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Tour de France 2016
The 2016 Tour de France will be the 103rd edition of the oldest Grand Tour on the calendar. After a foreign 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. 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.
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 here, while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Fabio Aru (Astana) are targeting their first win in the race.