2000 Tour de France
July 1-23
21 stages
3,630 km
The 87th Tour de France features 11 flat stages, two middle mountain stages, five high mountain stages, two individual time trials and one team time trial. The Tour begins July 1 at France's Futuroscope and visits Switzerland and Germany before the traditional finish July 23 on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
July 1: Futuroscope
16 km time trial
The 2000 Tour de France opens with a 16-kilometer time trial around Futuroscope, a futuristic amusement park that opened in 1987. It's the sixth time Futuroscope has played host to the Tour.
July 2: Futuroscope to Loudun
194 km
The 20 teams leave Futuroscope en route for Loudun, a 194-kilometer journey across a flat plain towards the west coast of France.
July 3: Loudun to Nantes
170 km
As the riders head towards the Atlantic, Stage 3 poses little difficulty in the lowlands of the northwest.
July 4: Nantes to Saint-Nazaire
69 km team time trial
For the first time in five years, the Tour will feature a team time trial. Solid, powerful riders are required to win a team time trial, whereas mountain specialists need a squad of diminutive climbers to help them in the ascents.
July 5: Vannes to Vitré
202 km
One of the longer stages of the Tour, Stage 5 has a series of category 3 and 4 climbs as the riders head for the medieval town of Vitré, which lies on the outskirts of Brittany.
July 6: Vitré to Tours
198.5 km
From Vitré, the Tour heads south through central France. For the second consecutive day, the peloton will ride more than 125 miles in the July heat.
July 7: Tours to Limoges
205.5 km
As the riders race towards the Spanish border, just one category 4 climb impedes their way. After seven stages in '99, Lance Armstrong sat in sixth place, 46 seconds behind the leader, Jaan Kirsipuu.
July 8: Limoges to Villeneuve sur Lot
203.5 km
After starting with a brief category 3 hill at Côte de Petit Puy-Mathieu, the riders will spend much of their afternoon descending rather than ascending.
July 9: Agen to Dax
182 km
The sprinters will look to take advantage one final time as the course stays flat. During the ninth stage of 1999, an individual time trial, Lance Armstrong took over the yellow jersey.
July 10: Dax to Lourdes-Hautacam
205 km
After nine days, the teams finally begin to ascend into the mountains. The riders attack the Pyrénées in a stage that will scale the Col d'Aubisque and finish with a 13.5-kilometer climb up an 8.5 percent hill to Monteé d'Hautacam, the scene of one of Miguel Indurain's most devastating displays.
July 11: Bagnéres-de-Bigorre to Revel
219 km
The Tour reaches its midway point as the riders leave the Pyrénées and face a series of category 3 and 4 difficulties. After the stage, the riders fly to Carpentras for a day of rest.
July 13: Carpentras to Mont Ventoux
149 km
With their rest day behind them, the riders continue through southern France with a short, yet dreaded stage that concludes with a steep 21-kilometer route to Mont Ventoux. The climb is so demanding that only five stages have finished here in Tour history; it claimed the life of British rider Tom Simpson in 1967.
July 14: Avignon to Draguignan
180 km
With the host nation celebrating Bastille Day, the riders begin the 13th stage on flat ground for the 180-kilometer ride from Avignon to Draguignan. A series of category 4 climbs can do little to prepare them for the next few stages as they head for the peaks of the French Alps.
July 15: Draguignan to Briancon
249 km
Today the riders begin a stretch of three daunting climbs in four days. Stage 14 ventures into the French Alps in a nasty 249 km climb that has not been traveled in the Tour since 1949. The route is a historic climb that covers the Cols du Allos, Vars and Izoard in a series of category 1 and unclassified climbs.
July 16: Briancon to Courchevel
173.5 km
With little rest after the brutal 14th stage, the riders face another day of difficult climbs in this stage, which finishes in Courchevel after riding the Galibier and Telegraph. The most daunting climb of the day is a 19.3-kilometer trek to the unclassified Col de la Madeleine, an 8 percent incline.
July 18: Courchevel to Morzine
196.5 km
After a rest day in the mountains, the riders encounter this final stretch of treacherous climbs, including the Cols du Columbier, Chatillon and Joux-Plane. The stage concludes with a 12-kilometer trek along the Col de Joux-Plane, an 8.4 percent incline.
July 19: Evian-les-Bains to Lausanne
155 km
As the riders travel into Switzerland, they make their final difficult climb of the Tour when they tackle the Col des Mosses, a category 2 hill. However, the majority of the 17th stage is spent on a flat surface as the peloton finish in Lausanne.
July 20: Lausanne to Fribourg-en-Brisgau
246.5 km
From Switzerland to Germany, the competitors face the third-longest day of the Tour, a 246.5-kilometer ride to Freiburg, which is located not far from the hometown of 1997 champion Jan Ullrich.
July 21: Fribourg-en-Brisgau to Mulhouse
58.5 km individual time trial
The 2000 Tour is more of a test for climbers than sprinters. But the sprinters have a chance to gain some time before the final race for Paris. In the second of the two individual time trials, the riders will sprint 58.5 kilometers on a flat road from Freiburg-en-Brisgau to Mulhouse.
July 22: Belfort to Troyes
254.5 km
The second-to-last stage of the Tour is the longest, a 254.5-kilometer challenge. Following the 20th stage, the teams will travel by train to Paris for the exciting final stage of the 87th Tour de France.
July 23 Paris (Champs-Elysées)
135 km
Commencing under the Eiffel Tower, the final stage will be ridden entirely within the French capital. The riders will start with a 55-kilometer stretch around the city before completing six laps around the Champs-Elysées to conclude the first race of the millennium.