top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

Map: Does this year’s Tour de France pass through a town near you?

We look at where cyclists will be as well as give some tips for watching the event

The Tour de France involves nearly 200 riders competing over the course of more than three weeks Pic: Jerome LABOUYRIE / Shutterstock

The Tour de France begins today (Friday July 1), kicking off in Copenhagen and ending over three weeks later in Paris on July 24. 

The route passes through nine new towns and cities, including five in Denmark, one in Switzerland and three in France. These are: 

  • Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Roskilde (Denmark)

  • Nyborg (Denmark)

  • Vejle (Denmark)

  • Sønderborg (Denmark)

  • Aigle (Switzerland)

  • Castelnau-Magnoac (Hautes-Pyrénées, Occitanie)

  • Lacapelle-Marival (Lot, Occitanie)

  • Rocamadour (Lot, Occitanie) 

You can see the full map of the route below, including the dates the riders will pass through the different places.

Credit: A.S.O.

Attending the Tour de France

The Tour de France is free access unless you want to buy a VIP experience that can include riding in official Tour de France cars or a helicopter ride above the race. 

Otherwise, you can pick a spot you like along the route and wait for the riders to come. 

The Tour de France’s official website has all the information about each stage, including when the caravan will pass different points – the caravan precedes the riders by around one hour. It is a string of vehicles advertising different products. They usually throw goodies into the crowd.

After clicking on the link above, choose the stage that you wish to attend and then scroll down until you see “time schedule” (as shown in image below).

Credit: Screenshot / Tour de France

You can also download the official Tour de France phone application for more information. 

Be aware that you may have to find a spot early before the crowds get too dense, and then you may have to wait for several hours before seeing any action. It is best to bring appropriate clothes and/or sun cream if necessary. You may also want to consider taking a picnic. 

You are encouraged to cheer on the riders but be very conscious about staying out their way. Do not encroach onto the road when they are passing. 

In last year’s race a woman stepped onto the road to hold up a sign for her grandparents and ended up causing a huge crash. She was fined €1,200. 

Read more: Fan who caused rider pile-up at Tour de France given €1,200 fine

The best place to interact with the riders is at the departure places. They are more likely to be willing to sign autographs or say hello there. 

For more information about the race, see the Tour’s official website here.

Related articles

Beer cheat, peeing, Donald Trump: Six facts about the Tour de France

7 French expressions to talk about the Tour de France

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now