26 Oct 2012

Next year's Tour de France route unveiled

11:43 am on 26 October 2012

The 100th edition of the Tour de France next year will finish in Paris at nightfall for the first time.

The cycling event organisers have unveiled next year's route in the shadow of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

The 3,360-kilometre route will begin for the first time on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, culminating with a final stage run from the historic town of Versailles, southwest of Paris, arriving on the Champs Elysees boulevard at sunset.

Three time trials - two individual and one for teams - have been included in the race, as well as four summit finishes, not least a climb to Semnoz in the Alps on the penultimate day, which is likely to determine the winner.

Next year's route isn't expected to suit this year's winner, the Briton Bradley Wiggins.