A return to Mont Ventoux , detours into Andorra and Switzerland and a mountain time trial are the headline features of the 2016 Tour de France route.
Unveiled at the Palais des-Congres, the full route for the 103rd edition of the race also includes a 37km individual time trial in the second week but does not feature any cobbles.
Organisers ASO had already confirmed the race would roll out from Mont-Saint-Michel on Saturday July 2, in the Manche department of Normandy, which hosted an individual time trial in 2013.
This time, however, like in 2013 and 2014, the race will start with a 188km road stage where the sprinters will vie for the opportunity to pull on the first yellow jersey – potentially offering Britain’s 26-time stage winner Mark Cavendish the chance to finally wear the maillot jaune.
The race spends three days in Normandy, including a hill-top finale on stage two in Cherbourg, before heading south.
A summit finish at the Le Lioran ski resort on stage five is then set to provide an early form finder for the climbers ahead of the true mountain tests to come.