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Normandy: A great start for Le Tour 2016
Normandy: A great start for Le Tour 2016
But there's no need to be racing to enjoy this beautiful area!
 
For visitors to Normandy in summer 2016, you can take advantage of an annual spectacular event, " The Tour de France 2016", or you can re-trace some of the routes at your own pace once the dust has settled. Normandy is a fascinating region of France with both ancient and modern history, renowned food and drink and some enchanting scenery. For cyclists, the quiet country lanes make for a great destination to discover by bike, and what better way then to follow in the tracks of the world famous Tour de France!
 
The Grand Depart 2016 stages: 
 
This Summer, France's passion for cycling takes hold with the 103e Tour.
 
From Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 24th July 2016,  comprising of 21 grueling stages, covering a distance of 3,519 kilometers, the Tours riders will exhibit feats of endurance, tests of skill, tactics and teamwork, on their Tour of France.
 
From 2nd to the 4th July 2016,  known as the "Grand Depart", the cavalcade of cyclists and their entourages will pass through some of the most famous tourist attractions and picturesque areas of Lower Normandy for the first 3 stages of the race.
 
The first stage, on 2nd July will start off from the enigmatic Mont St Michel, moving across the Cotentin Peninsula to end up at one of the historic D-Day landing beaches, the famous Utah Beach.
 
Stage 1 Mont St Michel - Utah Beach 188km
 
Starts at Mont St Michel up to Avranches along the coast taking in St Jean le Thomas, Carolles, Jullouville, St Pair Sur Mer, Granville, Brehal St Martin, Bricqueville sur Mer Montmartin sur Mer and up to Creances, then over to Lessay then across to Ste. Mere Eglise and finishing at Utah Beach.
 
 
 
The second stage on Sunday 3rd July is to be a north to south journey across Normandy with the riders heading south from Cherbourg to St.Lo.
 
Stage 2 Saint - Lo to Cherbourg en Cotentin - 182km
 
The route goes through Percy and Hambye - both of which are about 7 to 8 kms from us, up to Coutances, then from Lessay again it will follow the coastal route, Port Bail, Carteret (Cap de Carteret) then across the top to Cherbourg.
 
The third stage sees the seaside resort of Granville playing host on the 4th July. From here, the Tour leaves Normandy to continue its voyage through Central and Southern France, before its grand finish on the 24th in Paris.
 
Stage 3 Granville - Angers 222km
 
Starting at Granville it will go through Beauchamps and Champrepus 4-5 kms from us then Villedieu les Poeles down to St.Hilaire du Harcouet and then out of Normandy into Angers.
 
 
To follow the event, stages news and developments, visit the Tour's official site at  http://www.letour.fr or the Normandy or - www.tourdefrance-manche.fr
 
Content provided by Sandra Wright, owner of "Flowerpots" Chambres d'hotes in Normandy - www.bandbnormandy.info

Web Link: www.letour.fr