* The Return of the Myth with live television coverage on Eurosport
Tour de Corse organiser the ASACC and Eurosport Events, the promoter of the
Intercontinental Rally Challenge, have unveiled exciting details of the 2011 Tour de Corse
E.Leclerc, round three of the IRC, which will take place from 12-14 May.
Affectionately known as the Rally of 10,000 Corners due to the proliferation of twists and turns on
challenging mountain roads, the legendary event will return to its original spirit, as it will be run
around the picturesque Mediterranean island and will benefit from live television coverage.
The all-new route, which was presented in Paris yesterday (Thursday), will consist of 14 special
stages over a competitive distance of 320 kilometres. The 2011 Tour de Corse will start in the town
of Calvi on Corsicas north west coast on Thursday 12 May. Fridays action will be based around
the town of Corte with the final days competition on Saturday 14 May run around Ajaccio in the
south west of the island. A detailed itinerary is available on the event’s website at www.asacc.fr.
Christian Leca, the President of the Tour de Corse organiser ASACC, said: 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. 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.
The Tour de Corse will benefit from unique international media coverage including live broadcasts
of six stages on Eurosports network that will reach over 123 million homes across 59 countries in
Europe, on Eurosport 2 and on Eurosport Asia-Pacific. This will be complemented by
comprehensive coverage on Eurosportnews and the eurosport.com websites.
We are very happy to welcome the Tour de Corse, an iconic name in the motorsport world, which
decided like Rallye Monte-Carlo, to join the IRC. In close co-ordination with the ASACC organisers,
we have decided to set up an ambitious live production plan that will allow viewing fans to enjoy
the action directly as it happens, with the beautiful Corsican countryside as a background, said
Géraldine Filiol, the Managing Director of Eurosport Events.
A number of personalities attended the presentation in Paris: among them, 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
Eurosports LIVE TV coverage of Tour de Corse:
Thursday 12 May:
25:00-25:30: Highlights of day 1 (Eurosport)
Friday 13 May:
09:00-10:00: LIVE SS3 Erbajolo-Pont dAltiani (Eurosport)
12:00-13:00: LIVE SS5 Taverna-Pont de Castirla (Eurosport 2)
17:30-18:00: LIVE SS8 Erbajolo-Pont dAltiani (Eurosport Player)
Saturday 14 May:
09:00-10:00: LIVE SS9 Sarrola-Plage du Liamone (Eurosport)
15:00-16:00: LIVE SS12 Marato-Acqua Doria (Eurosport 2)
20:00-21:00: LIVE SS14 Sarrola-Plage du Liamone (Eurosport)
Sunday 15 May:
23:00-23:30: Magazine Rally Review (Eurosport)