Complete schedule for the 2016 Grand Départ Event


The 2016 Tour de France Grand Départ event in Manche-in-Normandy will take place from the 26th June to the 4th July.  Discover the complete schedule for this sporting event: Grand Départ Stage, opening of Reception and Media Centres in Saint-Lô, Team presentation ceremony in Sainte-Mère-Église and three first Tour de France stages !


> Sunday 26 June > Saturday 2 July
> Wednesday 29 June > Sunday 3 July
> Thursday 30 June > Monday 4 July


Grand Départ Stage on Sunday 26 June 2016


The Grand Départ Stage is a long cycling ride open to all.  It will take place on June 26 and offer three cycle trail options to discover the roads used by the 2016 Tour de France edition.

  • Cycle trail 1 : Mont-Saint-Michel / Utah Beach / Carentan

This route is 189 kilometres long and follows the exact same trail as Tour de France Stage 1 departing on 2nd July.  Recommended for expert cyclists!

Departure:  from 7am to 9am.

  • Cycle trail 2 : Lessay / Utah Beach / Carentan

This more manageable 80-kilometre cycle trail will enable amateur cyclists to discover a section of the roads used by the Tour.

Departure:  from 11am to 1pm.

  • Cycle trail 3 : Montebourg / Utah Beach / Carentan

This third trail is 40 kilometres shorter.  Touring along the Channel coastline, you will discover the D-Day landing beaches.

Departure:  from 12:30 noon to 13:30pm.


Interested? You wish to register?
Visit the Grand Départ Stage web section to find all the information on the Grand Départ Stage.


Reception and Media Centres to open on Wednesday 29 June 2016


The Tour Reception Centre and the International Media Centre will open on 29 June 2016 at the Equestrian Centre in Saint-Lô, i.e. the flagship arena located in Manche-in-Normandy’s Horse Capital City.


Team Presentation Ceremony on Thursday 30th June 2016


The Team Presentation Ceremony for this 103rd Tour de France edition will be held on 30th June at Sainte-Mère-Église.  It will open around 6:30pm and last for about 2 hours. Accessible to all:  some 15,000 to 20,000 people expected !

> More on the Team Presentation Ceremony.


Stage 1 of Tour de France on Saturday 2nd July


Stage 1 of Tour de France will launch out from Mont-Saint-Michel on 2nd July, ending in Utah Beach.  This 189-kilometre stretch of road will follow along a lengthy section of the Channel coastline, offering racers as well as roadside audience the opportunity to admire the splendour of landscapes!

The peloton will leave around 12:20 noon, to arrive in Utah Beach between 5pm and 5:30pm.

> Details of Stage 1 route.
> Stage 1 timetable (tentative schedule).


Stage 2 of Tour de France on Sunday 3rd July 2016


Stage 2 of 2016 Tour de France starts on 3rd July from Saint-Lô, ending in Cherbourg-Octeville. All in all, cyclists will ride 182 kilometres, with the first major hurdle upon arrival: the ascension of Glacerie Hill.
Departure will be around 12:40 noon, to arrive between 5pm and 5:30pm.

> Details of Stage 2 route.
> Stage 2 timetable (tentative schedule).


Stage 3 of Tour de France on Monday 4th July 2016

Third and last Stage in Manche departs from Granville, arriving in the town of Angers, in Maine-et-Loire.
Departure will be around 11:45am.

> Details of Stage 3 route.
> Stage 3 timetable (tentative schedule).


Tour de France Manche-in-Normandy : 500 planned projects and events !


The Manche district, and Normandy generally, will be in a flurry of activities for more than a week! A multitude of community groups, sports clubs, festival committees and teaching establishments plan to offer bike-related festivities. Nearly 500 celebratory events are listed so far !