Published by Lyn on 18 July 2014
Here are some maps to help you plan where to watch Stage 20 of the Tour de France, the time trial from Bergerac to Perigueux on July 26.
The lovely people at the Dordogne tourist boards have sent me the local maps below of the route of the Tour de France from Bergerac to Perigueux on July 26. For people familiar (or not) with the area, they might help planning where to watch the race easier.
Remember, it's a 54km individual time trial, not a group stage. Riders race against the clock to gain the best time and the greatest time advantage over their rivals. There's every chance the Tour de France will be decided before we get this far, but if the General Classification competition is close, this time trial may very well decide who wears the yellow jersey into Paris.
The route itself can close to cars anything up to 2 hours before the caravan, though it is usually possible to walk/cycle the route later.
Specific road closures (especially those affecting minor roads) are coordinated at a local level. Local tourist offices, mairies (town halls) and accommodation providers will be able to provide more specifics.
As this is a city centre start and finish, the roads around both cities will be chaotic – avoid driving if you can; ride, walk or take public transport into the city centres, or find a spot along the route outside town.
Set out early to find your vantage point, and don't forget hats, sunscreen, water and food supplies – it may be a loooong day.
For those interesting in cycling AND photography, there are special workshops in the Dorodogne to help you make the most of this super photo opportunity.
The caravan leaving the Bergerac city centre at 8.40am. The first rider will head off down the ramp at 10.10am with riders departing a few minutes apart until 4.27pm. Note the last rider may set off earlier, depending on how many are still in the race by the time they get to this penultimate stage.
The full time schedule is here outlining how long it'll take riders to get to various points along the route.
Arrival into Perigueux
Accommodation for the Tour de France
If you are super, super, super lucky, some of the places on the map below *might* still have accommodation available (likely as a result of cancellations). You can also browse this list to see options.