It was the news of the day on Monday 28 September: London had said "no" to the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2017! We knew that there were different candidates in Germany and the city Düsseldorf voted a bit less than 3 weeks ago for the organisation of the Grand Départ of the 104th edition of the Grande Boucle.
The official announcement of the location of the Grand Départ has still not been done however, but that's quite normal, for 2016 the Grand Départ in the Manche department was only announced on 24 November as well.
Other cities are willing to organise this same Grand Départ ... or one of the next ones!
The Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2017 in Düsseldorf (Germany)?
Last Friday, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, solutions crédits) was rewarded with a prize as the winner of the Coupe de France PMU 2015 (a calendar which gathers 16 one day races in France). After 2012 with Samuel Dumoulin, who also won it in 2013 for the AG2R La Mondiale team, and Julien Simon last year - this prize thus remains in the Cofidis team.
During the prize award ceremony night organised by the French National Cycling League at the Hippodrome of Vincennes (in collaboration with the PMU as a sponsor), velowire.com created some videos, of the prize award ceremony itself and an interview with Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, solutions crédits), but also quite some photos of the main actors of the Coupe de France PMU 2015. You'll discover all of them in this article!
The prize award ceremony of the Coupe de France PMU 2015
This Tuesday, the race route of the Tour de France 2016, 103rd edition of the Grande Boucle, has been officially presented at the Palais des Congrès by Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.). A race route of 21 stages including 2 individual time trials of which one uphill, which will require the riders who want to be on the top step of the podium to show a good performance during almost the whole Tour!
A nice race route, with quite a lot of new things, that's what A.S.O. offers us for 2016. Let's now discover it in detail!
Christian Prudhomme: "quite a few changes into perspective"!