On the occasion of its 100th edition, the Tour de France will take off from Corsica in 2013

Mister Paul Giacobbi, President of the “Collectivité Territoriale de Corse” and Mister Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, have the great pleasure of announcing that the Grand Depart (start) of the 100th edition of the Tour de France will take place in Corsica in 2013.

It will be the first time that the ‘Beauty Island’ and its two departments will welcome the peloton of the greatest cycling race in the world. Despite the fact that many cycling events have already taken place on its territory, Corsica remains the only region of metropolitan France to have never received the visit of the Tour de France.

The details of the Grand Départ and the stages selected for it will be revealed on the occasion of a press conference held on Tuesday the 6th of December 2011 at the Hôtel de Région in Ajaccio.