Tour de France 2006 start weekend announcedClose
Tour de France organisers ASO unveiled more details about the race's 2006 start in Strasbourg on ThuPIC BY TDWSPORT.COM The 2006 Tour de France will spend three days in Strasbourg, capital of the French region of Alsace, the race's organisers ASO revealed on Thursday. Jean-Marie Leblanc (pictured), deputy director of ASO, and Christian Prudhomme, the company's director of cycling, detailed the opening three days of next year's Tour. As ever, the Tour starts on the first Saturday of July, and July 1 sees the field tackle a 7.5km prologue around the streets of Strasbourg, which lies right on the north-eastern border of France with Germany. The winner of the time trial earns the right to wear the first yellow jersey of the 93rd edition of the race. Sunday's road stage tackles an anti-clockwise loop, which first heads north-west out of Strasbourg, and includes a foray into Germany before coming back into the city. On Monday July 3, the riders will again line up to start from Strasbourg, but further details of the 2006 route will not be revealed until the official Tour launch in Paris this October. It will be the 23rd time that the Tour de France has passed through Strasbourg; for the first time in 1919, and most recently in 2001 when Ag2r's Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu took the stage win in a bunch sprint.