Tour de France road closures

Some of the most common questions I get asked in the lead up to the Tour de France are about road closures. Here's what you need to know.

tour de france col d'aspin

Crowds on Col d'Apsin.

Road closure times during the Tour de France vary from region to region and even town to town. Closure times depend on many things: how popular that section of the route will be; how difficult access is; whether there are any access other roads; whether it's a mountain stage, a town centre stage or a rural road.

Who are the roads closed to?

When people talk about the 'road closing', they mean 'closed to motorised traffic': that's all cars, campervans and motor cycles with the exception of emergency vehicles, local organising staff, and Tour de France vehicles.

As always, the best way to get around is by bike. Even after the roads officially close, they are still 'open' to pedestrians and cyclists. Again, though, there is no rule of thumb here. In some areas you can ride the route anything up to an hour before the caravan comes through (sometimes even later), while on other sections the road will be barricaded off completely.  

tour de france caravan

What time do the roads close?

The best advice I can give anyone is this: check locally about road closure times. Ask B&Bs and hotels, and ask tourist offices as they will have the best and latest information. On the more common Tour de France cols of the Pyrenees and Alps, they deal with road closures on an almost annual basis so they really are the experts at navigating closed roads and finding the best vantage points. Also check local government websites – search for 'Mairie' (town hall/mayor) – and tourist office sites as they often have dedicated Tour de France pages, which are all managed locally.

Note that specific information on road closures may be confirmed as late as the week before or even a day or two before the event.

I am adding below specific links as they come to hand.

On busier sections of the routes, expect traffic jams in and out (and this also affects feeder roads used for parking and access). The later you arrive, the further you will have to walk/cycle to the route itself from local access roads.

Road closure times are subject to change - always err on the side of caution and arrive early if you are driving. Major cols and sections of the route where there is only one way in and one way out will be closed for longer (eg Ventoux, Tourmalet and most major Alpine cols will USUALLY close AT LEAST the afternoon before).

Try to avoid driving in host cities on the day of the Tour. City centre traffic is usually always affected – park outside and walk/cycle, or take public transport, into the city centre (or research public parking spaces and access in advance).

What time do the roads open again?

Again, this differs. The Tour de France is a massive event and all local authorities manage it differently. You can generally walk or cycle on the route again after the entire Tour entourage has been through. On less crowded sections, cars will also start using the route again fairly quickly afterwards. However it can take much longer before traffic flows freely on more crowded stages. As with the closures, things are geared to ensure spectator safety, and traffic movement largely depends on access roads and how big/popular that stage is.

If you need to get away quickly after the peloton goes through, DO NOT PARK ON THE ROUTE ITSELF! Find somewhere to watch that can be accessed from other local roads. Park up and walk/bike to the route.

What time do stages start/end?

These are all listed on the official Tour de France website, as well as in the official Race Guide (now sold out for 2017). We find this invaluable and generally do not go to watch a stage without it.

Who do I ask on the day?

The route is policed by local police and volunteer marshals. Follow their instructions or ask if you're not sure.

2017 Tour de France road closure information

* I will update this with a stage-by-stage list when information comes to hand. If you live locally and hear about road closures, please email details to lyn@freewheelingfrance.com *

Mountain routes are generally more problematic to get to than flat stages. For flat stages and town stages, it is usually much easier to find somewhere to watch that has a local access road feeding onto the route. If you use these, then you can avoid having to drive onto the route itself and the closures won't affect you. Some feeder roads WILL be affected by organisational traffic etc but local advice and signs informing you about the deviation are usually available.

As stated above, road closures are managed locally, which means it can be a nightmare to find out individual area details – it really does mean researching town-by-town. The info below is mostly in French but decipherable using an online translator. Unfortunately I just don't have the time or resources to translate everything or to search for info on every single town that the Tour de France goes through.

If the info you need is not below, it's either not yet published or I haven't had time to serach for it. You can do this yourself by Googling such terms as 'circulation' + 'Tour de France' + 'the town or stage you are interested in'. You can also try 'parking' + 'Tour de France' + 'the town or stage you are interested in' and 'stationnement' + 'Tour de France' + 'the town or stage you are interested in'.

If you find anything out that's not on the list, I'd be grateful if you emailed me at lyn@freewheelingfrance.com with the details or posted them in the comments below. 

All info below is given in good faith. Most of the links are in French (sorry, but I won't have time to translate everything - Google will be your friend!)

Stages 1-3 - Grand Depart, Dusseldorf

There is a local website with info and advice for the opening stages. Links: Stage 1 and stage 2. There is also a page with advice for people with diabilities.

Stage 4 - Mondorf-les-Bains / Vittel

There is a local page set up (in French) for practical information and advice. At the time of posting (June 14) there wasn't much on it, but we hope this will change. Parking advice is here.

Stage 5 -  Vittel / La planche des Belles Filles

A dedicated local site has been set up but at the time of writing (June 14) it hadn't been populated. Watch this page for details as they come to hand. There is also a map of the final cllimb - handy if you want to climb it. No parking or car access on the RD16 between PLANCHER-LES-MINES and the RD16/RD4 roundabout south of Plancher-Bas. There are shuttle buses running from local car parks to the foot of the pass at La Planche des Belles Filles (the crossroads of the RD16 and RD16E). See here for info - note you need to register in advance. 

