Tour de France 2021: the peloton sets off from Brest, start of the 108th edition

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Kick-off for the Tour de France on Saturday from Brest for the 108th edition of the competition, rich in sporting uncertainties but more peaceful than in 2020 in terms of health.

The Tour de France riders set off on Saturday June 26 at 12:30 p.m. from Brest for the first stage, creating a 197.8-kilometer loop through Finistère.

The first yellow jersey of the 2021 Tour will be awarded to La Fosse-aux-Loups, on the heights of Landerneau. Four small slopes appear on the route which visits Quimper, prefecture of the department, and the regional natural park of Armorique, before the final climb classified in third category in the hierarchy of the GP de la Montagne.

The conclusion, a climb of 3 kilometers at 5.6% but with an initial part at 14% slope, favors the punchers type Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and the world champion Julian Alaphilippe.

“I was not expecting such a tough finish,” said Alaphilippe after the reconnaissance, which is all the more necessary as the approach to the final ramp presents risks. “It will certainly be very nervous,” announced Guillaume Martin who, like many, expects falls, which are usual at the start of the race.

Landerneau (16,500 inhabitants), where the first Leclerc store was opened in 1949, is hosting the Tour for the first time. It is also the city of Jean Malléjac, second in the 1953 Tour in the jersey of the Western team.

The runners should arrive in Landerneau at 5:13 p.m. (average calculated at 42 km / h).

With an incidence rate measured on Friday at 15.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, Covid-19 does not seem to be circulating in Brittany at present. The mask is also not compulsory on the edge of the course, but it is still recommended and a health pass is required for spectators wishing to access the start and finish areas of the first four stages.

With AFP

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