"Grand Depart" - July 4th - Start Of The Tour De France - Monaco 2009
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - The "Grand Départ" (the Start) of the 2009 Tour De France will take place in Monaco this weekend (Saturday July 4), and will be broadcast worldwide to a large audience of over 350 million television viewers. More than 180 of the world's best riders and over 20 cycling teams will arrive in Monaco to compete in the what will be the first and second stages of the 2009 Tour. theirEarth will bring you exclusive coverage of the Tour De France with up to date photos and commentary of this historic race that puts man and cycle against the ultimate barriers of speed and endurance.
Since its inception in 1903, 'Le Tour De France' has only started beyond the borders of France seventeen times. There are expected to be between 150,000 and 200,000 spectators that will arrive to view the first and second stages of the 2009 Tour around Monaco. theirEarth will bring you photographs of the riders and some insight into the technology of the latest cycles, so that you are better informed as you watch the race.
Starting this Thursday in Monaco, we will cover the Tour De France Opening Ceremonies with the presentation of the cycling teams, which starts at 6PM in the Port of Monaco. We'll then move on to cover the first and second stages of the Tour De France for our worldwide readers, and bring you the results after each day in the Cycling and Fashion categories.
The 'First Stage' of the 2009 Tour De France is 15 km's in distance and takes place within the Principality of Monaco and its exterior surrounding borders of France. The 'First Stage' will take the format of an individual timed 'race against the clock' for each of the riders. Parts of this race will trace the same route that the Formula 1 cars took this year for the 2009 Grand Prix de Monaco through the streets of Monte-Carlo. The back half of the 'First Stage' will take place in the lower French Alpes Maritimes and rise from sea level exiting Monaco and then up to high elevation of the towns that overlook the Principality -specifically Cap d'Ail, Beausoleil, La Turbie, and Roquebrune-Cap Martin. The riders will then return back towards Monaco to the finish the 'First Stage' at the Port in Monaco.
On Sunday, July 5, the 2009 Tour De France 'Second Stage' will depart from the Principality of Monaco at 1PM with a ceremonial departure from the Rascasse at Monaco's Port and with an official departure that takes place in front of the historic Casino of Monte-Carlo. The over 180 riders will then leave the Principlaity exiting towards France through Saint-Roman and then head west towards Nice and through the Alpes Maritimes of France onwards in pursuit of the coveted 'yellow jersey' that the winner of each stage wears as the Tour makes its way through the French Republic.
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