The 103rd edition of the race is coming back in the Haute-Savoie, promising some interesting and unpredictable racing!
The race consists of a total of 21 stages and runs over 21 days: 9 flat stages, 1 medium mountain stage, 9 mountain stages and 4 mountain finishes (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson and Saint-Gervaix Mont Blanc), 2 individual time-trial stages and 2 rest days.
The race begins at Normandy's iconic Mont Saint-Michel and finishes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Hundreds of riders gather together to compete for the victory.
Good news for the Haute-Savoie community, which will host the Tour de France during 4 days! 1 individual time-trial and 3 mountain stages will take place in the Alps, in the last 5 days of the Tour de France. Thus, Mont Blanc will offer a stunning backdrop to the final mountain stages to Megève, Saint-Gervais-Mont Blanc and Morzine.
The Alps Stages of the Tour de France 2016:
- 17th stage (July 20). This route begins from Berne and finishes at the edge of the Emosson dam (Martigny), situated next to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Straight out of the rest day, this stage provides a crucial test.
- 18th stage (July 21). For this stage the peloton has to face the 17km uphill time trial from Sallanches to Megève.
- 19th stage (July 22). Albertville to Saint-Gervais-Mont Blanc route, covers a 146km distance and seems to be perfect for a breakaway, as the final overall contenders save their last drops of energy for the final mountain stage to Morzine.
- 20th stage (July 22). The climbing-fest concludes with a 146km route Megeve - Morzine, before the final showdown on the Champs-Élyséesc in Paris. As the finish line approaches, the riders have to show their skills and keep a good position on this decisive stage.
The 2016 Tour de France winner will be celebrated in Paris on Sunday July 24 with the traditional road race stage, starting in Chantilly.