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    Tour de France 2010

    The 97th Tour de France starts on Saturday 3rd of July. The world's most gruelling cycle race where the world's fittest cyclist cover 3,600 kilometres through Rotterdam, Belgium and France. The routes range from plain to high mountains with only 2 rest days. Starting at Rotterdam and finishing at Paris Champs-Elsysees.

    Here are the muscle aching stages: 1 prologue, 9 flat routes, 6 mountain routes and 3 summit finishes, 4 medium mountain, 1 individual time-trial route (51 kms).

    The longest track is at stage 6 of the race, Montargis to Gueugon, 227.5 kms on the plain and the hardest is hiding at stage 16, the hilly mountains that lead from Bagneres-De-Luchon to Pau, over a distance of 199.5 kms.

    Just how do you prepare for a race like this? The lean athletes eat a diet that consist of 6500 to 7000 calories per day. To compare the normal intake is 3,000. This is a serious race and something that most cyclist start to train for at an early age.Before the start there is a celebration parade that lasts 40 minutes. Known as the publicity caravan, fans enjoy a 20 kms long parade with around 160 colourful and decorated vehicles with 16 million gifts given away!

    After the excitement of the parade the race starts as simply as a wave of the white flag by the Tour director.It's a close call between past winners Lance Armstrong (7 times winner) and Alberto Contador (2 times winner) for this year's title.

    If you are a spectator at this exciting event why not hire a car after the race and explore the surrounding area. Book a car hire in Paris online today, or for more information review our car rental F.A.Q for car hire in France.

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