The Tour de Corse will return to its 'original spirit' with an all-new route for 2011, it was announced this week.

The itinerary for the third round in the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge was presented in Paris on Thursday by the event organiser, the ASACC and Eurosport Events, the promoter of the IRC. A number of personalities attended the presentation including Bryan Bouffier, the current leader of the IRC drivers' standings and winner of the 2011 Rallye Monte-Carlo, as well as Miss France, Laury Thilleman, who will open the road of the Tour de Corse as co-driver of a Peugeot RCZ.

The schedule for the 2011 Tour de Corse will consist of 14 special stages over a competitive distance of 320 kilometres.

The event will start in the town of Calvi on Corsica's north west coast on Thursday 12 May. Friday's action will be based around the town of Corte with the final day's competition on Saturday 14 May run around Ajaccio in the south west of the island.

"After two years of absence from the international scene, the Tour de Corse comes back in the best way by joining the IRC calendar to build again the mythical trio of Monte Carlo, Corsica and Sanremo," said Christian Leca, president of the Tour de Corse organiser ASACC.

"The itinerary going from Calvi, through Corte to Ajaccio will contribute to renew a real boost in the popularity of this legendary event, to which the local communities and the private partners, being local or national, have brought a strong support."

Meanwhile, it was also confirmed that Eurosport will broadcast six stages of the event live.



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