Friday 29 May 2009 at 00h20

Last Tuesday the route of the Tour du Limousin 2009 was officially announced. At the end of November the different stages were announced and you could discover the different start- and finish cities here at the end of December.

The details about the route of the different stages and all cities and towns the Tour du Limousin visits are now known.

The organisation provided me with these details some time ago and that's why I can exclusively propose you to discover here the full route of the Tour du Limousin 2009 on Google Maps / Google Earth.

This article will also give you the list of teams which have been selected for participation in the Tour du Limousin: a very nice selection with a big number of UCI ProTour teams!

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The dates

As usual the Tour du Limousin is organised after the Tour de France. This year the dates to remember are August 18 for the start and August 21st for the last stage.

The full route

The Tour du Limousin visits no less than 110 towns this year and many cities and towns of the departements of the Limousin (Corrèze, Creuse et Haute-Vienne) will thus be visited. The president of the organisation committee, Claude Fayemendy, said in the press file that the surrounding departments (Puy-de-Dôme, Dordogne et Charente) will also be visited, to share "a bit of the Limousin" with them.

First stage :: Tuesday 18 August 2009 :: Limoges (Haute-Vienne) > Ussel (Corrèze)
The first stage starts as usual in Limoges, the capital of the Limousin. The starting signal will be given at 11.45AM at the Champ de Juillet with a départ réel close to Puymery.
Three intermediate sprints are planned in this stage: one in La Croisille sur Briance, the second in Meymac and one at the first crossing of the finish line in Ussel. The stage finishes on a local circuit around Ussel.
In this stage the riders will have to climb three mountains: the Côte des Lestards (2nd category), almost immediately followed by the Côte de Larfeuil (3rd category) and the last climb in the circuit around Ussel, the Côte de Chaveroche (3rd category). The feeding zone is just after the Côte de Larfeuil.
This stage's finish in Ussel is planned for somewhere around 3.40PM at the Avenue Thiers.

This stage is the shortest in this 42nd edition of the Tour du Limousin but could be very selective anyway: with quite small road on the circuit around Ussel and the three mountains the riders have to climb the Tour du Limousin starts immediately with some tough stuff! Of course Limoges is used to receiving the Tour du Limousin, but Ussel also starts getting used to it because it's now the 12th time that this city has a stage finish.

> Click here to see the map of the first stage of the Tour du Limousin 2009 on Google Maps
> Click here to see the time- and route schedule for the first stage of the Tour du Limousin 2009
> Click here to see the first stage's profile

Limoges > Ussel

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Limoges > Ussel

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Limoges > Ussel

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Second stage :: Wednesday 19 August 2009 :: Eymoutiers (Haute-Vienne) > Felletin (Creuze)
The second stage connects two cities which have never received the Tour du Limousin before. The stage starts in Eymoutiers at 12.00 with a départ réel in Les Fontanilles at 12.15.
Three intermediate sprints are planned: one in Bugeat, one in Crocq and the last one at the first crossing of the finish line in Felletin. The stage finishes with a local circuit around Felletin. This 40 kilometer circuit contains some small road and the climbs of the Côte de Montoulier and the Côte de Nouaille.
The feeding zone of this stage is close to Fernoël.
The finish in Felletin is planned for somewhere around 4.40PM.

> Click here to see a map of the second stage of the Tour du Limousin 2009 on Google Maps
> Click here to see the time- and route schedule for the second stage of the Tour du Limousin 2009
> Click here to see the second stage's profile