Stage 6 - Vesoul / Troyes

A dedicated local site has been set up but at the time of writing (June 14) it hadn't been populated. Watch this page for details as they come to hand.

For the finish at Troyes there is a separate local page. Practical info will be posted here. Arrival map here.

Stage 7 - Troyes / Nuits-Saint-Georges

For the start at Troyes there is a local page and a dedicated email address for enquiries: letouratroyes@ville-troyes.fr. There is a Depart map here.

Stage 8 - Dole / Station des Rousses

There is a local page for Station des Rousses. There is a PDF downloadable guide here.

Stage 9 - Nantua / Chambéry

There is a local page with various Tour de France-related info. It's worth keeping an eye on to see if they add practical info about road closures and parking. See here for a downloadable PDF.

For Nantua see here; there is also a dedicated email address: tourdefrance@nantua.fr. The tourist board is at info@hautbugey-tourisme.com 

Stage 10 - Périgueux / Bergerac

The organisation in the Dordogne is impressive.

For Perigueux, there is a dedicated website (in French) with circulation and parking advice. There is a city centre map with car-free zones, deviations, riders' podium and Tour village all marked. Parking areas with shuttle buses are marked here.

The roads in the centre of Sarlat will be closed between 1100 and 1600, althougfh the route of the caravan and riders will be closed from 1200 on the 10th July until 0600 on the 11th July.

For Bergerac, there is a standalone page here. There is also this interactive map. (If you are flying into Bergerac airport that day you may want to time your flight to catch the race!)

 

Stage 11 - Eymet / Pau

Eymet has a local TDF page – there wasn't much on it when last we checked but there are the local contact details listed, plus a link to a local Facebook page. The town has a large English-speaking community, so questions in English should be well-received if you get stuck.

There was also a Pau page at the time of writing, though its contents weren't particularly helpful. Worth watching in case it changes. Worth also watching the roadworks page as this may indicate closures closer to the time.

Pyrenees in general

See this Conseil Général Hautes-Pyrénées website for an interactive map with all major road closures. It is a permanent information map not exclusive to the Tour de France, but the authorities add TdF road closure info on to it. It's in French but decipherable with the help of Google Translate if you get stuck. Assuming it's the same as in previous years, they usually add little Tour de France icons on for info on each section of the route. Click the icon and then go to "Actualités" to check further details (let me know if you find it's changed and I'll update this info). Check also individual Mairie (mayor/town hall) pages for each town

Stage 12 - Pau / Peyragudes

See stage 11 for Pau.

Lots of good details are available for the arrival at Peyragudes – this could be a great stage to catch. Road closures, access, parking, and camping car rest points are all included on this page (maps also below). Their Facebook page may be useful for last-minute info closer to the time. There is also an excellent PDF you can download here.

Tour de france Peyragudes

Tour de france Peyragudes


Stage 13 -
Saint-Girons / Foix

For the section through the Ariege Pyrenees, watch this page. There is also this PDF of road closures that's been kindly posted to Facebook.

Here is an interactive map of the section from Saint-Girons to St Lizier (remember the Tour is coordinated locally, hence the focus on local bits of the puzzle):

 

Stage 14 - Blagnac / Rodez

There is a good local website for the start of this stage, with parking here and this useful PDF brochure.

Tour de France Blagnac

Stage 15 - Laissac-Sévérac l'Église / Le Puy-en-Velay

There is a good local website for Le Puy-en-Velay (it was in French when we cheked but an English-language section was under development). See this page for road closures.

Stage 16 - Le Puy-en-Velay / Romans-sur-Isère

See stage 15 for Le Puy-en-Velay.

There is also a local website for Romans-sur-Isere. Roads affected are all listed here in French.

Stage 17 - La Mure / Serre-Chevalier

This will be a showcase stage. Go early!

You can find a very good map here with the main road closures. This includes information for the Galibier. Or get your maps out and wade through this page for intersection-by-intersection details.

Note the Glandon and Croix de Fer will both be closed from Tuesday, July 18 2017 at 8pm. The RD1091 (Col du Lautaret) will be closed from at least 1pm-8pm depending on the number of people at the top of both summits. 

Serre-Chevalier/Grenoble/Briancon bus info is here but beware of route delays and closures (we would not personally rely on public transport for these stages).

See here for all the timings for this stage.

Watch this local page for La Mure.

See this local page for Serre-Chevalier.

Stage 18 - Briançon / Izoard

This will be another showcase stage. It's the same stage used this year for the Etape

You can find the main road closures for the entire stage here

Serre-Chevalier/Grenoble/Briancon bus info is here but beware of route delays and closures (we would not personally rely on public transport for these stages).

Main road closures for access to the lac and cols from the south are shown below from here.

Tour de France 2017 stage 18 road closures

 See here for parking and footpaths around the communes of Arvieux and Brunissard (also below).

tdf arvieux 

Stage 19 - Embrun / Salon-de-Provence

Finally we have the info for this stage – maps with main road closures can be found here and here.

Stage 20 - Marseille time trial

Time trial around the city and velodrome. See here for general overview of the stage and festivities/links. Road closure and route info is on this PDF. Velodrome schedule is hereYou can reserve a seat in the velodrome here

Paris

Just don't plan on driving in Paris. Just don't. Use a public bike rental bike, take the metro/train/bus or walk. 

I'll keep adding to this list as info comes to hand.

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