The Tour de France 2016 Itinerary revealed today

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The 2016 Tour de France route has been revealed today in Paris. The 103rd race of the “Grande Boucle” will take place from the 2nd to the 24th July. This will be a great opportunity to discover the beautiful landscapes of France, Spain, Andorra and Switzerland!


The 2016 Tour de France

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On the 2nd July 2016, the 103rd edition of the Tour de France will start in the Unesco-listed site of Mont-Saint-Michel in Western France. The Tour will be 3,519 km long.

The Tour de France will include flat stages in the plains of Western France from Normandy to Limoges.

There will be a few flat and hill stages in the Massif Central. On Bastille Day, the Tour de France will criss-cross the province of Provence from Montpellier to the celebrated Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence.

The riders and their teams will start the first mountain stages in the French and Spanish Pyrenees from Pau to Revel. From Carcassonne, the Tour will then take the direction to Bern, the capital of Switzerland via the Rhône Valley and the Jura mountains.

From Bern, the Tour de France will reach the French Alps, with demanding mountain stages in the Swiss Alps and Savoie.

The finish will take place on Sunday 24th July in the Champs-Élysées, after a flat stage (113 km) between Chantilly and Paris.

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Itinerary Map of the 2016 Tour de France


The 21 stages of the 2016 Tour de France

The 21 stages of the 2016 edition of the Tour de France will take place in four countries: France, Spain, Andorra and Switzerland.

The “Grande Boucle” will criss-cross through 8 French regions: Normandie, Pays-de-la-Loire, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Île de France.

  • 1st stage: Saturday 2 July
  • from Mont-Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
  • Flat stage of 188 km

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  • 2nd stage: Sunday 3 July
  • from Saint-Lô to Cherbourg-Octeville
  • Flat stage of 182 km

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  • 3rd stage: Monday 4 July
  • from Granville to Angers
  • Flat stage of 222 km

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  • 4th stage: Tuesday 5 July
  • from Saumur to Limoges
  • Flat stage of 232 km

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  • 5th stage: Wednesday 6 July
  • from Limoges to Le Lioran
  • Hill stage of 216 km

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  • 6th stage: Thursday 7 July
  • from Arpajon-sur-Cère to Montauban
  • Flat stage of 187 km

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  • 7th stage: Friday 8 July 
  • from L’Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle
  • Mountain stage of 162 km

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  • 8th stage: Saturday 9 July
  • from Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon
  • Mountain stage of 183 km

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  • 9th stage: Sunday 10 July
  • from Vielha Val d’Aran (Spain) to Andorre Arcalis
  • Mountain stage of 184 km

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  • Monday 11 July: Rest Day
  • in Andorra

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  • 10th stage: Tuesday 12 July 
  • from Escaldes-Engordany (Spain) to Revel
  • Mountain stage of 198 km

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  • 11th stage: Wednesday 13 July
  • from Carcassonne to Montpellier
  • Flat stage of 164 km

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  • 12th stage: Thursday 14 July
  • from Montpellier to Mont Ventoux
  • Mountain stage of 185 km

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  • 13th stage: Friday 15 July
  • Bourg-Saint-Andéol to La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc
  • Individual Time Trial of 35 km

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  • 14th stage: Saturday 16 July 
  • from Montélimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux
  • Flat stage of 208 km

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  • 15th stage: Sunday 17 July
  • from Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz
  • Flat stage of 159 km

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  • 16th stage: Monday 18 July
  • from Moirans-en-Montagne to Bern (CH)
  • Flat stage of 206 km

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  • Tuesday 19 July: Rest Day
  • in Bern (CH)

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  • 17th stage: Wednesday 20 July
  • from Bern to Finhaut-Emosson
  • Mountain stage of 184 km

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  • 18th stage: Thursday 21 July
  • from Sallanches to Megève
  • Individual Time Trial of 17 km

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  • 19th stage: Friday 22 July
  • from Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc
  • Mountain stage of 146 km

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  • 20th stage: Saturday 23 July
  • from Megève to Morzine
  • Mountain stage of 146 km

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  • 21th stage: Sunday 24 July
  • from Chantilly to Paris (Champs-Élysées)
  • Flat stage of 113 km

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English-French Vocabulary

(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs

  • Alps = Alpes (f,p)
  • Andorra = Andorre
  • Bern = Berne
  • cyclist = cycliste (m)
  • finish line = ligne d’arrivée (f)
  • individual time trial = contre-la-montre (m)
  • itinerary = itinéraire (m), parcours (m)
  • race = course (f)
  • Spain = Espagne (f)
  • stage = étape (f)
  • Switzerland = Suisse (f)

Find out more about the Tour de France 2016 on the official website.

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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