The peloton will bid farewell to la Manche having criss-crossed the entire department. Stage 3 will start from Granville, a port and beach resort on the western coast, for a finish that will remain a yet-to-be-decided location until the 2016 Tour de France presentation on October 20th, 2015.
There will be revenges to be taken for the beaten riders of the first days and hard work for their teams to make sure that after 220 km, the peloton makes it bunched to the finish for a well organised sprint by the City Hall. For the finishers, winning after the likes of Freddy Maertens, Jan Raas or Tom Boonen deserves quite some efforts.
The holiday resort overlooks at one end the Mont-Saint-Michel bay. Its magnificence and majesty imbued the most famous child of the city. Mentioning in his autobiography the house of his childhood, designer Christian Dior explains that “its life, its style owe everything to its situation and its architecture”. Another artist, André Darrigade, in a far more physical style sprinted to victory at home, when the Tour came for the only time in 1957.