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.
Tour de France 2016 stages
• Rest Day: Andorra
• Rest Day 2: Bern
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