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  • Le Tour 2016 Route:
  • Running from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2016, the 103th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,519 kilometres.
  • These stages have the following profiles:
  • (9) flat stages.
  • (1) hilly stage.
  • (9) mountain stages including 4 summit finishes.
  • (2) individual time trial stages.
  • (2) rest days.

Le Tour De France 2016: Stage 1


Tony Martin in Mont-Saint-Michel (© PresseSports)

Mont-Saint-Michel / Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont 188KM

In the wake of the Grand Départ in Corsica, Yorkshire and Utrecht in the Netherlands in 2015, a spectacular visual sequence will be on the program for the pack’s first kilometres of the 2016 Tour de France, starting from the foot of the Mont-Saint-Michel. The riders will ride along the bay then, after having crossed the Cotentin peninsula from west to east, will head to Utah Beach, one of the Normandy landing beaches on D-day, 6th June 1944, located in the village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, passing through towns that have left their mark on history such as Sainte-Mère-Église. This essentially costal route will expose the riders to possibly gusty winds, but the entirely flat profile should definitely be an advantage for the main sprinters’ teams.

The Mont-Saint-Michel! Who could have dreamt of a more spectacular Grand Départ to a Tour de France under the sign of esthetics? From there, it'll be a rather smooth start: fl at terrain on all the stage. At the fi nish, the riders will have a meeting with history, arriving at Utah Beach, one of the beaches chosen on the 6th of June 1944 for the D-Day Landing operations. The sprinters should have the fi nal word…

The three million tourists visit the Who Mont-Saint-Michel every year Almost always leave With Their souvenir photography. And in terms of pictures, Tony Martin Certainly Has the Most prestigious one, wearing the World Champion's rainbow jersey and flying to victory During The first individual time-trial of the 2013 Tour. The first winner at the foot of the 'Western Marvel' was belgian Johan Museeuw. It was back in 1990.