In a nod to the last two French winners of the event, Warren Barguil (2012) and David Gaudu (2016), Brittany will host the Grand Départ of the 54th Tour de l’Avenir.
The first stage, Friday 18 August , will begin and end in Loudéac, after a journey on the rugged roads of Loudéac Communauté Bretagne Centre.
Saturday 19th August , Inzinzac-Lochrist – part of the conurbation of Lorient Brittany South – will host the start of the second stage which will finish in Bignan, near Locminé, another stronghold of cycling in Brittany.
Sunday 20 August , the 3rd stage will take place on the roads of historical Brittany, between Missillac and Chateaubriant.
Following that, three flat stages will traverse the vineyards and castles of the Loire Valley. Between Derval and Saumur on Monday 21 August , Montreuil-Bellay and Amboise on Tuesday 22 August , and then Montrichard and Saint-Amand-Montrond on Wednesday 23 August . The latter Cher town will mark the end of this first sequence of the race, punctuated by several tricky sections, between Brittany and Centre-Val de Loire.
Thursday 24 August , following a transfer, the rest day in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc will be appreciated by the riders. It will mark the final sequence of the race which will take place, as in previous years, in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.
Friday 25 August , the 7th stage will take us from Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc to the Olympic domain of Les Saisies.
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August , two mountain stages will be the highlights of the 2017 edition: stage 8 between Albertville and Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise then stage 9 between Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the Col du Mollard, above Albiez-Montrond, in the Maurienne province.