2016 Tour de France Route Rumours. This page will contain all the info I come across about the route of 2016 Tour de France up to the presentation on the route in October 2015. Rumours, hearsay and wild speculation.
The 2016 Tour de France will be the 103 edition and will get under way from Manche Department, Normandy in 2016. The department has welcomed the Tour de France 23 times between 1911 (Cherbourg) and 2013 (individual time-trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel), but it has never hosted the Grand Départ before. The last start in France was in 2011 in Vendee.
In the aftermath of the Grand Départ in Corsica, Yorkshire and Utrecht in Holland in 2015, a spectacular visual feast will be part of the program for the beginning of the 2016 Tour, which will set off from the foot of the Mont-Saint-Michel. The riders will first follow the bay then, after crossing the Cotentin Peninsula, will head to Utah Beach, one of the 6 June, 1944 landing beaches, situated at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. This mainly coastal route could expose the riders to wind gusts, but the totally flat profile will most certainly be to the advantage of the teams of the top sprinters.
The 2016 Tour will waste little time in posing a challenge to the contenders. As early as day two of the race, Sunday July 3, 2016, the leaders will have to make themselves and their intentions known and head into battle. After leaving Saint-Lô, the race will make its way towards Coutances then back to the coast with the Channel Islands in the background. But in approaching La Hague, the riders will have to prepare for a more difficult time. The crossing from Cherbourg to Octeville will bring the peloton, or what is left of it, towards the tough La Glacerie climb. At the top there will be seconds to take after a three kilometer ascent with a 14% grade section.
After crisscrossing the department and skirting its coastline, the Tour de France peloton will say goodbye to the Manche on Monday July 4, 2016. Stage three will start from the west coast port and seaside resort of Granville, for a destination that will remain unknown until October 20, 2015, the date of the 2016 Tour de France presentation.
Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France Director: “The Manche is a very beautiful department with breath taking scenery. It offers varied terrain that will favor the sprinters at Utah Beach, and allow the punchers their chance to standout in the hills above Cherbourg-Octeville. Let us not forget the Mont-Saint-Michel that will majestically enhance the very first pedal strokes of the riders of the peloton, three years after it was the backdrop for the 100th Tour de France.”
Jean-François Le Grand, President of the Manche General Council: “It was written that the history of cycling, the Tour de France and the Manche would one day converge. We are proud to offer cycling a sumptuous setting, to promise the Tour de France a warm and passionate welcome and to offer the Manche all the glory it deserves. The coming together of the three during the 2016 start will be magic.”
The Manche stages of the 2016 Tour:
• Saturday July 2: Mont-Saint-Michel – Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, 188 km
• Sunday July 3: Saint Lô – Cherbourg-Octeville, 182 km
• Monday July 4: Granville > …
|Saturday 2nd July||Le Mont-Saint-Michel||Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont||188km road stage|
|Sunday 3rd July||Saint Lô||Cherbourg-Octeville||182km road stage|
|Monday 4th July||Granville||Angers|
|Tuesday 5th July||Saumur||Limoges|
|Wednesday 6th July||Limoges||Le Lioran||Mountain top finish|
|Thursday 7th July||Arpajon-sur-Cère||Montauban|
|Friday 8th July||Isle-Jourdain||Lac de Payolle|
|Saturday 9th July||Pau||Loudenvielle or Luchon|
|Sunday 10th July||Val d’Aran||Andorra|
|Monday 11th July||Andorra||Andorra||Rest Day|
|Tuesday 12th July||Andorra||Revel|
|Wednesday 13th July||Carcassonne||Montpellier|
|Thursday 14th July||Montpellier||Mont Ventoux|
|Friday 15th July||Bourg-Saint-Andéol||Vallon-Pont-d’Arc|
|Saturday 16th July||Montélimar||Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux|
|Sunday 17th July||Bourg-en-Bresse||Culoz|
|Monday 18th July||Moirans-en-Montagne||Berne|
|Tuesday 19th July||Berne||Berne||Rest Day|
|Wednesday 20th July||Berne||Finhaut-Emosson|
|Thursday 21st July||Sallanches||Megève|
|Friday 22th July||Albertville||Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc|
|Saturday 23rd July||Saint-Gervais-les-Bains||Morzine|
|Sunday 24th July||Chantilly||Paris|