The official route for the 2016 Tour de France has been announced today in a ceremony held in Paris. The tour runs from Saturday July 2 to Sunday July 24.
Present at the occasion was the 2015 Tour de France sensation from Team MTN-Qhubeka, the Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot. He was seen on the stage with #TDF2015 best nine riders.
According to the new route, the 2016 edition of the Tour de France will cover 3,519kms starting from Mont Saint-Michel on July 2 and finishing in Paris three weeks later.
Despite not having a foreign start as it has done for the past two years with Yorkshire and Utrecht, the race will venture out of France on three separate occasions in 2016.
The Eritrean superstar is expected to run for his African team MTN-Qhubeka in the 2016 edition but under a different name – Team Dimension Data.
The team has been bucking trends ever since its inception. On their first appearance at the Tour de France last year, they became the first African team to compete at the tour, a major milestone in the sport’s history. Now they have firmly established themselves as the fans’ favorites with their attacking style and plucky underdog status.
Success on the road has also allowed the team to complete one of the most talked-about transfers in world cycling. Legendary sprinter Mark Cavendish has joined them for next season, raising their profile immeasurably and adding to the pool of talent and experience available for the home grown riders in the squad to benefit from.
So while it’s clearly the case that they have achieved much for African cycling already, their best days look to be ahead of them.
.@DanielTeklehai1 a déjà choisi son étape / has already chosen his stage: Albertville – St Gervais! #TDF2016 pic.twitter.com/QjI0yAKPaW
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) October 20, 2015