Eymoutiers > Felletin

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Eymoutiers > Felletin

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Eymoutiers > Felletin

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Third stage :: Thursday 20 August 2009 :: Saint-Martin-de-Jussac (Haute-Vienne) > Saint-Junien (Haute-Vienne)
At a first glance it seems like the organisation made a mistake on the start or finish city of this third stage: indeed, the two cities are only 5 kilometers apart but the organisation managed to make this the longest stage anyway with no less than 189,6 kilometer between the two cities. A loop around Saint-Junien gives this stage's route a particular form.
The start in Saint-Martin-de-Jussac - which receives the Tour du Limousin for the very first time and which is the smallest stage city of this Tour du Limousin with only 442 inhabitants - is planned at 11.50AM with a départ réel in the city where the stage finishes (!), Saint-Junien at 12.00.
In this stage the riders again find three intermediate sprints: the first one in Abjat sur Bandiat, the second in Oradour sur Glane and the last one at the first crossing of the finish line in Saint-Junien. The stage again finishes at a local circuit around Saint-Junien.
During this stage the riders will climb three mountains: the Côte du Grand Puyconnieux, the Côte de Saint Victurnien and the Côte de Maluchat.
The feeding zone of this stage is in Saint-Cyr.
The finish in Saint-Junien is planned around 4.30PM.

> Click here to see the map of the third stage of the Tour du Limousin 2009 in Google Maps
> Click here to see the time- and route schedule of the third stage of the Tour du Limousin 2009
> Click here to see the profile of the third stage of the Tour du Limousin 2009

Saint-Martin-de-Jussac > Saint-Junien

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Fourth stage :: Friday 21 August 2009 :: Châlus (Haute-Vienne) > Limoges (Haute-Vienne)
The last stage of the Tour du Limousin 2009 starts from a city which never received the Tour du Limousin before, Châlus, but finishes as usual on the Boulevard Beaublanc in Limoges
The riders will start in Châlus at 12.00 and the départ réel is in La Garaudie at 12.10.
Like for the previous two stages, three intermediate sprints are planned for this stage: the first one just after the small town Le Chalard, the second in Flavignac and the last one at the first crossing of the finish line in Limoges. The stage finishes on a local circuit around Limoges which will be visited 5 times. On this circuit the riders will find the climb of the Côte du Mas-Blanc.
Two other climbs are planned in this stage: the Côte de Saint-Yrieix and the Côte de Verneuil.
The feeding zone of this stage is between Saint-Martin-le-Vieux and Aixe-sur-Vienne.
The finish in Limoges is planned for around 4.30PM (6th crossing of the finish line).

> Click here to see the map of the fourth stage of the Tour du Limousin 2009 in Google Maps
> Click here to see the time- and route schedule of the fourth stage of the Tour du Limousin 2009
> Click here to see the profile of the fourth stage of the Tour du Limousin 2009

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The full route of the Tour du Limousin 2009 in Google Maps / Google Earth

Below you'll find an overview of the four stages of this 42nd edition of the Tour du Limousin in Google Maps.


Would you prefer to see the different stages in Google Earth and be able to make a virtual fly-over over the route? Click here to dowload the Tour du Limousin 2009 full route in Google Earth.

The teams which are selected for participation in the Tour du Limousin

This year the Tour du Limousin managed to get together a nice gathering of teams: 16 teams of which 10 participate in the Tour de France 2009 (of which 8 ProTour teams). Below you'll find an overview of all participating teams:
France
AG2R La Mondiale
AG2R La Mondiale
Agritubel
Agritubel
BBox Bouygues Telecom
BBox Bouygues Telecom
Cofidis, le crédit en ligne
Cofidis, le crédit par téléphone
Française des Jeux
Française des Jeux
Auber 93
Auber 93
Besson Chaussures Sojasun
Besson Chaussures Sojasun
Bretagne Schuller
Bretagne Schuller
 


The Netherlands
Rabobank
Rabobank
Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
Vacansoleil


Germany
Team Milram
Team Milram


Belgium
Landbouwkrediet Colnago
Landbouwkrediet Colnago


Spain
Caisse d'Epargne
Caisse d'Epargne


United States
Garmin Slipstream
Garmin Slipstream


Japan
EQA - Meitan Hompo Graphite Design
EQA - Meitan Hompo Graphite Design


Switzerland
Cervélo TestTeam
Cervélo TestTeam

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  1. fantastisch mooie kleuren van de wieler truitjes met deze er bij heb ik al een mooie verzameling dank u voor het werk groetjes

    | yvan | Friday 29 May 2009 om 13h48

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