Breaking down the 2009 Tour de France route
Here is the route of the 2009 Tour de France, which was unveiled Wednesday in Paris. ESPN.com's Bonnie D. Ford weighs in on the race's key stages:
July 4: Stage 1 • Monaco-Monaco, individual time trial, 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) Ford's take: Riders will start their engines on a hilly, technical 9.3-mile time trial course that will cover some of the same asphalt as the famous Monte Carlo Grand Prix.
July 5: Stage 2 • Monaco-Brignoles, 182 km (113.1)
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