A stage by stage look at the route for the Tour de France 2017
Tour de France 2016 route
The 2016 and 103rd edition of the Tour de France route was officially revealed in Paris in October 2015, with its 21 stages between Mont Saint-Michel and Paris including a stage up the legendary climb of Mont Ventoux, as well as two tough looking individual time trials.
Below is a full listing of all the stages including each route profile, as supplied by Tour de France organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO).
Stage 1: Saturday July 2, Mont Saint Michel to Utah Beach – Sainte Marie du Mont, 188km
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) won the first stage of the 2016 Tour de France to Utah Beach and with it, the coveted maillot jaune. The Manxman beat Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) to the line to take his 27th victory at the Tour, keeping him third in the all-time stage winner rankings, one behind Bernard Hinault.
Stage 2: Sunday July 3, Saint Lô to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, 183km
Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) ended his Tour de France stage-winning drought with victory on the tough finale in Cherbourg, swapping his rainbow jersey for this fist ever Tour yellow jersey in the process. It was a difficult day for Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Richie Porte (BMC), who both lost time.
Stage 3: Monday July 4, Granville to Angers, 223.5km
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) claimed his second stage victory of the race, narrowly beating André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) in a photo finish.
Stage 4: Tuesday July 5, Saumur to Limoges, 237.5km
Having looked slightly off the pace on the previous three stages, Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) opened his 2016 Tour account with a win on the tough finish in Limoges that featured a slight rise to the line. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) retained the overall lead.
Stage 5: Wednesday July 6, Limoges to Le Lioran, 216km
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) took a solo victory on stage five to move into the overall race lead by a significant margin: five minutes and 11 seconds to next best rider, Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep). Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) lost more time, and Vinceno Nibali (Astana) slipped right out of the running after finishing eight and a half minutes behind the GC group.
Stage 6: Thursday July 7, Arpajon-sur-Cère to Montauban, 190.5km
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) took his third stage win of the 2016 Tour, sprinting clear of rival Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep). British rider Dan McLay (Fortuneo Vital Concept) put in a strong sprint to finish in third, remarkable given that this is his debut Tour. There was no change overall, with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) keeping the yellow jersey.
Stage 7: Friday July 8, L’Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle, 162.5km
Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) put in a trademark solo attack from the escape group over the Col d’Aspin to net the stage victory, giving Dimension Data (and Britain) its fourth win of the Tour. Race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) also put himself into the day’s escape group and finished fifth to extend his lead in the general classification.
Stage 8: Saturday July 9, Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon, 184km
Chris Froome (Team Sky) pulled off the unexpected by attacking on the descent of the final climb and taking the stage victory and overall lead on day eight. It was day that saw the first rider abandon the Tour and sets Froome up for a defence of his narrow lead on stage nine.
Stage 9: Sunday July 10, Val d’Aran (Spain): Vielha to Arcalis (Andorra), 184.5km
Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) took the stage win in driving rain at Andorra Arcalis, as Chris Froome (Team Sky), Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) finished together to leave the general classification largely unaffected.
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) was forced to retire after a race blighted by crashes and illness.
Rest day 1: Monday July 11, Andorra
Stage 10: Tuesday July 12, Andorra to Revel, 197km
This looked like it could be one for a breakaway, and that’s the way it went. Once the break stuck it was a strong group and so became clear it would stay away to the end. When things broke down towards the end, Orica-BikeExchange found themselves with three in the lead group, and made it count when Michael Matthews took the stage win.
The GC top 10 remained unchanged, and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) put himself back in the green jersey.
Stage 11: Wednesday July 13, Carcassonne to Montpelier, 162.5km
The stage did not go as we expected, and certainly not how the sprinters would have wanted. Crosswinds played havoc with the bunch, causing splits and echelons.
The decisive move of the day came when Peter Sagan and Tinkoff teammate Maciej Bodnar went off the front and were then joined – possibly to everyone’s surprise – by Team Sky duo Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas.
It looked like they might just ride away and gain a huge time advantage, but in the end Froome got just six seconds of a gap by the finish, and a bonus of a further six seconds thanks to his second place behind Sagan.
Stage 12: Thursday July 14, Montpellier to Mont Ventoux , 184km
A chaotic finish to stage 12 saw Chris Froome (Sky) lose and then regain the race lead after an incident with a motorcycle and the huge crowds packing the side of the roads. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) won the stage, which had been shortened due to extremely high wins at the summit of Mont Ventoux.
Stage 13: Friday July 15, Bourg Saint Andéol to La Caverne du Pont d’Arc, 37.5km ITT
Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) obliterated the opposition in the Tour’s long time trial, placing over a minute ahead of second-placed Chris Froome (Team Sky). However, Froome was well ahead of his GC rivals and extended his overall lead. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) moved up to second overall as Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) slipped to third.
Stage 14: Saturday July 16, Montélimar to Villars-les-Dombes, 208.5km
The general classification stayed unchanged, but surely won’t be the case over the next few stages in the mountains.
Stage 15: Sunday July 17, Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz, 160km
Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling) won from a breakaway as Fabio Aru (Astana) was the only contender to really challenge race leader Chris Froome in the mountains.
Froome was having none of it, though, crossing the line in the main group with all of his rivals. The Team Sky leader did work through all but one helper by the finish line, however.
Stage 16: Monday July 18, Moirans-en-Montagne to Bern (Switzerland), 209km
The technical finish, involving cobbled climbs and twisting roads, whittled down the pack but many of the big name sprinters were still present.
Rest day 2: Tuesday July 19, Bern, Switzerland
Stage 17: Wednesday July 20, Bern to Finhaut-Emosson (Switzerland), 184.5km
Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) won the stage solo but the main battle was going on further down the mountain.
In the end Chris Froome (Team Sky) extended his lead in the GC over everyone except Richie Porte (BMC Racing), whose wheel he followed in familiar style up to the finish line. Porte looked strong on the climb and a good showing on tomorrow’s uphill time trial could see his podium ambitions realised.
Quintana was one of the big losers of the day as he had no answer for the moves of Porte and Froome, and his chances of a podium finish suffered.
Stage 18: Thursday July 21, Sallanches to Megève, 17km ITT
The top 6 remained unchanged in order but the time gaps differed to the start of the stage. Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) in third place gained slightly on second placed Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), but also lost time to some of those behind him.
Places two to six are separated by just 68 seconds so even if the overall win seems like a done deal, the fight for a podium place should provide some entertainment over the last two competitive stages.
Stage 19: Friday July 22, Albertville to Saint-Gervais-Mont Blanc, 146km
Chris Froome (Team Sky) minimised his losses on the stage after a crash on the wet final descent. But it was Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) who finished the day happiest, as he won the stage after a late attack and moved up to second in GC. Froome remains over four minutes ahead in the maillot jaune, while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has replaced Britain’s Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) in third.
Stage 20: Saturday July 23, Megève to Morzine, 146.5km
Wet conditions caused the group of GC contenders including race leader Chris Froome (Sky) to proceed with caution throughout the final mountains stage, including up and down the Col de Joux Plane. With only the processional stage into Paris remaining, Froome has all but sewn up his third Tour title.
Jon Izaguirre (Movistar) won the stage from the day’s escape group.
Stage 21: Sunday July 24, Chantilly to Paris Champs-Élysées, 113km
A fast and furious finale to the 2016 Tour de France saw German powerhouse André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) take his customary stage win at the Tour, beating green jersey winner Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) to the line in Paris. Chris Froome (Sky) finished safely just behind the bunch to secure his third Tour overall title.