Watch the Tour de France in Paris

July is a massive month for sport in France: the Tour de France 2012 is here and the finishing line will be in the centre of Paris! Find out where and when you can see the race below.

Euro 2012 is over, the Olympics haven’t yet started, Wimbledon is in London… But these are all insignificant for any French sporting fanatic anyway: it’s the Tour de France that everyone wants to see.

The Tour de France began on 30th June 2012. For the uninitiated, the world’s most famous and gruelling cycle race is divided into stages, all of which take place along various race routes in different parts of France (and sometimes other countries too). As you can see from the map below, the race routes are widely spread, and it would mean covering quite some distance as a spectator to go and see all of the stages.

Tour de france HTC

But luckily for Parisiens and visitors to Paris, the final stage will bring the world’ best cyclists to the French capital to battle it out in the final stage of this dramatic race. So, where can you watch the Tour de France 2012 in Paris?

This will be Stage 20, and will be raced on the road between Rambouillet, to the south west of the city, all the way to the finishin line in the centre of Paris at the Champs Elysées. There is actually a circuit that the cyclists will do in the centre of the city, so if you manage to find yourself a good spot, you could well see them whiz past 9 times! If you head for the area anywhere between the Tuileries Gardens, Louvre and rc de Triomphe, you will soon get an idea of where the race will be from the crowds. The simply find a good vantage point and enjoy. The cyclists are expected in central Paris from around 15:30. If you want to catch a bit of the race before it hits the crowds in Paris, then head for the Qual Point du Jour – a road running along the right bank of the River Seine. Or why not head further out, for example to Versailles, and spend some time around the palace and gardens, then head for Rue Yves Le Coz area, about 1km from Versailles town, to watch the racers there. Then you might even be able to jump on a train and head back to central Paris to watch the final circuits.

All of this excitment will take place on Sunday 22nd July, 2012. So we suggest combining watching this major piece of sporting history with a long weekend in Paris. And who knows, you might even pick up one of the cheap £9 coach fares. This offer is valid until 26th July, so see what deals are available with Eurolines here.

Here is a map of all the stages in the 2012 Tour de France:

Tour de France Stages

And here’s a simple list and descirption of each stage:

Tour de France Route

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