This year's Tour de France route might be too hilly, says race organiser

The Tour de France's race director Thierry Gouvenou says organisers may consider less mountainous routes following this year’s race

The peloton on stage eight of the 2016 Tour de France. Photo: Graham Watson

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The Tour de France race director Thierry Gouvenou has said that the 2016 edition of the race might actually be too hilly.

Speaking to Cycling Weekly from the race’s first rest day in the mountainous principality of Andorra, Gouvenou said that this year’s race, which includes nine mountain stages and an uphill time trial, would act as an augur for future Tours when determining how many mountains to include.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.