Tour de France 2016
Tour de France 2016

Tour de France 2016

The iconic Grand Tour takes place annually in July

The race of all races

The Tour de France is the most prestigious of the Grand Tours and takes place annually in July.

First held in 1903 and popular with sports fans and tourists alike, the 2016 race promises to be as spectacular, gruelling and epic as ever.

Before the riders approach the finish line on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, they must endure three weeks of neck-and-neck sprints, individual time trials, sweaty climbs and dizzying descents. And all for the glory of wearing the yellow jersey - the maillot jaune!

Stages of the Tour de France 2016 

This year’s Tour de France takes place from 2 July to 24 July and covers 21 challenging stages, including two rest days. Its first three stages are hosted by Dép. Manche in the Normandy, before the route continues to the south and east of France. Riders also tackle race days in three of its neighbouring countries –   Spain, Andorra and Switzerland – before the 3,519 km long stage race ends traditionally at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

As with the Giro d'Italia, we have all 21 stages ready for you. Follow the progress of the Tour de France day by day with our detailed routes!

All routes and maps of the Tour de France 2016

Stage 1:  Saint-Michel - Utah Beach

{Saturday, 2 July}

The Grand Départ of the 103rd Tour de France sets off dramatically from the rocky island of Mont-Saint-Michel, connected to the mainland by a bridge. The 188 km long route stays close to the English channel before finishing at Utah Beach, the site of the Allied Normandy landings.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 1: 188 km Mont Saint-Michel - Utah Beach
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 1: 188 km Mont Saint-Michel - Utah Beach

Roz-sur-Couesnon, Brittany Region, France
195km 660m 710m

Stage 2: Saint Lô - Cherbourg-Octeville

{Sunday, 3 July}

A hilly stage which starts in Saint Lô and finishes in Cherbourg. The harbour city is no stranger to the Tour de France, as it has hosted stages 17 times before. The closing climb to the top of Côte de la Glacerie is up to 14% steep: prepare for excitement!

Tour de France 2016 Stage 2: 182 km Saint Lô - Cherbourg-Octeville
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 2: 182 km Saint Lô - Cherbourg-Octeville

Saint-Lô, Normandy, France
188km 1,460m 1,390m

Stage 3: Granville - Angers

{Monday, 4 July}  

The last stage to start in the northern Manche Département before the race heads south. This is the first of the three longest stages of this year's Tour de France. After 222 km, today's finish is in Angers in the province of Anjou. 

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Stage 4: Saumur - Limoges

{Tuesday, 5 July}  

Sprinters will shine along this 232 km long flat stage through the beautiful Haute-Vienne region. The final ascent coming into Limoges will present a strenuous challenge after the longest stage of the race.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 4: 232 km Saumur - Limoges
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 4: 232 km Saumur - Limoges

Saumur, Pays de la Loire Region, France
233km 1,280m 1,000m

Stage 5: Limoges - Le Lioran

{Wednesday, 6 July}  

Stage 5 leads across three mountain tops to the ski resort Le Lioran in the Massif Central. Prepare for some hard climbs and a downhill battle at the end.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 5: 216 km Limoges - Le Lioran
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 5: 216 km Limoges - Le Lioran

Limoges, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, France
221km 3,450m 2,430m

Stage 6: Arpajon-sur-Cère - Montauban

{Thursday, 7 July}  

Stage 6 doesn't appear particularly challenging at first glance, but all its rolling hills are sure to exhaust the sprinters and might have some surprises in store.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 6: 187 km Arpajon-sur-Cère - Montauban
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 6: 187 km Arpajon-sur-Cère - Montauban

Arpajon-sur-Cère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
195km 1,720m 2,210m

Stage 7: L'Isle Jourdain - Lac de Payolle

{Friday, 8 July}  

A Pyrenées stage with a suspenseful downhill finish at Lac de Payolle. Everything is likely to be decided on the few kilometers after Col d'Aspin.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 7: 216 km L'Isle Jourdain - Lac de Payolle
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 7: 216 km L'Isle Jourdain - Lac de Payolle

Pujaudran, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, France
167km 2,230m 1,270m

Stage 8: Pau - Bagnères-de-Luchon

{Saturday, 9 July}  

Another day, another downhill finish - but several climbs will precede the conclusion of the race in Bagnères-du-Luchon. After the Col du Tourmalet, a tour classic, there is a previously unused ascent to Hourquette d'Ancizan.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 8: 183 km Pau - Bagnères-de-Luchon
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 8: 183 km Pau - Bagnères-de-Luchon

Jurançon, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, France
187km 4,350m 3,890m

Stage 9: Vielha Val d'Aran - Andorre Arcalis

{Sunday, 10 July}  

The most difficult stage of this year's Tour de France packs a real punch with five consecutive passes amounting to 4960 metres of vertical gain. Set just across the border in Spain and Andorra, this day ends with a long climb to Arcalis.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 9: 184 km Vielha Val d'Aran - Andorre Arcalis
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 9: 184 km Vielha Val d'Aran - Andorre Arcalis

Vielha e Mijaran, Catalonia, Spain
192km 4,640m 3,370m

Stage 10: Escaldes-Engordany - Revel

{Tuesday, 12 July}  

After a rest day in Andorra, Stage 10 starts with the climb and descent of Port d'Envalira and takes the racers back onto French territory, all the way to Revel.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 10: 198 km Escaldes-Engordany - Revel
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 10: 198 km Escaldes-Engordany - Revel

