Corsica Tapped to Start the 2013 Tour de France

corsica map, tour de franceThe Tour de France’s 100th running will begin in Corsica. It will be the first time that the Tour has visited Corsica since the race was founded in 1903.

The 2013 Grand D├ępart will start in Porto Vecchio, making a loop down to Bonifacio before turning up to the east coast and ending with a sprint into Bastia.

Then the flat roads are over; riders will depart from Bastia and head into the center of the island toward Corte, then down toward the finish in Ajaccio.

The third stage runs along the west coast of Corsica from Ajaccio to Calvi, passing World Heritage site Piana.

Dates of the Corsica Stages of the 2013 Tour de France

Saturday June 29: Porto-Vecchio to Bastia, 200 km
Sunday June 30: Bastia to Ajaccio, 155 km
Monday July 1: Ajaccio to Calvi, 145 km

Lodging in Corsica

Below are the major cities the 2013 Tour de France passes through on the first three stages in Corsica.

Porto Vecchio
Bonifacio
Bastia
Ajaccio
Calvi
Piana

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