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Tour De France 2012- Stage 17
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So my friends and I have somewhat planned our trip around being able to see a stage of the Tour De France this July. Early on we identified stage 17 as one of the best stages to see for a few reasons. first, it should be a very exciting stage since it is the last high mountain stage of the tour, and the big names will probably be going after it. Second, with the way our trip was falling, we would have to see either one of the first stages, up near belgium, or one of the last, so we chose the latter. As of now, we are planning on traveling from Rome, and stopping off in Nice for a couple days. Here is where my question comes in. I guess I’m planning on leaving midday of our second day in Nice to take a train to Lourdes and stay over night the night before the stage in Lourdes. Here is a link to the map with pinpoints on Lourdes, the start and finish points, and the Cul de Tourmelet, which is the point we would like to watch from.… Our plan would be to then, either the night after we watch the tour or the next morning, take a train to Barcelona, spend a few days there and then fly Home.

My quaestions are:
1) Are we spreading ourselves to thin, is traveling going to take over our last week or so of our trip?
2) Has anyone here ever been to a stage, and do you have any advice on viewing the stage (ie: how you get from the town you’re staying in to the mountainside)?
3) From the info I’ve given, does any one have any suggestions as to a better plan?

Thanks for your help

I am leaving from Philadelphia with $4000 for 24 days
London, Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, Munich, Barcelona, Dublin
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1. In a word, yes….. I’d suggest you save Barcelona for your next trip and add additional stops or longer stays in southern France.
2. My sister did, but was traveling by car which makes getting to the actual tour easier. She was very appreciative of the spiral bound (so it opens flat) very detailed Michelin Atlas of France I sent her, althoug GPS might be as good an option, now. I would talk to everyone you meet about getting to see the tour and if all else fails, look for a cab. The Tour is a huge deal in France and it seems like all French citizens make an effort to see it.

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