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    Mapping Le Tour: The Journey of the First 100 Tour de France Races

    By: Ellis Bacon

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    One hundred routes - one map shown for every year

    Most of the stages have been held in mainland France, although since the 1960s it has become common to visit nearby countries. Andorra, Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland have all hosted stages or part of a stage. Although the start varies each year the finish has always been in Paris. Since 1975 the finish has been on the Champs-Élysées in Paris; from 1903 to 1967 the race finished at the Parc des Princes stadium in western Paris and from 1968 to 1974 at the Piste Municipale south of the capital.

    Key statistics from each race include

    Total distance

    Highest point in race

    Longest stage

    Countries visited

    Average stage length

    Number of starters and finishers

    The history of le Tour through maps

    Each chapter will contain a decade's worth of maps, images, description and statistics. The chapter will covers the key highlights of that decade and how the tour progressed and changed in that period.

    2013 race

    The 2013 Tour de France is scheduled to start in Corsica. It is the only Metropolitan department the Tour has never passed through and the organisers wanted to combine this with the 100th edition of the Tour.

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