The cream of the pro cycling peloton have had their say on the challenging but balanced 2016 Tour de France route unveiled in Paris on Tuesday (October 20).
Nine mountain stages, including detours into Andorra and Switzerland, four summit finishes, and two individual time trials (one rolling, one mountain) have been worked into the route for the race which rolls out from the shadow of Mont-Saint-Michel on Saturday July 2.
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Defending champion Chris Froome is licking his lips at the prospect of a return to Mont Ventoux – scene of his stunning stage victory in 2013 – while rivals Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana are also pleased with the parcours awaiting them in 2016.
And it’s not just the GC men with plenty to ponder either, with 26-time stage winner Mark Cavendish set to be a part of Dimension Data’s Tour squad – and the prospect of a yellow jersey up for grabs on the opening stage.
So what can we expect from next year’s race? Here’s what the pros had to say…