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Guide to the Tour de France 2016

Tour de France 2016 news: Greipel wins Stage Twenty-One, Hosking wins La Course

24th July 2016

André Greipel

André Greipel, by Nicola, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

André Greipel won Stage 21 on the Champs-Elysées today, coming round Alexander Kristoff, to cross the line first. Froome finished safely, to confirm his overall win. Earlier, Chloe Hosking won the women's race, La Course. Read about Greipel wins Stage 21, Tour de France 2016.

Stages of the Tour de France 2016

Stage 21, Tour de France 2016: Chantilly to Paris

Chris Froome in Paris on the 2013 Tour de France 

Chris Froome in Paris during the 2013 Tour de France, by Eric Salard, Flickr, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Stage 21 is the traditional final stage of the  Tour de France, with the GC already settled, and a prestigious stage win on the Champs-Elysées at stake. The riders start north of Paris in Chantilly, and wend their way to the outskirts of the city, before crossing the Seine to the Bois de Boulogne, then entering Paris via the Porte Maillot. They pass the Arc de Triomphe, and descend via place de l'Alma and place Concorde to the Louvre. Here, they begin 8 complete tours of the finishing circuit, up the Champs-Elysées, and back down to the Louvre via place de l'Alma. The ninth time over the line (part way up the Champs-Elysées) is the important one, which will determine the stage winner. Read about Stage 21, Tour de France 2016.

Grand Départ 2016

The 2016 Tour de France begins at Mont St Michel, in the Manche département of France. 

Tour de France 2016 news

Tour de France 2016 news: Izaguirre wins Stage Twenty, Froome assured of overall win

23rd July 2016

Ion Izaguirre

Ion Izaguirre, by Katie Chan, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Ion Izaguirre won Stage 20 today, on a descent from the Col de Joux Plane to Morzine. Chris Froome finished safely with his teammates and the other favourites, to make certain of victory in Paris tomorrow. Read about Izaguirre wins Stage 20, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: Bardet wins Stage Nineteen, Froome falls

22nd July 2016

Romain Bardet

Romain Bardet, by Laurie Beylier, Flickr, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Romain Bardet scored an impressive victory on a summit finish at Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc le Bettex today. On a dramatic day, he got a gap on the last descent, and overhauled Rui Costa on the final climb, holding off the yellow jersey group. Read about Bardet wins Stage 19, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: Froome wins Stage Eighteen

21st July 2016

Chris Froome during the 2013 Tour de France

Chris Froome, by denismenchov08, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Chris Froome won the mountain ITT in Megève today. Tom Dumoulin, who raced much earlier, set a time which nobody was able to beat except for the yellow jersey from Team Sky. Read about Froome wins Stage 18, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: Zakarin wins Stage Seventeen

20th July 2016

Ilnur Zakarin

Ilnur Zakarin, by Dacoucou, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

On a summit finish at Finhaut Emosson, in the Swiss Alps, Ilnur Zakarin won the stage. In the GC race, Riche Porte attacked near the end, and Froome finished on his wheel. Adam Yates was a few seconds back, but put time into Mollema and Quintana. Read about Zakarin wins Stage 17, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: Sagan wins Stage Sixteen

18th July 2016

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan, by Chris Doelle, Flickr, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

On a stage which saw a long breakaway by Tony Martin and Julian Alaphilippe on the rolling roads of the Jura and into Switzerland, the race came back together for the finish in Bern. An uphill stretch before the final kilometre made this a race for the strong men, and Peter Sagan was the best of those remaining at the end. Read about Sagan wins Stage 16, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: Jarlinson Pantano wins Stage Fifteen

17th July 2016

Jarlinson Pantano

Jarlinson Pantano, by bert de boer, Licence CC BY 2.0

On a tough stage in the Jura, with six categorised climbs, the race came down to sprint between the two strongest breakaway riders - Rafal Majka and Jarlinson Pantano. Pantano came round Majka for the win. Read about Jarlinson Pantano wins Stage 15, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: Cavendish strikes again on Stage Fourteen

16th July 2016

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish in his HTC Colombia days, by Brendan Rankin, Flickr, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

After a long slog up the Rhône valley into the Mistral, Stage 14 came down to a bunch sprint, and Cavendish popped off Kittel's wheel and round him to win. Read about Cavendish strikes again on Stage 14, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: Dumoulin wins Stage Thirteen

15th July 2016

Tom Dumoulin, Tour de France 2015, Utrecht

Tom Dumoulin - Tour de France 2015, by Rob Schleiffert, Flickr, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Tom Dumoulin won Stage 13 today, an individual time trial in the Ardèche. His time of 50min15 was 1min03 faster than second-placed Chris Froome. Read about Dumoulin wins Stage 13, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: de Gendt wins Stage Twelve

14th July 2016

Thomas de Gendt

Thomas de Gendt, by denismenchov08, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Thomas de Gendt won a shortened Stage 12 of the Tour de France 2016 at Chalet Reynard, short of the summit of Mont Ventoux. Behind de Gendt, there was utter farce in the GC battle, when the leading trio of favourites - Porte, Froome, and Mollema - were brought down by a motorbike which had to stop right in front of them, in big Mont Ventoux crowds. Read about de Gendt wins Stage 12, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: Sagan wins Stage Eleven

