The long-awaited moment has finally come, and the*100th Tour de France’s*route was unveiled to the World by Director*Christian Prudhomme*in a ceremony held in Paris on Wednesday October 24th.
The centenary edition of theGrande Boucle*will take place from*June 29th to July 21st, 2013, and will start from Corsica for the very first time in its long and illustrious history: 21 stages and 3.479 kilometres (90 against the clock) expect the riders, while six high-mountain stages – including four uphill finishes – are set to shape the final overall classification.
Colombia Coldeportes*General Manager*Claudio Corti*attended the ceremony with Sports Director*Valerio Tebaldi*and rider*Esteban Chaves, who first showed his amazing talent in an ASO race – the*Tour de l’Avenir*– back in 2011. Warmly welcomed by Director Prudhomme, Corti and Chaves expressed very positive feedbacks on 2013 Tour de France, that will definitely suit climbers much more than in the near past.
“The route is great*– General Manager Corti stated –*everything seems in place for a great show. Four uphill finishes and plenty of other big mountains will give climbers the chance to shine, and “grimpeurs” like ours could play a big part in 2013 Tour’s plot. Should we be at the start in Corsica, we will go for every opportunity.”
The presentation gave Esteban Chaves a first taste of what the Grande Boucle is all about. The exciting Colombian prospect carefully observed the profile of the toughest stages of the race, but one made his eyes shine in delight: “The 18th stage features two climbs up theAlpe d’Huez, one of the mythical climbs of the Tour de France. The stage is not very long (168 km), but it will definitely be long and testing, coming in the final part of the race: I dream of taking part to this race, hopefully we will manage to deserve ASO’s trust.”
Just more than 5 years ago, in 2007,*Juan Mauricio Soler*delighted Colombian fans by winning a Tour de France stage in Briançon and clinching the illustrious polka-dot jersey. Just behind him, in the team car, sat Claudio Corti and Valerio Tebaldi: will they be part of the next Colombian dream?
Photo: Claudio Corti and Esteban Chaves with Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme