2009 Tour de France will kick off with hilly 15 km time trial

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16.12.2007 / After Friday's announcement that the 2009 Tour de France will start in Monaco, race organizer ASO announced more details about the 2009 Grand Depart yesterday. The 2009 Tour will start with a hilly individual time trial with a length of 15 kilometers.

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Saturday 4th July, Stage 1

Monaco > Monaco

15 km time-trial course (including 7 kilometer in Monaco and 8 kilometer in France).

A.S.O. cycling sports director Jean-François Pescheux said: “The start will be launched from boulevard Albert 1er. The riders will set off at one minute intervals over the first hectometres of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. After 150 metres on the flat, they will attack a long climb up to km 7,200. With an initial uphill slope of 500 metres at approximately 6% then 200 metres of flat at the passage in front of the casino. The Formula 1 circuit will then be abandoned for a steeper section which will culminate, at km 1,250, in a passage at 10%, followed by a succession of slight inclines on boulevard Princesse Charlotte and boulevard Jardin Exotique before leaving Monaco at km 3,200 to join the second highest cliff road (the Moyenne Corniche).

At Km 7,200, on the Moyenne Corniche, the race route reaches its highest point (207 metres) before a long downhill slope with a U-turn in Roquebrune which will take the riders back to Monaco on flat ground until the Saint-Roman crossroads. We are at km 11,500. Another downhill section to a hairpin bend facing the sea and the riders will be on a final stretch of 2,5 kilometres of flat ground bordering the Mediterranean and the Grimaldi Forum where the organisation HQ and the press centre will be set up.

At the Portier crossroads, at km 13,800, the riders will return to the course of the Grand Prix circuit. At km 14, there will be a tunnel for 110 metres then the quai des États-Unis to return to the harbour and the finishing line situated route de la piscine, close to the Rainier III Water Sports Stadium.”

Sunday 5th July, Stage 2

Start in Monaco

The official ceremony to mark the start of the 96th Tour de France will take place on the Monaco Grand Prix circuit. The riders will then proceed along a large portion of the circuit and its legendary sites (la Rascasse, Sainte-Dévote, the Casino, Mirabeau,…) in order to take the Eastern exit out of the Principality at the Saint-Roman interchange.

The official start of the second stage, Monaco - ?????, will be launched from km 4.

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