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- Posted:Thursday, July 1, 2010
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The sporting event, which starts on July 3rd and ends on July 25th, encompasses 3,642 kilometres across one prologue and 20 stages. Booking a Paris hostel in time for the starting pistol is likely to be a fantastic idea, whether cycling is a passion or not.
Although named the Tour de France, it actually begins in Rotterdam, but finishes on the iconic Champs-Elysees. The last stage is the shortest of the lot but still a mammoth 102.5 kilometres in length so it could be a very exciting part of the journey for the athletes.
Choosing a Paris hostel sooner rather than later is advisable for those planning to watch the cyclists whoosh past, as the annual international event attracts thousands of supporters.
The stage finishing in the French capital traverses a scenic route from the historial town of Longjumeau through areas near Chatenay-Malabry, Meudon and Issy-les-Moulineaux - so, those who are staying in Paris yet exploring the surrounding regions can also take the opportunity to watch the race in action. There is a lot to see in Longjumeau - as well as many local foods to enjoy - for it is one of the first to be named as a Fair Trade Town.
A large stretch of the final leg runs alongside the beautiful River Seine, so there are plenty of chances for visitors to experience what should be a thrilling day of sport.
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