The 2016 Tour de France gets underway in just over one week with Mont-St-Michel the backdrop for the 103rd Grand Départ, and concludes July 24 in Paris on the Champs-Élysées. Our sister publication, Procycling magazine, has put together a comprehensive stage-by-stage guide to this year's Tour de France.
For all 21 stages of this year's race, you can find a breakdown of what to expect on each day of racing with expert analysis from the likes of Daniel Mangeas, Robbie McEwen, Stephen Roche, Robert Millar, and Bernard Thevenet. There are also stage maps and profiles for all 21 stages marked with the sprint and king of the mountain points, along with all other crucial details.
"Normandy is my region, and when the Tour comes, there is going to be a week of festivities, before the race, and then during it," says Daniel Mangeas, the former voice of the Tour de France on stage 1. "This first stage is for the sprinters - the parcours is flat, nearly all the way, with some small climbs, but not enough to make a difference. The race goes past all the coastal towns and it will be a beautiful stage. I think Marcel Kittel is the favourite, and André Greipel, but I'd like to see Coquard and Bouhanni do well here, too."
For full stage by stage guides to the 2016 Tour de France, click here and make sure to bookmark the link to keep on top throughout the month of July.
You can now also purchase the 228-page 2016 Official Tour de France Guide which includes a souvenir pack that contains;
- A giant wall chart for filling in the stage winner and jersey holders after each day's racing
- The Cycling Anthology Extracts featuring stories from the Tour
- The official full-size fold-out route map
- 3 deluxe art cards featuring classic images from previous Tours