Andorra: hitting hard, hitting
high (3/6)

Friday, June 24th

Until 2 July, letour.fr will dissect what is at stake in the six key stages of the 2016 Tour de France. Of symbolic importance in the development of the race or perhaps decisive with regard to the... Read more

Le Lioran: descenders' peak (2/6)

Wednesday, June 22nd

Until 2 July, letour.fr will dissect what is at stake in the six key stages of the 2016 Tour de France. Of symbolic importance in the development of the race or perhaps decisive with regard to the... Read more

Cherbourg: a hardman in yellow
(1/6)

Tuesday, June 21st

Until 2 July, letour.fr will dissect what is at stake in the six key stages of the 2016 Tour de France. Of symbolic importance in the development of the race or perhaps decisive with regard to the... Read more

Denmark awaits its chance to host
the Tour

Monday, June 20th

A new candidate has added its name to the list of cities wanting to host the start of the Tour de France. An eventual visit to Copenhagen would lead the peloton towards the northernmost destination... Read more

Rudi Altig, in sprinters paradise

Monday, June 13th

German sprinters will find a source of inspiration and added motivation on the Tour de France when thinking of their forefather, Rudi Altig, who passed away yesterday at the age of 79. Read more

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2016 Route

Sporting aspects

The route

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

BORDERS
The 103rd Tour de France will visit three neighboring countries: Spain, the Principality of Andorra and Switzerland.

TIME-TRIALS
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).

BONUSES
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.

POINTS
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)

The stages

STAGETYPEDATESTART AND FINISHDISTANCEDETAILS
 
 
 
 
 
 
1FlatSaturday, July 2ndMont-Saint-Michel / Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont188 km
2FlatSunday, July 3rdSaint-Lô / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin183 km
3FlatMonday, July 4thGranville / Angers223.5 km
4FlatTuesday, July 5thSaumur / Limoges237.5 km
5MountainWednesday, July 6thLimoges / Le Lioran216 km
6FlatThursday, July 7thArpajon-sur-Cère / Montauban190.5 km
7MountainFriday, July 8thL'Isle-Jourdain / Lac de Payolle162.5 km
8MountainSaturday, July 9thPau / Bagnères-de-Luchon184 km
9MountainSunday, July 10thVielha Val d'Aran / Andorre Arcalis184.5 km
-Rest dayMonday, July 11thAndorre / Andorre
10HillyTuesday, July 12thEscaldes-Engordany / Revel197 km
11FlatWednesday, July 13thCarcassonne / Montpellier162.5 km
12MountainThursday, July 14thMontpellier / Mont Ventoux184 km
13Individual time trialFriday, July 15thBourg-Saint-Andéol / La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc37.5 km
14FlatSaturday, July 16thMontélimar / Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux208.5 km
15MountainSunday, July 17thBourg-en-Bresse / Culoz160 km
16FlatMonday, July 18thMoirans-en-Montagne / Berne209 km
-Rest dayTuesday, July 19thBerne / Berne
17MountainWednesday, July 20thBerne / Finhaut-Emosson184.5 km
18Individual time trialThursday, July 21stSallanches / Megève17 km
19MountainFriday, July 22ndAlbertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc146 km
20MountainSaturday, July 23rdMegève / Morzine-Avoriaz146.5 km
21FlatSunday, July 24thChantilly / Paris Champs-Élysées113 km

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