13th July 2016

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan, by Chris Doelle, Flickr, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Peter Sagan won Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2016 in Montpellier today. This flat stage was affected by crosswinds. Tinkoff applied the pressure at the front, and a group of four including Sagan and Froome made a break, and held it to the line, with Sagan the fastest at the end. Read about Sagan wins Stage 11, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: Michael Matthews wins Stage Ten

12th July 2016

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews, Orica-BikeExchange, in the 2014 Giro d'Italia, by PaoNu, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Michael Matthews won Stage 10 of the Tour de France 2016 in Revel today. The breakaway was down to seven men near the end of the stage, and Matthews outsprinted the others, who included Peter Sagan and Edvald Boasson Hagen. Read about Matthews wins Stage 10, Tour de France 2016.

Tour de France 2016 news: Dumoulin wins Stage Nine

10th July 2016

Tom Dumoulin riding for Giant Alpecin

Tom Dumoulin, by Dacoucou, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Tom Dumoulin won Stage 9 of the Tour de France 2016 this afternoon. He was in the day's breakaway, and he attacked at the foot of the final climb, then time trialed his way to the summit finish at Andorra Arcalis, in apocalyptic rain and hail. Read about Dumoulin wins Stage 9, Tour de France 2016...

Tour de France 2016 news: Froome wins Stage Eight

9th July 2016

Chris Froome

Chris Froome, after cycling through the Eurotunnel, by Jaguar MENA, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Chris Froome won Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2016 this afternoon, reaching the top of the final climb, the Col de Peyresourde, first, and attacking off the top, getting a gap, and holding it to the line in Bagnères-de-Luchon. Read about Froome wins Stage 8, Tour de France 2016...

Tour de France 2016 news: Cummings wins Stage Seven

8th July 2016

Steve Cummings

Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) in the 2015 Tour de France, by youkeys, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) scored a brilliant solo victory on Stage 7 of the Tour de France 2016 this afternoon. He was in the day's breakaway, then forged ahead on his own, extending his lead up the Col d'Aspin, and descending the final 7km to Lac de Payolle without incident. Read about Cummings wins Stage 7, Tour de France 2016...

Tour de France 2016 news: Cavendish wins Stage Six

7th July 2016

Mark Cavendish riding for Dimension Data

Mark Cavendish riding for Dimension Data, by Iggy, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Mark Cavendish won Stage 6 of the 2016 Tour de France this afternoon, his third win of the race so far. The break was caught with 22km to go, and from that moment a bunch sprint looked certain. Kittel was second, and Dan McClay third. Read about Cavendish wins Stage 6, Tour de France 2016...

Tour de France 2016 news: van Avermaet wins Stage Five

6th July 2016

Greg van Avermaet

Greg van Avermaet, by Jérémy-Gunther-Heinz Jahnick, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Greg van Avermaet won Stage 5 of the 2016 Tour de France this afternoon. On the climbs towards the end of the stage, he dropped all his breakaway companions, and rode strongly to the finish. Van Avermaet takes the yellow jersey. Read about van Avermaet wins Stage 5, Tour de France 2016...

Tour de France 2016 news: Kittel wins Stage Four

5th July 2016

Marcel Kittel

Marcel Kittel in the colours of his former team, Giant Alpecin, by Brian Townsley, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Marcel Kittel won Stage 4 of the 2016 Tour de France this afternoon, his first win in this year's race. In an uphill sprint in away from the river in Limoges, Kittel hit the front late, and just held off Bryan Coquard. Read about Kittel wins Stage 4, Tour de France 2016...

Tour de France 2016 news: Cavendish wins Stage Three

4th July 2016

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish in his HTC Colombia days, by Brendan Rankin, Flickr, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Mark Cavendish won Stage 3 of the 2016 Tour de France this afternoon, making it two out of three in this year's race. In an uphill sprint in Angers, Cavendish got on André Greipel's wheel, and just - only just - managed to come round the German, in a photo finish. Read about Cavendish wins Stage 3, Tour de France 2016...

Tour de France 2016 news: Sagan wins Stage Two

3rd July 2016

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan, by Chris Doelle, Flickr, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Peter Sagan won the second stage of the 2016 Tour de France in an uphill sprint in Cherbourg this afternoon. He beat Julian Alaphilippe, Alejandro Valverde, and Dan Martin. Alberto Contador and Richie Porte both lost time. Read about Sagan wins Stage 2, Tour de France 2016...

Tour de France 2016 news: Cavendish wins Stage One

2nd July 2016

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish in his HTC Colombia days, by Brendan Rankin, Flickr, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Mark Cavendish won the first stage of the 2016 Tour de France in a bunch sprint at Utah Beach, on the Channel coast in Normandy, this afternoon. He beat Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan, and André Greipel. Read about Cavendish wins Stage 1, Tour de France 2016...

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