Escaldes-Engordany, Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
207km 2,170m 2,990m

Stage 11: Carcassonne - Montpellier

{Wednesday, 13 July}  

A classic sprint stage brings the Tour de France from Carcassonne to Montpellier on its 11th race day.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 11: 164 km Carcassonne - Montpellier
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 11: 164 km Carcassonne - Montpellier

Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, France
171km 1,110m 1,190m

Stage 12: Montpellier - Mont Ventoux

{Thursday, 14 July}  

This stage takes the peloton along a flat route to "the Giant of the Provence", Mont Ventoux. The tense finale is a relentless climb up the 1912 m high "bald mountain" with gruelling steep passages up to 10%.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 12: 184 km Montpellier - Mont Ventoux
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 12: 184 km Montpellier - Mont Ventoux

Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, France
203km 2,670m 810m

Stage 13: Bourg-Saint-Andéol - Vallon Pont d'Arc

{Friday, 15 July}  

The first individual time trial of the Tour de France 2016 takes place on the road overlooking the natural reserve of the Gorges de l'Ardèche. A short climb up to 400 m is followed by a descent into Vallon Pont d'Arc, and rewarded with a stunning panorama.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 13: 37 km Bourg-Saint-Andéol - Vallon Pont d'Arc
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 13: 37 km Bourg-Saint-Andéol - Vallon Pont d'Arc

Bourg-Saint-Andéol, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
38km 660m 450m

Stage 14: Montélimar - Villars-les-Dombes Bird Park

{Saturday, 16 July)

The sprinters will shine in this 208 km long course from south to north, where the Bird Park of Villard-les-Dombes awaits with ponds and lakes, and potentially strong head winds.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 14: 208 km Montélimar - Villars-les-Dombes Bird Park
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 14: 208 km Montélimar - Villars-les-Dombes Bird Park

Montélimar, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
216km 1,610m 1,420m

Stage 15: Bourg-en-Bresse - Culoz

{Sunday, 17 July}  

Stage 15 features six challenging climbs or passes, including two sides of the fearsome Grand Colombier. Finishing with beautiful views near Lac du Bourget above Culoz, this is bound to be a stunning race day.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 15: 159 km Bourg-en-Bresse - Culoz
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 15: 159 km Bourg-en-Bresse - Culoz

Bourg-en-Bresse, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
166km 4,080m 4,080m

Stage 16: Moirans-en-Montagne - Bern

{Monday, 18 July)

Before the Alpine sequence of the Tour, the cyclists tackle a relatively flat stage through the Jura mountains into Swiss valleys and the city of Bern.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 16: 206 km Moirans-en-Montagne - Bern
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 16: 206 km Moirans-en-Montagne - Bern

Moirans-en-Montagne, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France
213km 2,010m 2,090m

Stage 17: Bern - Finhaut-Emosson

{Wednesday, 20 July}

After a rest day in Bern the stage begins with a neutralised ride through the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the old town of the Swiss capital city. A mountainous stage which includes a 1100 m steep climb from Martigny to the Col de la Forclaz and the spectacular artificial mountain lake, Lac d'Emosson.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 17: 184 km Bern - Finhaut-Emosson
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 17: 184 km Bern - Finhaut-Emosson

Bern, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
203km 3,750m 2,350m

Stage 18: Sallanches - Megève

{Thursday, 21 July}  

To mix things up a bit, the final time trial of the Tour de France 2016 will be an uphill route in the French Alps. Taking the Côte de Domancy, these 17 km come with a high difficulty level. 

Tour de France 2016 Stage 18: 17 km Sallanches - Megève
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 18: 17 km Sallanches - Megève

Sallanches, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
17km 650m 110m

Stage 19: Albertville - Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc

{Friday, 22 July}  

A very dynamic stage with Lac d'Annecy, Collet de Tamié, Montée de Bisanne (at 1723 m at an average climb of 8.2 % the highest point of the day) and Côte des Amerands. Iconic peak Mont Blanc will present the scenic backdrop throughout.

Tour de France 2016 Stage 19: 146 km Albertville - Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 19: 146 km Albertville - Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc

Albertville, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
152km 4,030m 3,010m

Stage 20: Megève - Morzin

{Saturday, 23 July}  

On the day before Paris, the peloton is still in the Alps going for the very last mountain stage. After the four impressive climbs of the day, will the race be decided on Col de Joux-Plane and the difficult descent into Morzine?

Tour de France 2016 Stage 20: 146 km Megève - Morzin
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 20: 146 km Megève - Morzin

Megève, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
150km 3,710m 3,810m

Stage 21: Chantilly - Paris Champs-Élysées

{Sunday, 24 July}  

The 113 km grand finale to the Champs-Élysées begins at Château de Chantilly north of Paris. This will mark a final prestigious, exciting day for the sprinters of the Tour de France 2016!

Tour de France 2016 Stage 21: 113 km Chantilly - Paris Champs-Élysées
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Tour de France 2016 Stage 21: 113 km Chantilly - Paris Champs-Élysées

Chantilly, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, France
83km 400m 410m

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