2016 Tour de France, a world-class sporting event
Outstanding Sporting event, the Tour de France is known worldwide. Broadcasted in 190 countries, it is the third largest sporting event in the world following the Olympic Games and the World Cup.
It attracts many spectators along the roads and numerous viewers every year, which enjoy the sport performances as well as the beauty of the scenery.
Grand Départ of Tour de France in Normandy
The Manche department has already hosted 23 previous editions but this time it will be its first time hosting the Grand Départ 2016.
On June 30 2016, the Tour is officially opened during the presentation of the team ceremony which takes place in Sainte-Mère-Eglise. The public is welcome to attend but it will also be broadcated on TV.
Stage 1 : Mont-Saint-Michel > Utah Beach
02 July 2016 – 188km
Normandy history is strongly represented during this stage as it starts at le Mont-Saint-Michel, Marvel of the Western World which is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, 13 centuries old, and finishes at the D-day landing beach of Utah Beach, with its 70 years of freedom.
Stage 2 : Saint-Lô > Cherbourg en Cotentin
03 July 2016 – 182 km
The route will wind along an extensive stretch along the Manche coastline and the wind could play a major role. First challenge, before reaching Cherbourg cyclists will have to climb the hill of La Glacerie. Three uphill kilometres will lead to the crowning of an energetic racer who will have made an escape at the right time during this struggle.
At only 15 minutes from Cherbourg, the Anse du Brick campsite is best located for those who wish to attend the event and experience the emotion of the finish line.
Stage 3 : Granville > Angers
04 July 16 – 222 km
The last stage in La Manche starts at Granville, a seaside resort town close to the Channel Islands, and leave the department to reach the city of Angers in Maine-et-Loire.
No fundamental difficulties to report on this stage, but there will be revenges to be taken for the beaten sprinters of the first day !
A challenging race
- 9 flat stages
- 1 hilly stage
- 9 mountain stages including 4 summit finishes (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson et Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc)
- 2 individual time trial stages
- 2 rest days
The Tour de France is a sport competition offering lots of challenges. According to their strategy, the riders could aim to win the stage victory, the Yellow Jersey (leader of the general individual time classification), the Green Jersey (leader of the points classification) … or the Most Aggressive rider prize.
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