Cycling: Tour de France 2016 stages

Cycling: Tour de France 2016 stages
A closer look at the 2016 route. Photo: Tour de France
The 2016 edition of the Tour de France will cover 3,519km starting from Mont Saint-Michel on July 2nd and finishing in Paris three weeks later.

Here are the 21 stages revealed by organisers ASO on Tuesday:

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

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

Stage 3: July 4, Granville to Angers, 222km

Stage 4: July 5, Saumur to Limoges, 232km

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

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

Stage 7: July 8, L'Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle, 162km

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

Stage 9: July 10, Vielha Val d'Aran (ESP) to Andorre Arcalis (AND), 184km

First rest day: July 11

Stage 10: July 12, Escaldes-Engordany (AND) to Revel, 198km

Stage 11: July 13, Carcassonne to Montpellier, 164km

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

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

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

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

Stage 16: July 18, Moirans-en-Montagne to Berne (SUI), 206km
Second rest day: July 19
Stage 17: July 20, Berne (SUI) to Finhaut-Emosson (SUI), 184km. (See more here). 
Stage 18: July 21, Sallanches to Megeve, 17km (individual time-trial)
Stage 19: July 22, Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, 146km
Stage 20: July 23, Megeve to Morzine, 146km
Stage 21: July 24, Chantilly to Paris Champs-Elyees, 113km
There will be 28 climbs categorised at either second, first or hors category during the race.
Here AFP Sport looks at the most challenging of those, including the highest point of the race, the 2,407m Port d'Envalira.
Stage 5:
Pas de Peyrol: 5.4 km at 8.1 percent (1,589m)
col du Perthus: 4.4 km at 7.9% (1,309m)
col de Font de Cere: 3.3km at 5.8% (1,294m)
Stage 7:
col d'Aspin: 12km at 6.5% (1,490m)

Stage 8:
col du Tourmalet: 19km at 7.4% (2,115m)
Hourquette d'Ancizan: 8.2km at 4.9% (1,564m)
col de Val Louron-Azet: 10.7km at 6.8% (1,580m)
col de Peyresourde: 7.1km at 7.8% (1,569m)
Stage 9:
port de la Bonaigua: 13.7km at 6.1% (2,072m)
col d'El Canto: 19km at 5.4% (1,721m)
cote de la Comella: 4.2km at 8.2% (1,347m)
col de Beixalis: 6.4km at 8.5% (1,796m)
Andorre d'Arcalis: 10.1km at 7.2% (2,24m)
Stage 12:
Mont Ventoux: 15.7km at 8.8% (1,912m)

Stage 15:
col du Berthiand: 6km at 8.1% (780m)
col du Sappel: 8.8km at 5.6% (794m)
Grand Colombier: 12.8km at 6.8% (1,501m)
Lacets du Grand Colombier: 8.4km at 7.6% (891m)
Stage 17:
col de la Forclaz: 13km at 7.9% (1,527m)
Finhaut-Emosson: 10.4km at 8.4% (1,960m)

Stage 18:
cote de Domancy: 2.5km at 9.4% (810m)
Stage 19:
col de la Forclaz de Montmin: 9.8km at 6.9% (1,157m)
col de la Forclaz de Queige: 5.6km at 7.8% (870m)
Bisanne: 12.4km at 8.2% (1,723m)
Bettex: 9.8km at 8% (1,372m)
Stage 20:
col des Aravis: 6.7km at 7% (1,487m)
col de la Colombiere: 11.7km at 5.8% (1,618m)
col de la Ramaz: 13.9km at 7.1% (1,619m)
col de Joux Plane: 11.6km at 8.5% (1,691m)


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