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Tour de France 2016

Tour de France 2016

The Tour de France hub page is packed with news, 21 stage previews, analysis, photos, and rider interviews ahead of the 2016 edition of the race.

With expert opinions from the Cyclingnews team and pundits includling Robert Millar, you’re complete coverage for the 2016 Tour de France starts here.

Tour de France 2016 route

The 2016 Tour de France will be the 103rd edition of the oldest Grand Tour on the calendar. After a start in Utrecht in 2015, the race will return to home shores for the opening stages, setting off from the foot of Mont-Saint-Michel in the Manche department. The race last visited the picturesque area for the individual time trial in 2013, which was won by Tony Martin.

The full race route was announced on October 20 in Paris, with organiser ASO revealing an innovative but mountainous route that visits the Pyrenees, Mont Ventoux and the Alps. The race will not remain entirely in France, with three days to be spent in the Principality of Andorra and a visit to Berne in Switzerland – the home town of Fabian Cancellara. Chris Froome (Team Sky) is the defending Tour de France champion. Froome won the race in 2013 but crashed out in 2014.

In 2016 Tour de France there will be just 54km of time trials, divided between a twisting 37km between Bourg-Saint-Andéol and La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc on stage 13 and then a hilly, almost mountain time trial on stage 18 between Sallanches and Megève in the Alps. The race will, of course, finish with the traditional stage through the streets of Paris.

The 2016 Tour de France starts on Saturday July 2 an ends on Sunday July 24. There will be two rest days in Andorra and Berne.

Tour de France 2016 contenders

A number of big names have already signalled their intention to ride the race in 2016. Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) will return to try and take his third Tour de France title. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) is hoping to end his illustrious career on a high with victory , while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Fabio Aru (Astana) are targeting their first wins in the race.

The French Tour de France challenge will come from Romain Bardet (AG2R) and Thibault Pinot (FDJ). Both riders won stages in 2015, while Pinot won the white jersey and finished third overall in the 2014 Tour de France.

Other riders hoping to contend in the overall battle at the 2016 Tour de France include Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) and Robert Gesink (Team LottoNL-Jumbo).

Tour de France 2016 stages

• Stage 1: Mont Saint-Michel – Utah Beach – 188km

• Stage 2: Saint-Lo – Cherbourg-Octeville – 182km

• Stage 3: Granville – Angers – 222km

• Stage 4: Saumur – Limoges – 232km

• Stage 5: Limoges – Le Lioran – 216km

• Stage 6: July Arpajon-sur-Cère – Montauban – 187km

• Stage 7: L’Isle-Jourdain – Lac de Payolle – 162km

• Stage 8: Pau – Bagnères-de-Luchon – 183km

• Stage 9: Vielha Val d’Aran – Andorra-Arcalis -184km

• Rest Day: Andorra

• Stage 10: Escaldes-Engordany – Revel 198km

• Stage 11: Carcassonne – Montpellier -164km

• Stage 12: Montpellier – Mont Ventoux – 185km

• Stage 13: Bourg-Saint-Andéol – La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc – 37km – Individual time trial

• Stage 14: Montélimar – Villars-les-Dombes – Parc des Oiseaux – 208km

• Stage 15: July Bourg-en-Bresse – Culoz -159km

•Stage 16 18 July Moirans-en-Montagne – Bern – 206km 
Rest Day 2: Bern

• Stage 17: Bern – Finhaut Émosson -184km

• Stage 18: Sallanches – Megève – 17 km – Individual time trial

• Stage 19: Albertville – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains -146km

• Stage 20: Megève – Morzine – 146km

• Stage 21: Chantilly – Paris – 113km

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Tour de France 2016 Race Route Map

Tour de France 2016 route race map

Tour de France 2016 video

Chris Froome

talks about what it would mean to win the Tour de France in 2016 and how he plans on defending his title from 2015. Froome has won the Tour de France twice and in 2016 is also targeting the Olympic Games, where he could compete in both the road race and the time trial for Great Britain. He won a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games behind his then teammate Bradley Wiggins.

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Tour de France 2015 overview

In 2015 Chris Froome won his second Tour de France after triumphing in 2013. In 2015 he was dominant almost throughout the race while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was his closest challenger, finishing second overall at 1:12. The Colombian’s teammate Alejandro Valverde finished third overall while the 2014 Tour de France champion, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) could only manage fourth overall. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) finished fifth after winning the Giro d’Italia in May.

Froome moved into the yellow jersey on stage 10 when he won at La Pierre-Saint-Martin and never looked back. Despite a late rally from Quintana and illness in the third week, Froome hung on for victory.

Tour de France men’s top 10 overall in 2015

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 84:46:14
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:12
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:25
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:08:36
5 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:09:48
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:10:47
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:15:14
8 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:15:39
9 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:16:00
10 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:17:30

Tour de France Race Map
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Stage 1
Saturday, July 2 2016
188km Mont-Saint-Michel – Utah Beach / Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont
Stage 2
Sunday, July 3 2016
182km Saint-Lô – Cherbourg-Octeville
Stage 3
Monday, July 4 2016
222km Granville – Angers
Stage 4
Tuesday, July 5 2016
232km Saumer – Limoges
Stage 5
Wednesday, July 6 2016
216km Limoges – Le Lioran
Stage 6
Thursday, July 7 2016
187km Arpajon-sur-Cère – Montauban
Stage 7
Friday, July 8 2016
162km L’Isle-Jourdain – Lac de Payolle
Stage 8
Saturday, July 9 2016
183km Pau – Bagnères-de-Luchon
Stage 9
Sunday, July 10 2016
184km Vielha Val d’Aran – Andorre Arcalis
Rest Day 1
Monday, July 11 2016
Andorra
Stage 10
Tuesday, July 12 2016
198km Escaldes-Engordany – Revel
Stage 11
Wednesday, July 13 2016
264km Carcassonne – Montpellier
Stage 12
Thursday, July 14 2016
185km Montpellier – Mont Ventoux
Stage 13
Friday, July 15 2016
37km Bourg-Saint-Andéol – La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc
Stage 14
Saturday, July 16 2016
208km Montélimar – Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux
Stage 15
Sunday, July 17 2016
159km Bourg-en-Bresse – Culoz
Stage 16
Monday, July 18 2016
206km Moirans-en-Montagne – Berne
Rest Day 2
Tuesday, July 19 2016
Berne
Stage 17
Wednesday, July 20 2016
184km Berne – Finhaut-Emosson
Stage 18
Thursday, July 21 2016
17km Sallanches – Megève
Stage 19
Friday, July 22 2016
146km Albertville – Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc
Stage 20
Saturday, July 23 2016
146km Megève – Morzine
Stage 21
Sunday, July 24 2016
113km Chantilly – Paris Champs-Élysées
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Cookson: ASO can’t pick and choose which rules apply to them
Chris Froome shows off the 2016 Team Sky racing kit
Merckx: Froome has no rivals for Tour de France crown
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