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Chris Froome delighted at 2016 tour de France route

The defending champion of the Tour de France, British rider Chris Froome, has given his tick of approval for the ‘great’ 2016 route for the iconic race which was announced recently in Paris. He hopes that this route will help him to carry on the crown for a hat-trick win. He performed strongly last year and delivered an incredible win, and hopes to achieve the same for Tour de France 2016. The course from 2,187 mile (3519.6 km) long race runs from the 2nd until the 24th of July and is among the toughest races in the world. The 21 stages of the race feature a lot of climbs – 28 in total – and visits Andorra, Spain and Switzerland. There will also be two time trials in the face. Chris Froome, a Team Sky rider, said that ‘it challenges every aspect of cycling – time trials, mountains and a technical descent.’ He went on to say that ‘It’s such an amazing, special race (and though) I’m still 30 years old, I feel I have a lot left in my legs.’


He feels that it will suit him better than the tour of 2015, which was a statement in reference to the fact that there were two time trials for a total of 33.5 miles, which was in comparison to a single time trial for the 2015 race. The 103rd edition of the Tour de France will return to Mont Ventoux, fittingly, on Bastille Day (held on the 14th of July) which will be three years after the incredible victory that sealed Froome’s first ever Tour de France win. Froome mentioned that ‘The beautiful thing about the Tour de France is that it’s not specifically about one stage – I think it’s going to take a complete cyclist – but the stage that certainly stands out for me is Mont Ventoux.’ He won the race in 2013 and 2015, and he knows how difficult this climb is and how much potential there is for time won and lost.


After the tour leaves Normandy, it winds its way down to the Pyrenees and heads out on a tough fifth stage to Le Lioran in the Massif Central. Experts state that this is the most challenging day in a pretty sprinter-friendly first week. The first week opens with a sharp dash to Utah Beach – a fact that should put a sprinter in yellow for the third time in the past four years. That said, once the race hits the Pyrenees on stage seven, the Tour heads back to recent type and becomes more about the climbing contest that it’s renowned for.


British sprinter Mark Cavendish was quoted as saying ‘It’s so hard – for 21 days it’s going to be full gas!’


Among other highlights of the race are a leg-meltingly brutal 183 km stage from Pau to Bagneres de Luchon, closely followed by a huge day in Andorra. The Alps’ most testing climbs will show the winners from the losers in this incredible race. Let’s take a look at the breakdown of the stages, below.


2016 Tour de France Stages


Stage 1: 2nd July. From Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, 188km


Stage 2: 3rd July. From Saint-Lo to Cherbourg-Octeville, 182km


Stage 3: 4th July. From Granville to Angers, 222km


Stage 4: 5th July. From Saumur to Limoges, 232km


Stage 5: 6th July. From Limoges to Le Lioran, 216km


Stage 6: 7th July. From Arpajon-sur-Cere to Montauban, 187km


Stage 7: 8th July. From L’Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle, 162km


Stage 8: 9th July. From Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon, 183km


Stage 9: 10th July. From Vielha Val d’Aran (Spain) to Andorre Arcalis (Andorra), 184km


First rest day: 11th July


Stage 10: 12th July. From Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) to Revel, 198km


Stage 11: 13th July. From Carcassonne to Montpellier, 164km


Stage 12: 14th July. From Montpellier to Mont Ventoux, 185km


Stage 13: 15th July. From Bourg-Saint-Andeol to La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc, 37km (individiual time-trial)


Stage 14: 16th July. From Montelimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux, 208km


Stage 15: 17th July. From Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz, 159km


Stage 16: 18th July. From Moirans-en-Montagne to Berne (Switzerland), 206km


Second rest day: 19th July


Stage 17: 20th July. From Berne (Switzerland) to Finhaut-Emosson (Switzerland), 184km


Stage 18: 21st July. From Sallanches to Megeve, 17km (individual time-trial)


Stage 19: 22nd July. From Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, 146km


Stage 20: 23rd July. From Megeve to Morzine, 146km


Stage 21: 24th July. From Chantilly to Paris, Champs-Elysees, 113km



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