The race began in 1939 but that was the only edition until it started up again for four years between 1956-1959, after a long absence the race returned in 1981 initially as a race for amateurs before in 1996 becoming a race for professionals.
True to its reputation the 37th Tour de Normandie has brought together a platform that will allow young talents to show their capabilities. This years course will be different to those of previous years as the traditional prologue has been abandoned in favour of a first stage with an uphill finish, however as always the unpredictable weather at this time of year will play its part.
As the official website says!
From Bourg-Achard to Gonflreville l'Orcher, from Neufchâtel-en-Bray to Forges-les-Eaux, from Duclair to Elbeuf-sur-Seine, from Neubourg to Argentan, from La Ferté-Macé to Bagnoles de l'Orne Normandy, From Fleury-sur-Orne to Ducey-les-Chéris or from Sourdeval to Caen, the 7 stages will all be conducive to the audacious wanting to jostle the hierarchy of the overall standings.
Stage 1 - Bourg-Achard › Gonfreville-l'Orcher (143km)
This edition will start in Bourg-Achard, after hosting a stage in 2016 the municipality of this city has agreed to be the location of the Grand Départ. The geographical location of this town close to the Seine-Maritime has allowed the organizers to design a stage of 143 km that travels towards the seaside and the famous cliffs of Étretat before descending into the industrial city of Gonfreville-l'Orcher. This is a stage that will impact the G.C as the finish will be located at the top of a climb with 10% difficulty in a city that receives the Tour de Normandie for the first time.
Stage 2 - Neufchâtel-en-Bray › Forges-les-Eaux (153.5km)
The second stage has the traditional arrival at Forges-les-Eaux which has taken place for many years but with changes in the finale. It starts in nearby town, Neufchâtel-en-Bray, that the riders will leave for a stage traced entirely in Pays de Bray.
Stage 3 - Duclair › Elbeuf-sur-Seine (165km)
The third stage is a return since it was on the program in 2015 and is between two cities on the banks of the Seine, Duclair and Elbeuf-sur-Seine, both in Seine-Maritime. In 2015 the equivalent stage was won by Dimitri Claeys who went on to win the race overall.
Stage 4 - Le Neubourg › Argentan (163km)
On Thursday after stages between Eure and Seine-Maritime the peloton will join the Orne.
This will be the first time the race has started in Le Neubourg although the race has regularly passed through. This is a fairly flat stage but that doesn't mean it will be easy as the riders will have to navigate the narrow, windy roads of the Orne
Stage 5 - La Ferté-Macé › Bagnoles-de-l'Orne (158.8km)
This stage will consist of hilly roads that will offer opportunities to those willing to attack, the stage is held between two close towns and could well play an important part in deciding who is successful in the overall battle for victory.
Stage 6 - Fleury-sur-Orne › Ducey-lès-Chéris (166km)
This is a totally new stage for the race and will go near to Mont Saint-Michel, due to this, this stage could well be influenced by the wind.
Stage 7 - Sourdeval › Caen (144.5km)
This final stage will be last chance for someone to try and get some glory, the stage starts off with lumpy roads but the final 40km or so are fairly flat which may mean the most likely outcome is a sprint.
There is a nice assortment of colouful jerseys.
| previous winners|
|2016|| PLANCKAERT Baptiste|| |
|2015|| CLAEYS Dimitri|| |
|2014|| KüNG Stefan|| |
|2013|| DILLIER Silvan|| |
|2012|| COUSIN Jérôme|| |
|2011|| BLAIN Alexandre|| |
|2010|| VAN ZANDBEEK Ronan|| |
|2009|| SCHMITZ Bram|| |
|2008|| DALIBARD Antoine|| |
|2007|| MAASKANT Martijn|| |
~pdf Tour de Normandie 2017 (http://www.tourdenormandiecycliste.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2017-tour-normandie_dossier_presentation-web.pdf)
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