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Tour de France 2016 route unveiled in Paris (+ videos)

Visits to Andorra and Switzerland and Bastille Day summit finish on Mont Ventoux in next year's race...

The route of the 2016 Tour de France has been presented in Paris today, with highlights including a Grand Depart at Mont St-Michel and visits to Andorra and Switzerland either side of a Bastille Day summit finish on Mont Ventoux.

The 103rd edition of the race includes two individual time trial stages totalling 54kilometres – a contrast with this year’s parcours, which had the lowest distance of the discipline in the 70 years since the end of World War II.

That conflict is acknowledged with a Stage 1 finish at Utah Beach, one of the five landing sites used by Allied forces as the liberation of France got under way on D-Day on 6 June 1944, one of nine stages described as “flat” by organisers ASO.

There are nine mountain stages including four summit finishes – besides that much anticipated ascent of Mont Ventoux, the other three are at Andorre Arcalis, Finhaut-Emosson and Saint-Gervaix Mont Blanc.

Unusually, neither of the two rest days in next year’s Tour will be in France – the first is in Andorra, the second in the Swiss federal capital, Bern.

Here’s the flythrough video of the route – including an opening sequence featuring Mont St Michel that owes more than a little to the title credits of the TV series Game of Thrones.

Le parcours 2016 en 3D - The 2016 route in 3D by tourdefrance


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2016 Tour de France route

Stage 1  Flat                  Sat 2 July           Mont-Saint-Michel - Utah Beach Ste-Marie-du-Mont 188 km
Stage 2  Flat                  Sun 3 July          Saint-Lô - Cherbourg-Octeville  182 km
Stage 3  Flat                  Mon 4 July         Granville - Angers 222 km
Stage 4  Flat                  Tue 5 July           Saumur - Limoges 232 km
Stage 5  Hilly                 Wed 6 July         Limoges - Le Lioran 216 km
Stage 6  Flat                  Thu 7 July           Arpajon-sur-Cère - Montauban 187 km
Stage 7  Mountain      Fri 8 July              L’Isle-Jourdain - Lac de Payolle 162 km
Stage 8  Mountain      Sat 9 July             Pau - Bagnères-de-Luchon 183 km
Stage 9  Mountain      Sun 10 July         Vielha Val d’Aran - Andorra Arcalis 184 km
Rest day                         Mon 11 July        Andorra                              
Stage 10 Mountain    Tue 12 July          Escaldes-Engordany - Revel 198 km
Stage 11 Flat                Wed 13 July        Carcassonne - Montpellier           164 km
Stage 12 Mountain    Thu 14 July         Montpellier - Mont Ventoux       185 km
Stage 13 ITT                  Fri 15 July           Bourg-Saint-Andéol - La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc   37 km   
Stage 14 Flat                Sat 16 July          Montélimar - Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux 208 km
Stage 15 Flat                Sun 17 July         Bourg-en-Bresse - Culoz 159 km
Stage 16 Flat                Mon 18 July        Moirans-en-Montagne - Bern 206 km
Rest day                         Tue 19 July         Bern                     
Stage 17 Mountain     Wed 20 July       Bern - Finhaut-Emosson 184 km
Stage 18 ITT                  Thu 21 July        Sallanches - Megève 17 km   
Stage 19 Mountain     Fri 22 July           Albertville - Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc 146 km
Stage 20 Mountain     Sat 23 July          Megève - Morzine 146 km
Stage 21 Flat                 Sun 24 July        Chantilly - Paris Champs-Élysées 113 km


Here's the highlights of this year's race, when Chris Froome of Team Sky sealed his second overall win in three years.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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bikeandy61 | 8 years ago

Isn't it about time we had a proper mountain time trial, Ventoux, L'alpe D'huez? C'mon ASO!

dodgy | 8 years ago

Already booked into Samoens, been a while since it went up the Joux Plane, it will need completely resurfacing and the landslide damage repaired on the Morzine side. I bet the locals are happy about that!


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