Already Tour de France 2018 start has been revealed in detail. Maps for stages 1-4 are below. Highlights for me are once more starting with Passage du Gois and a team time trial in Cholet. I'm guessing stage 4 could end in Redon. I'll be there again, probably spending a week in Noirmoutier before.
A rough outline of our Tour de France 2017 in our 10th year straight of following the tour.
Likely stages Les Rousses Ski Station (finish) ; between Chambery and Nantua (on course) ; between Perigeux and Bergerac (time trial) ; Peyragudes (finish) ; Rodez (finish) ; Laissac (start) ; somewhere near Le Puy en Velay and Brioude which will lead us to the west coast holiday on beach.
Mont Ventoux (they moved the finish, the wind removed these campers),Bedoin (Krys), Bourg Saint Andeol (the devil), Montelimar (early morning cafe), Culoz (running the switchbacks), Domancy, Domancy again (the vibe), Megeve (Generation Peche). Those were our seven stage visits for 2016.
Last night watched the TDF route reveal on laptop. Not so many surprises, just the mountain time trial from Sallanches to Megeve. I moved quickly to snap up a hotel nearby once I saw the route.
I anticipate watching six stages live in 2016. Mont Ventoux mountain top finish, Bourg Saint Andeol TT, Culoz finish, Sallanches Megeve TT, Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc from Megeve and `Megeve to Morzine start.
Before the tour some days in Provence (especially the market in Sault the day before Ventoux) and after the tour in Switzerland.
Mont Ventoux is barren on one side of the mountain, lush and green on the other. TV reception is great. That will be a nice intro for TDF 2016.