Tour de France 2016 dates & rumors

© letour.frSo far only the first three stages for the Tour de France 2015 have been announced. For those of you who can’t wait until the official announcement on October 22nd we have been on the lookout for rumors on the following stages. We know that the race will start in the Netherlands with the first two stages and continue onto Belgium for another two before arriving in France. Once in France, the race will go through northern France, followed by 3 stages in Brittany. It will then continue towards the Pyrenees and onto the Alps.

Tour de France dates & rumored cities


stage date start finish
1 07/04 Utrecht (NL) Utrecht (NL)
2 07/05 Utrecht (NL) Neeltje Jans (NL)
3 07/06 Anvers (BE) Liège or Huy (BE)
4 07/07 Seraing (BE) Cambrai
5 07/08 Amiens
6 07/09 Abbeville Le Havre
7 07/10 Livarot Fougères
8 07/11 Rennes Mûr-de-Bretagne
9 07/12 Vannes Plumelec
R1 07/13 Rest day in Pau
10 07/14 Tarbes Arette La Pierre Saint-Martin
11 07/15 Pau Lourdes
12 07/16 Lannemezan Plateau de Beille
13 07/17 Revel or Castres Rodez
14 07/18 Rodez Mende – Montée Jalabert
15 07/19 Mende Valence
16 07/20 Bourg-de-Péage or Valence Gap
R2 07/21 Rest day in Gap/Digne-les-Bains
17 07/22 Digne-les-Bains Pra-Loup
18 07/23 Gap Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne or La Toussuire
19 07/24 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne La Toussuire
20 07/25 Modane L’Alpe d’Huez
21 07/26 Paris Champs-Elysées

Notable stages

One of the rumors for the choice of Pra-Loup as a stage finish is to commemorate Eddy Merckx’s defeat in 1975. Merckx dominated the Tour de France from 1969 to 1974, in 1975 on the stage that went from Nice to Pra-Loup Merckx’s had a healthy lead but overestimated his strength and attacked with 63 kilometres to go. On the climb to the ski station at Pra-Loup  he suddenly went into slow motion out of exhaustion and the lead was taken by Bernard Thevenet. Merckx carried on valiantly to Paris to finish second.

Alpe d’Huez seems to be back on the route, the ski resort tends to appear on alternate years and it offers a classic summit finish. But there has been talk of a summit finish on the Col de la Bonette, 2,715 metres above sea level, that would make it the highest ever finish on the Tour de France. The current record for the highest finish being the Col du Galibier.

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