The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race which has provoked a mixture of astonishment and admiration. Le Tour won over the sporting public and the roadside crowds swelled and French people took to their hearts this unusual event which placed their towns, their countryside and, since 1910, even their mountains, in the spotlight.
Running from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2016, the 103th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,535 kilometres (2196 miles). This year, Le Tour will start in Normandy at the Mont-Saint-Michel, one of Europe’s most unforgettable sights.
The stages have the following profiles:
9 flat stages
1 hilly stage
9 mountain stages including 4 summit finishes (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson et Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc)
2 individual time trial stages
2 rest days
16 unseen sites and stage cities
Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Saint-Lô, Arpajon-sur-Cère, L’Isle-Jourdain, Lac de Payolle, Vielha Val d’Aran, Escaldes-Engordany, Bourg-Saint-Andéol, La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc, Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux, Culoz, Moirans-en-Montagne, Berne, Finhaut-Emosson, Megève and Chantilly.
Please note: we bring you this item with the compliments of France Tourism
For updates on the race, please visit: www.letour.com