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2016 Tour de France Grand Depart awarded to Manche

I know we are still in the process of digesting the detail of the 2015 Tour de France route, but the Grand Depart for 2016 has been announced and racing fans are in for a treat.

I know, I know. We are still basking in the glory of the 2014 Grand depart from our shores and here were are looking a year and a half ahead. 

Utrecht, we are told, is a cycling mad city and will provide the perfect host for the start of the 2015 edition of the Tour de France. However, kind of under the radar, ASO have revealed the Grand Depart for 2016 already and its a belter!

Manche is the wonderfully diverse and hilly part of Brittany/Normandy around Avranches, St Malo and the Mont St Michel. 

British holidaymakers, myself and my family included, flock to the area in the summer for the lovely beaches and traditional French stone towns and villages. These wonderful little places are connected by tree lined avenues and straight roads through agricultural areas giving the ideal view of rural, scenic France.

The full stage routes will be revealed at the Mont St Michel on 9th December, but early rumours are suggesting a coastal stage into Cherbourg. 

The thought of some early Tour echelons forming along those windy coast roads is really exciting and this could be one of the most spectacular and successful Grand Departs in the history of the Tour... just don't tell a Yorkshireman I said that.


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