Tour De France 2016: Everything You Need to Know

Biggest cycling event of this year will begin from 2nd July 2016. Compared to previous year the tournament is going to be more interesting and difficult for the cyclist. The tournament will long for 17 days and will go through over 21different stages. Here is everything you need to know about tour de France 2016.

History of Tour De France

Tour de France is an event of cycling which is going to be organized this year once again in France. It is organized annually and consists of multiple stages. The Tour de France race was first organized in the year 1903 with a sole aim of increasing paper sales for the magazine. The race is normally organized in the month of July. Since 1903 it is organized every year except it was stopped for the two world wars. It is a three week long grand organization which is usually organized in France and nearby countries. The route of the race changes every year keeping the format fixed. Tour to France consists of 20-22 teams each having nine riders. The time taken by each rider is compounded with his previous stage time and the rider with the lowest aggregate time considered as leader of the race and gets the coveted yellow jersey. Each stage has a fixed time to finish.

There are some other contests also held during the tour: the Points classification for the sprinters, the mountains classifications for the climbers, young rider classifications for riders below the age of 26, and the team classification for the fastest team.

Tour De France Map

Tour de France 2016 map is as given below. Larger version is available in the PDF format as a download at the end of the following image.

tour de france map

It is the 103rd edition of Tour de France which will commence on 2nd July Saturday and lasts to 24th July Sunday. Over a spread of 17 days it gives immense opportunities to the strong men of the mountains including two rest days and two days for individual time trial stages. This year “Tour de France” will visit Spain, the Principality of Andorra and Switzerland the three neighboring countries of Japan.

It is first time in the history of Tour De France that it is going to start in French department of Manche as per announcement by Amaury sport Organization on 24th November 2014. The official announcement of the final route, at Paris on 20 October, was unveiled by race director Christian Prudhomme.

And it is also unveiled that the race is scheduled to have a stage finish in Andorre on its ninth day. Here cycling will not only be done on flat surfaces but it also needs to be driven along different mountains and hilly regions.

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Tour de France 2016

Tour De France 2016 information is as follows. With a hilly stage and mountain stage, tour de France is going to be challenging for all the participants. Despite this, the craze is not going down. Several countries will be participating in this prestigious tournament  of the year. Next biggest tournament is going to be tour of Britain. This year also the race is going to be organized through different stages and it will cover a total distance of 3519 kilometers. This year Tour De France will be completed in 21 stages which consists of

  • 9 Flat stages
  • 1 hilly stage
  • 2 individual time trial stages and
  • 9 mountain stages.

The stages

Following are the tour de France 2016 stages along with the distance and type of the track. At the end, there is a PDF version of schedule available for those wish to download tour de France 2016 stages to their PC.

1 Flat Saturday, July 2nd Mont-Saint-michel / Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont 188 km
2 Flat Sunday, July 3rd Saint-Lô / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin 182 km
3 Flat Monday, July 4th Granville / Angers 222 km
4 Flat Tuesday, July 5th Saumur / Limoges 232 km
5 Mountain Wednesday, July 6th Limoges / Le Lioran 216 km
6 Flat Thursday, July 7th Arpajon-sur-Cère / Montauban 187 km
7 Mountain Friday, July 8th L’Isle-Jourdain / Lac de Payolle 162 km
8 Mountain Saturday, July 9th Pau / Bagnères-de-Luchon 183 km
9 Mountain Sunday, July 10th Vielha Val d’Aran / Andorre Arcalis 184 km
Rest day Monday, July 11th Andorre
10 Hilly Tuesday, July 12th Escaldes-Engordany / Revel 198 km
11 Flat Wednesday, July 13th Carcassonne / Montpellier 164 km
12 Mountain Thursday, July 14th Montpellier / Mont Ventoux 185 km
13 Individual time trial Friday, July 15th Bourg-Saint-Andéol / La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc 37 km
14 Flat Saturday, July 16th Montélimar / Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux 208 km
15 Mountain Sunday, July 17th Bourg-en-Bresse / Culoz 159 km
16 Flat Monday, July 18th Moirans-en-Montagne / Berne 206 km
Rest day Tuesday, July 19th Berne
17 Mountain Wednesday, July 20th Berne / Finhaut-Emosson 184 km
18 Individual time trial Thursday, July 21st Sallanches / Megève 17 km
19 Mountain Friday, July 22nd Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc 146 km
20 Mountain Saturday, July 23rd Megève / Morzine 146 km
21 Flat Sunday, July 24th Chantilly / Paris Champs-Élysées 113 km

In comparison of previous year’s race, this race is 157.8 km longer , contains the same number of rest days and one additional day for individual time trial. The Grande Boucle will visit Switzerland on stages 16 and 17. The two rest days will   take place in Andorre and Bern respectively.

Chris Froome will seek to become the first rider after Minguel Indurain in 1995 to successfully defend his Tour de France title. The first stage will start from Mount Saint Michel on 2nd July 2016 and will end at Chantilly (Paris) on 24th July.

In short, tour de France 2016 will be more bigger and competitive compared to all the previous years. Additional information related to the tournament, participant teams and predictions shall be provided really soon. will cover all the information related to cycling tournaments and events in a separate section. How excited are you about the upcoming tour de France 2016 tournament? Will you be watching the tournament online?