Uphill time trial could decide 2016 Tour de France as route favours climbers

A total of 28 mountain passes in the route of the 2016 Tour de France should see the yellow jersey battle come down to the strongest climbers

Chris Froome on Mont Ventoux, stage 15 of the 2013 Tour de France (Photo: Graham Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

A 17km uphill time trial between Sallanches and Megève on stage 18 could prove the decisive moment of the 2016 Tour de France, but the excitement is set to remain until the end with several mouthwatering stages in the Alps.

After just 13.8km of individual time trialling in the 2015 edition, the 2016 race will see two stages against the clock, with 54km in total, but the race will favour a rider who is strong in the mountains once again.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.