Cycling: Tour de France 2016 stages

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.

Cycling: Tour de France 2016 stages
A closer look at the 2016 route. Photo: Tour de France

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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Inaugural Women’s Tour de France to start at Eiffel Tower

The route for the inaugural women's Tour de France was unveiled on Thursday with eight stages, embarking from the Eiffel Tower on July 24th next year.

French cyclist Marion Rousse delivers a speech next to Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme during the presentation of the first edition of the Women's Tour de France cycling race.
French cyclist Marion Rousse delivers a speech next to Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme during the presentation of the first edition of the Women's Tour de France cycling race. Photo: Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP.

The first complete edition of the women’s version of cycling’s iconic race starts on the day the 109th edition of the men’s Tour ends.

After a route that winds through northern France, the race culminates in the Planche des Belles Filles climb in the Vosges mountains.

Danish cyclist Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig said she was over the moon to be taking part.

“I want it to be July now so we can get stared,” she said actually jumping up and down.

“The Tour de France is a reference and when you say you are a cyclist people ask about that. Now I can say I race the Tour de France,” she said after the presentation.

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Race director Marion Rousse, a former French cycling champion and now a TV commentator, told AFP it would be a varied course that would maintain suspense over the eight days.

“It is coherent in a sporting sense, and we wanted to start from Paris,” she said of the 1,029km run.

“With only eight stages we couldn’t go down to the Alps or the Pyrenees, the transfers would be too long.

“The stages obviously are shorter for the women than for the men’s races. The men can go 225 kilometres. For the women the longest race on our roster is 175km and we even needed special dispensation for that,” she said. “But it’s a course I love.”

Christian Prudhomme, the president of the Tour de France organisers, was equally enthusiastic.

“The fact it sets off from Paris the day the men’s race ends gives the new race a boost because it sets the media up to follow it more easily.

“It also means that with the Tour de France starting on July 1st and the women’s race ending on the 31st, there will be cycling on television every day of July.”

The men’s race is broadcast in around 190 countries.