2016 Tour de France to start in Normandy

Tour de France returns to a 'home' start in 2016, hosted by the Manche department, Normandy

Chris Froome on stage eleven of the 2013 Tour de France

(Image credit: Watson)

The 2016 Tour de France will begin in the country's northwest, in the Manche department of Normandy. It will mark a return home after two years abroad in Yorkshire in 2014 and in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 2015.

Organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) confirmed the start on Monday. In over 100 years, since it began in 1903, the race has never pushed off from the department.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.