Tour de France: Mont Saint-Michel to host 2016 Grand DepartComments
The iconic Mont Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy. It’s part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and in 2016 will play host to the Grand depart of the Tour de France.
The 103rd edition of cycling’s most prestigious race will start from western France for the first time since 2011.
Race director Christian Prudhomme was excited about the special start to the 2016 race saying: “It’s part of the World Heritage, the Mont St Michel, and the new Mont St Michel will be as it was centuries ago in one year because it will be possible for the sea and the water to go up to the Mont so it will be something very, very special for the “Grand Depart”.
The first stage in 2016 will take the peloton on a 188-kilometre journey from Mont St Michel to Utah Beach.
The entire route will be unveiled in October.
Meanwhile next year’s edition begins in Utrecht, Netherlands, for the fourth Grand Depart abroad in six years.