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Jul. 2009

HotelTravel.com’s Guide to Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France Comeback

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PHUKET, 3 July 2009 – HotelTravel.com offers cycling fans the chance to watch American great Lance Armstrong attempt a record eighth Tour de France win, with value-for-money hotel deals from the first ever start in Monaco to the Tour’s dramatic finish in Paris.

The 2009 Tour de France kicks off with short individual time trials on Saturday 4 July in flashy Monaco, but the eventual winner will not be decided until after the grueling Mont Ventoux climb three weeks later. This year marks the first time in Tour history that a significant climb has been scheduled so close to the finale in Paris. Many Tour watchers believe that this challenging stage will decide the fate of Armstrong and other riders ahead of the final sprint from Montereau-Fault-Yonne to the Champs-Elysees.
 
HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer, Olivier Dombey, said the company has worked overtime to create attractive hotel rates in four great cities that the tour passes through, including stages held outside of France.

“This year’s Tour de France will be memorable for many reasons. First there is heightened interest with the return of the American Lance Armstrong. He has called the ascent of Mont Ventoux the toughest of all the Tour climbs, and the Ventoux is also practically the only big stage Armstrong has never won.

“Then there are the new stages that leaves France for trips through Spain, Andorra, Italy and Switzerland, on top of its first ever start in Monaco on Saturday, with a part of the stage held on its famed Formula One circuit.”
According to Mr Dombey, the HotelTravel.com website will feature special rates in four of the unique destinations cyclists will pass through: Monaco, Marseille, Barcelona and Paris.

HotelTravel.com has highlighted the following Monaco hotels for the first two stages on 4 and 5 July: Forum Hotel Monaco (from EUR 103 per night), Alexandra Hotel (from EUR 112 per night), Columbus Monaco Hotel (from EUR 183 per night) and the Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel (from EUR 262 per night).

For Marseille hotels on 6 July, check out the Mercure Marseille Euro Centre Hotel (from EUR 77 per night), New Hotel Bompard (from EUR 96 per night), Escale Oceania Marseille Hotel (from EUR 102 per night), Kyriad Marseille Centre Rabatau Hotel (from EUR 127 per night) and the Pullman Marseille Palm Beach (from EUR 212 per night).

Top recommended hotels in Barcelona for 10 July include Catalonia Princesa Hotel (from EUR 78 per night), Confortel Almirante Hotel (from EUR 83 per night), San Agustin Hotel Barcelona (from EUR 101 per night), Colon Barcelona Hotel (from EUR 127 per night) and the H10 Montcada Hotel Barcelona (from EUR 144 per night).

Once the tour reaches its climactic conclusion, competition for hotels in Paris will be keen as Tour followers often arrive days in advance to get the party started. Suggested hotels include Mercure Paris Ronceray Opera Hotel (from EUR 103 per night), Londres Et New York Hotel (from EUR 128 per night), Claridge Bellman Hotel (from EUR 193 per night), Best Western Premier Bradford Elysees Hotel (from EUR 195 per night) or the Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris Hotel (from EUR 241 per night).

Riders that finish the entire 2009 Tour de France will have covered almost 3,500km with the Ventoux standing out amoung only three mountain stages. The Tour also has one medium stage in the Vosges Mountains, while the sprinters hope to make up time during the 10 flat stages. There are also two individual time trials, one team time trial and two rest days for the 180 riders from 20 teams that start the race.

For those looking to kill time on rest days or between stages, HotelTravel.com is the preferred reference point for Tour de France fans seeking the latest information on what to do and where to go.

Mr Dombey said high quality travel content and information in 8 major languages remained a huge competitive advantage for the company.  HotelTravel.com’s unique travel guides, insider tips and original hotel reviews were crucial to helping customers make informed hotel choices.

“The website has superb on-line maps to assist customers find hotels near the actual Tour circuit. And the ‘Traveller’s Tools’ section provides a 5-day weather outlook, very handy when travelling to catch the action as it moves from mountain climbs back down to sea level,” Mr Dombey, added.

In total HotelTravel.com is loaded with over 500,000 pages of original travel content not found anywhere else. Much of which could indeed prove essential information to experiencing the Tour de France in Monaco, Marseille, Barcelona and Paris – right until the race leader whizzes by wearing the coveted yellow jersey. -----ends-----

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