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.
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.
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.
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.
|STAGE||TYPE||DATE||START AND FINISH||DISTANCE|
|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. Cycling180.com 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?