Tour de France 2016 preview: Grand Départ and week one (video)

The Tour de France 2016 kicks off on Saturday July 2. Here we preview the opening stage and the first week of the 103rd edition of the race
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In the latest preview video, we look ahead to the Grand Départ and first week of the 2016 Tour de France, which starts on Saturday July 2.

Beginning at Mont-Saint-Michel and finishing near Utah Beach 188km later, the opening stage is expected to be a battle of the sprinters. Riders such as Marcel Kittel, André Greipel and Mark Cavendish will be looking to pull on the first yellow jersey of this year’s race.

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However, the coastal roads and likelihood of crosswinds could split the bunch and leave some riders the wrong side of a gaping time gap. This scenario will prove even more detrimental if an overall contender finds themselves with a time deficit after just one stage.

By stage five the climbers and GC contenders will be on the nose of the peloton as the stage finishes on a climb. Tiny compared to the mountains to come it could still bring the favourites out to test their legs.