Published by Lyn on 30 April 2021
The Official Tour de France program and race guide ALWAYS SELLS OUT. It has all the info that you need to plan your Tour de France trip, including stage times and maps. It's also great for armchair viewing at home.
** Note this is the 2021 page - I will post 2022 info here when I get it**
You need to order it early as it always sells out.
Note I am not the publisher of the official race guide - only the messenger. The Tour de France organisers license the publication of the guide in local markets.
There are usually two UK editions.
1) The Standard Edition of the Official Tour de France 2021 race guide, £10.99. You can order the Standard Edition here if you are in the UK.
Try this link if you are outside the UK (they were posting to France, the US and other countries when last I checked).
2) The Premium Edition of the Official Tour de France 2021 race guide, £16.99. It includes a few extra bells and whistles. You can order the Premium Edition here if you are in the UK. Try this link if you are outside the UK (they were posting to France, the US and other countries when last I checked).
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.
* The Australian and New Zealand edition is here.
* For the US and Canada, see here. If you want the UK version summarised below, try this link (they were shipping to the US/Canada when I last checked).
* 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?
I cannot speak for the US and Australian versions as I do not receive them, so this info relates to te UK English 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 'standard edition' that includes stuff like:
- Official race guide
+ Extras like limited-edition postcards, socks, or a bonus cycling book/magazine (depending on the year).
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 all 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.
Here are the UK links again
1) The Standard Edition of the Official Tour de France 2021 program – order it here.
2) The Premium Edition of the Official Tour de France 2021 program – order it here.
Try this link if you are outside the UK.