Organisers of the 2016 Tour de France have revealed another challenging route during the official race presentation in Paris this week.
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Tour director Christian Prudhomme said the route for the three-week tour included 28 high-categorised climbs, four mountaintop finishes and several stages that ended in a technical descent off a challenging climb.
“The tour is always for the climbers,” said Prudhomme.
The 15.7km Mont Ventoux, with a gruelling 8.8 per cent gradient, will host the finish of stage 12 on Bastille Day, while Mont Blanc will also loom large in the event.
Although there are two individual time-trials of 37km and 17km respectively, the shorter route will also favour the climbers as it includes 15km of ascending.