The biggest and arguably most difficult cycling event in the world begins in the first week of July and runs for the most part of the month ending on Sunday, July 24th. Twenty-two teams will participate in the 2016 edition of the Tour de France. All of the eighteen UCI WorldTeams were automatically invited, and obliged, to attend the race. On the second day of March, this past winter, the organizers of the Tour, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), announced the four second-tier UCI Professional Continental teams given wildcard invitations.
The 2016 Tour De France will see the first stage on Saturday, July 2nd running every day but two (rest days) till the final stage that takes place on Sunday, July 24th 2016.
The 103th running of the Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,519 kilometers.
9 flat stages
1 hilly stage
9 mountain stages including 4 summit finishes (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson et Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc)
2 individual time trial stages
2 rest days
A quick look at some of the bullet-points for the 103rd running of the Tour de France will also 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).
The points accumulated in the biggest cycling event in all Europe, and the world, is most notably recognizable by the green jersey — which is rewarded to the leader of the points classification. Points will be given at the finishes of each race stage as well as at an intermediate sprint on every normal stage.
There is also the notable polka dot jersey which is worn by the leader of best climbers classification. Points will be given out at the top of mountains and hills and at the 4 mountain-top finishes (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson and Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc).
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