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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 15


Maison typique, Bourg-en-Bresse (© Serge Buathier)

Bourg-en-Bresse / Culoz 159KM

Cyclists in the area are used to climbing the Grand Colombier, a fearsome —and feared— mountain pass in the Jura Massif from its four sides. The Tour peloton will face a similar challenge when it tackles the summit from two different sides in the same stage. A tricky descent awaits before the finish in Culoz.

The prefecture of the Ain area had to wait until the XXIst century to welcome the Tour de France and witness in 2002 the first stage victory of a future green jersey, Thor Hushovd. Five years later, another sprinter, Tom Boonen, lifted his arms to the sky and captured the green jersey that he would no longer lose on the way to Paris. More recently, during the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné, Bradley Wiggins had sealed his success by claiming the time-trial.