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The 2016 “La Grande Boucle” began on July 2 on the island of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy and concluded on the one of the most famous boulevards in the world, the Champs-Élysées, on July 24. In between the beginning and the end of the 2016 edition, the 174 finishers battled the crosswinds, the rolling hills of the Massif Central, the Pyrenees, the hailstorm in Andorra, the smooth cobblestones of Fabian Cancellara’s hometown of Berne, the Alps, but above all each other.
The race made multiple excursions outside of its homeland, having stages in Spain, Andorra, and Switzerland. The two rest days did not take place in France, but in the mountainous country of Andorra and the beautiful city of Berne, Switzerland along the pristine Lake Thun.
The Tour wouldn’t be the Tour without drama and there was plenty in 2016. From Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) crashing heavily on stage one to the multiple photo finishes to the chaos on the famed Mont Ventoux. Don’t forget the incredibly slow pace on stage three and the hailstorm in Andorra or the maillot vert and maillot jaune going on an unprecedented attack in the crosswinds.
Chris Froome (Team Sky) was victorious and joined the illustrious club of riders who have won the Tour three or more times, etching his name alongside the legends of the sport. The 2016 Tour saw Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) turn back the clock and notch-up four stage wins and world champion Peter Sagan don the maillot jaune. The lists goes on and on.
Check out our full array of stories and galleries from the 2016 Tour de France here.
Want a momento of the 103rd edition of Tour de France? Have a look at these limited edition prints by Massif Central. They’re a work of art: