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Tour de France 2016 stage maps and profiles revealed

The 2016 Tour de France route was unveiled back on October 20, 2015 in Paris with ASO confirming a Mont-Saint-Michel Grand Départ on July 2 and Champs-Élysées finish 21 stages later on July 24. The exact roads which the peloton will cover and the mountains they will climb have now been released by ASO with stage maps and profiles made available. 

Only select stage profiles were made public in October with general director of the Tour, Christian Prudhomme, and the race's sports director, Thierry Gouvenou, having now finalised the 3,519 kilometre route.

The Pyrenees and Alps will again be crucial to the overall aspirations of riders such as defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) although the return of Mont Ventoux, and excursions into Andorra and Switzerland ensure the race isn't likely to be decided in one specific location.

An 17km uphill time trial from Sallanches to Megeve and the rolling Bourg-Saint-Andéol to La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc 37km test against the clock are two further obstacles for the general classification riders to conquer. There will also be numerous opportunities for breakaways across the 21 stages while a yellow jersey awaits the first sprinter across the stage 1 finish line in Utah Beach / Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont.

For all 21 stage maps and profiles of the 2016 Tour de France, click here and to pre-order the 228-page Official Tour de France Guide 2016, including a complementary souvenir pack, click here (opens in new tab)

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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