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 3,519 kilometres.
- 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
Distinctive aspects of the race
The 103rd Tour de France will visit three neighboring countries: Spain, the Principality of Andorra and Switzerland.
Individual time-trials return in style to the 2016 Tour de France with a total of 54 kilometres divided into two sequences: 37 between Bourg-Saint-Andéol (stage 13) and La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc and 17 between Sallanches and Megève (stage 18).
Back in 2015 after a seven-year absence, time bonuses will again be given at the fi nishes of normal stages. The bonuses will be of 10, 6 and 4 seconds for the fi rst three of each stage.
The green jersey will be rewarded to the leader of the points classifi cation. Points will be given at the fi nishes of each stage as well as at an intermediate sprint on every normal stage.
The polka dot jersey will be worn by the leader of best climbers classifi cation. Points will be given out at the top of mountains and hills and at the 4 mountain-top fi nishes (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson and Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc).
16 unseen sites and stage cities
- Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (finish of stage 1)
- Saint-Lô (start of stage 2)
- Arpajon-sur-Cère (start of stage)
- L’Isle-Jourdain (start of stage 7)
- Lac de Payolle (finish of stage 7)
- Vielha Val d’Aran (start of stage 9)
- Escaldes-Engordany (start of stage 10)
- Bourg-Saint-Andéol (start of stage 13)
- La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc (finish of stage 13)
- Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux (finish of stage 14)
- Culoz (finish of stage 15)
- Moirans-en-Montagne (start of stage 16)
- Berne (finish of stage 16 and start of stage 17)
- Finhaut-Emosson (finish of stage 17)
- Megève (finish of stage 18 and start of stage 20)
- Chantilly (start of stage 21)
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Sponsorship and Environment
Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more
A.S.O. is committed to integrating environmental considerations into the organisation of its races: Limiting CO2 emissions; A quality waste management policy for the spectators but also for the organisers and the riders; The promotion of cycling as an alternative, environmentally-friendly means of transport. Read more