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TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
The Northern France Stages
7th to 11th July 2014
This tour is for those people who have limited time to watch the 2014 Tour de France but who want to see some of the most exciting and dramatic stages.
After spending 3 days in England, the 2014 Tour de France arrives by plane at the coastal resort of Le Touquet Paris-Plage. The Tour will spend 3 days in Northern france around the area of Lille, the Belgian border and the famous cobbles that feauture so prominently in Paris-Roubaix.
For those bringing bikes, you will have the opportunity to ride the famous cobbled sections of stage 5 from Ypres as well as the Forest of Arenberg which is a main attraction in the Paris-Roubaix.
Sports Tours International is the most experienced tour operator to the Tour de France. We have been taking you to see the Tour for twenty years and give you a fantastic trip with amazing insights into the Tour.
Please note that we can also offer you some exclsuive VIP Experiences as an addition to your trip to make it extra special.
Our planned itinerary for this trip of the 2014 Tour de France - please note, this is the intended itinerary at this stage but things may change between now and the actual time of the Tour.
Monday the 7th of July:
Our coach with bike trailer will make collections at the below points.
We can collect at other service stations along the above route (Please contact us for more details).
We will sail from Dover to Calais, and travel directly to Lille where we anticipate arriving at approximately 20.00hrs. On arrival we will check into the Hotel Ibis Lille centre Gares.
Alternatively please make your own way to Lille TGV train station and the Hotel Ibis Lille centre Gares where we will spend 4 nights on half board so with breakfast and evening meals included.
This evening we will try to get as many of you together for a welcome drink before we have our evening meal.
Tuesday the 8th of July:
Our location in the city of Lille is ideal for accessing this stage. For those with bikes there will be the opportunity to have a morning ride out onto the stage route where you can either see the stage on the Mont de Cats or the Mont Noir or return to the hotel for a shower and to watch the stage finish in Lille.
This evening we will have our evening meal at the hotel.
Wednesday the 9th of July:
Today is probably the most feared stage of the 2014 Tour de France and there is not even a hill in sight! The riders face up to 9 cobbled sections that feature in Paris-Roubaix and 15km of 'pave' in the final 70km of the stage which starts in the Belgian town of Ypres and finishes outside the entrance to the Wallers Arenberg forest.
Riders could lose more time on this stage than on any of the high mountain stages in the Alps or the Pyrenees so this is going to be one of the most dramatic stages of the 2014 Tour de France.
We are located at 40km from the most crucial cobbled sectors of the race and those with bikes will be able to ride there from the hotel whilst those without bikes will be taken there by coach.
From our expert knowledge of following the Paris-Roubaix race, we have chosen to watch the stage on the 3.7km long cobbled section between Wandignies-Hamage and Hornaing. This is the penultimate section of 'pave' with 15km to go to the finish. This comes immediately after 2 very crucial sections, Sars et Rosiers and Brillon. We will hopefully see some good action here after a potential split in the peloton.
After the stage finish we will return to the hotel and have our evening meal.
Thursday the 10th of July:
After breakfast we will travel to Arras to see the stage start. Here you will see the riders arrive, sign on and start the stage. You may get the opportunity to meet your favorite rider and get a photo or autograph.
Those with bikes will be able to ride from Arras to the cobbled section of the Forest of Arenberg. The coach will take the non-riders here. After the Forest of Arenberg we will take everyone back to the hotel in Lille where we will spend our last night.
Friday the 11th of July:
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