Published by Lyn on 17 September 2019
The Official Tour de France guide ALWAYS SELLS OUT. It has all the info that you need to plan your Tour de France trip, including stage times and maps.
The guide is usually released in the May before the tour. You need to order it early as it always sells out.
We will post links to the guide below once information comes to hand.
* Link will be posted here when released.
Please note that reader feedback suggests that some of the versions below (published in other countries by local publishers on contract) are not as comprehensive as the UK English-language version that we use. To guarantee ALL the info to help planning, it may be best to ask a friend in the UK (if you have one) to send you a UK copy from the links above.
* For Australia and New Zealand, we will post the link here when available.
* For the US, we will post the link here when available. Please note the caveat about non-UK versions. Reader feedback from 2019 suggests the US edition dis NOT have each stage maps and is more of a souvenir than a useful trip-planning tool.
* For Canada, we will post the link here when available.
* The original French-language version is released in France and is made available at newsagents and tabacs (corner stores).
What's usually included in the UK English-language edition?
We find the UK version of the guide invaluable when planning our trips to watch the Tour de France. It's got maps of every stage, plus full team and stage profiles, as well as stage start and end times (they are particularly useful to have in one place both when planning and on the day).
There is usually a 'premium' edition as well as a 'standrad edition that includes stuff like:
- Official race guide
- The official road map
+ Extras like limited-edition postcards, socks, wallcharts or a book with TDF history.
Why get it?
We wouldn't go to watch a Tour de France stage without it.
We get dozens of emails every day asking for information about following the Tour de France – I always tell them to get a copy of the official race programme to make planning easier.
This guide has lots of info that can help you plan your trip. While it is published too early to include road closure information (see this page for that), having all the stage information in one place is really handy. It basically replicates the official TDF website but in a much more easily digestible format and in much more detail.
Each stage is profiled with a map that helps you put key cols and stage towns ito perspective, and to see clearly where access road may be. The pullout map then gives a full overview of how the stages interact.
This guide SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR, often weeks before the Tour. If you are thinking of watching the Tour de France in person, you should order a copy as soon as it's released.