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Running from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2016, the 103rd Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,519 kilometres. The tour will visit three neighboring countries: Spain, the Principality of Andorra and Switzerland.

Individual time-trials return in style to the 2016 Tour de France with a total of 54 kilometres divided into two sequences: 37 between Bourg-Saint-Andéol (stage 13) and La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc and 17 between Sallanches and Megève (stage 18).

Time bonuses will once again be given at the finishes of normal stages. The bonuses will be of 10, 6 and 4 seconds for the first three of each stage.

Total Distance
10-12 million

Tour is over - Alex signs off...

And so the dust has now settled on the 2016 edition of the Tour De France, culminating in a third victory for Chris Froome and surely the finest ever all-round performance by GB riders, which could well put us in a good position for the Olympic road race & TT, not forgetting Cavendish's crack at getting a medal back on the track.

Stage 19 was full of incident yet didn't really alter all that much - The French had something to shout about with Romain Bardet escaping on the descent off Mont Blanc to get a few extra seconds and climb the GC into second overall. Froome ended up on his arse again but luckily for him his teammates were on hand this time to lend him one of their bikes then proceeded to get him back into the front group so not to lose time of any real consequence.

On to Stage 20 where Movistar and Quintana seemed to admit defeat, letting Ion Izagierre off the leash to attack over the top of the Col de Joux Plane to take the spoils on the day. The wet roads seemed to calm down the more aggressive riding meaning that by the end of the day all the jerseys were decided.

So finally the race rolled into Paris for the traditional photo calls and the small matter of the sprint finish, which was duly won by Andre Greipel ahead of Sagan. Sagan took the Green jersey without any real threat from anyone and there doesn't even seem to be anyone on the horizon that could challenge him for picking up the same honour next year. Adam Yates was hugely impressive throughout the race and clinched the White Jersey and Rafal Majka picked up a second Polka Dot jersey of his career. This just left Chris "Froome-Dog" Froome to get his third Yellow Jersey as winner of the Tour after being spotted breaking the rules and using his mobile phone whilst riding. Bad dog.

Chris "Froome-Dog" Froome now joins an elite list of Tour riders that have been given stupid nicknames. His ill-fitting moniker is now etched into the cycling history books alongside some of the all time greats. In these aforementioned history books (which are kept in the UCI's top secret vault in the tunnels beneath an un-named Swiss lake) you will also find Eddy Merckx, known as the Cannibal. How did he get this rather threatening nickname? Well, it's often wrongly cited as being inspired from the way he ate up all challengers, but this is wrong. It comes from when he was misheard on a telephone interview when he was explaining that he used to be a human cannonball. Belgian interest in the circus waned in the early sixties which led Eddy "The Cannonball" Merckx having to find a new career.

Then there's Bernard "The Badger" Hinault, the seemingly permanently angry little, alleged double-crosser of the 70's & 80's. The story behind his nickname is much shorter and simpler. Bernard Hinault is a carrier of Bovine TB. Many farmers want to exterminate Bernard to stop him from infecting their cattle, which is rumoured to be the cause of his legendary bad temper.

And what of Raymond Poulidor?... The man who finished in the top three of the Tour De France on 8 occasions without ever winning or ever wearing the Yellow Jersey. Some call him "the Eternal Second" but the French refer to him as "Pou-Pou." This translates into English as "Poo-Poo". Adding insult to injury, the harsh French cycling fans gave him a nickname to eternally show their disappointment in his inability to win their race. Nevermind Raymond, they could have called you Poo-Dog.

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Stage 21 - Summary

Best of Tour de France 2016



Stage 21 - Top 10 (24th July - Chantilly / Paris Champs-Élysées - 113 km)

# Rider Country Team Time
1 André Greipel Germany Lotto Soudal 02h 43' 08''
2 Peter Sagan Slovakia Tinkoff + 00' 00''
3 Alexander Kristoff Norway Team Katusha + 00' 00''
4 Edvald Boasson Hagen Norway Team Dimension Data + 00' 00''
5 Michael Matthews Australia Orica-BikeExchange + 00' 00''
6 Jasper Stuyven Belgium Trek - Segafredo + 00' 00''
7 Ramunas Navardauskas Lithuania Cannondale Drapac Team + 00' 00''
8 Christophe Laporte France Cofidis, Solutions Credits + 00' 00''
9 Sam Bennett Ireland Bora-Argon 18 + 00' 00''
10 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg South Africa Team Dimension Data + 00' 00''

Overall - Top 10

# Rider Country Team Time
1 Christopher Froome Great Britain Team Sky 89h 04' 48''
2 Romain Bardet France AG2R La Mondiale + 04' 05''
3 Nairo Quintana Colombia Movistar Team + 04' 21''
4 Adam Yates Great Britain Orica - BikeExchange + 04' 42''
5 Richie Porte Australia BMC Racing Team + 05' 17''
6 Alejandro Valverde Spain Movistar Team + 06' 16''
7 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver Spain Team Katusha + 06' 58''
8 Louis Meintjes South Africa Lampre - Merida + 06' 58''
9 Daniel Martin Ireland Etixx - Quick Step + 07' 04''
10 Roman Kreuziger Czech Republic Tinkoff + 07' 11''

The Route

Stage Type Date Start / Finish Distance
1 Flat 2nd July Mont-Saint-Michel / Utah Beach 188 km
2 Flat 3rd July Saint-Lô / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin 183 km
3 Flat 4th July Granville / Angers 223.5 km
4 Flat 5th July Saumur / Limoges 237.5 km
5 Mountain 6th July Limoges / Le Lioran 216 km
6 Flat 7th July Arpajon-sur-Cère / Montauban 190.5 km
7 Mountain 8th July L'Isle-Jourdain / Lac de Payolle 162.5 km
8 Mountain 9th July Pau / Bagnères-de-Luchon 184 km
9 Mountain 10th July Vielha Val d'Aran / Andorre Arcalis 184.5 km
- Rest day 11th July Andorre / Andorre -
10 Hilly 12th July Escaldes-Engordany / Revel 197 km
11 Flat 13th July Carcassonne / Montpellier 162.5 km
12 Mountain 14th July Montpellier / Mont Ventoux 184 km
13 Time trial 15th July Bourg-Saint-Andéol / La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc 37.5 km
14 Flat 16th July Montélimar / Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux 208.5 km
15 Mountain 17th July Bourg-en-Bresse / Culoz 160 km
16 Flat 18th July Moirans-en-Montagne / Berne 209 km
- Rest day 19th July Berne / Berne -
17 Mountain 20th July Berne / Finhaut-Emosson 184.5 km
18 Time trial 21st July Sallanches / Megève 17 km
19 Mountain 22nd July Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc 146 km
20 Mountain 23rd July Megève / Morzine-Avoriaz 146.5 km
21 Flat 24th July Chantilly / Paris Champs-Élysées 113 km


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