In recent years the ITT’s in La Grande Boucle were getting less and less prominent. The 2017 edition opens with a 14 kilometres chronorace, while this stage brings a route of 22.5 kilometres – that’s 36.5 kilometres combined. Not that long ago there were two time trials at that distance scheduled in one Tour de France.
The riders roll off the ramp near Stade Vélodrome to arrive there as well. The route runs on flat roads to the foot of the steep ramps to Notre-Dame de la Garde. This basilica overlooks the city of Marseille and the climb is 1.2 kilometre at 9.1%. Following a 2 kilometres descent the last 5 kilometres head back to the home base of the Olympique de Marseille football club.
The route goes along La Corniche, the picturesque seaside road, and the old harbour Le Vieux Port.
It is the 35th time Marseille hosts the Tour de France. In the very first edition, in 1903, Hippolyte Aucouturier won a 374 kilometres stage from Lyon, while Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in 2013. This was also last the time the Tour de France visited Marseille.
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