35 km east of Tarbes and 120 km southwest of Toulouse. This is a very mountainous stage east-southeast through the Pyrénées and the Ariège to the Plateau de Beille. The mountain-top finish is at 1780 m altitude, 40 km south of Foix and 150 km east of Perpignan (our photo).
Stage 13: Muret - Rodez
17 July (Friday) Muret departure is a village just 20 km southwest the center of Toulouse.
The route goes northeast, skirting Toulouse and skirting Alpp to arrive at Rodez, 150 km northeast of Toulouse and 110 km east of Cahors (our photo).
Stage 14: Rodez - Mende
Within just a few km east of Ste Enimie along the Tarn (off the Tour route, you have the very picturesque little Tarn-river villages of Prades, Castelbouc, Blajoux, Montbrun and Ispagnac.
Just past Ispagnac (and 30 minutes east of Ste-Enimie) is the town of Florac, with shops and a few hotels.
Stage 15: Mende - Valence
Around mid-day the route will pass Pont d'Ucel on the Ardèche, 30 km north of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc at the top of the Ardèche Gorges (Gorges de l Ardèche)
Stage 16: Bourg-de-Péage - Gap
20 July (Monday) the Tour departs the town of Bourg-de-Péage,18 km northeast of Valence (Valence Area Map). The cycling route is south to the town of Crest on the Drôme, the east along the Drôme river valley, the towns of Die and Luc-en-Diois, and over the Col de Cabre to Aspres-sur-Buech in the Haute Alpes, just 12 km north of Serres.
From Aspres-sur-Buech the route passes through Veynes and on to the stage finish in Gap.
Stage 17: Digne-les-Bains - Pra Loup
From Castellane the route goes northeast along the side of the Lac de Castillon and over to Annot, which is on the line of the picturesque Train des Pignes and near the fortified village of Entrevaux.
From Annot the cyclists head north past Le Fugeret and Meailles villages to the upper Verdon River vally to Colmars (fortified by Vauban), Allos village and La Foux d'Allos ski station, over the 2250-m high Col d'Allos and up to Pra Loup, beside Barcelonnette.