While the UCI announced 15 teams which had been qualified to receive a "UCI WorldTeam" licence for 2015 early December, allowing those teams to participate in the UCI WorldTour race, the status of the Astana and Europcar teams remained to be confirmed.
The UCI promissed to provide the answer on 10 December latest and that's what they finally did late Wednesday night when we discovered that the Astana team was rewarded the licence while that's not the case for the Europcar team! Therefore, we'll have only 17 teams in the first division in 2015 and not 18 as usual.
The UCI WorldTeams (apparently the new name of the first division teams) obtain a licence for one or several years and these licences are awarded based on sports, financial, ethical and administrative criteria, kno ...
It's been quite a while since it was first rumoured and it had been confirmed by the organisor on 25 November already, the Tour de France 2016 will have its Grand Départ in the Manche departement.
Rapidly after that official announcement it became clear that the first stage will start at the foot of the Mont-Saint-Michel, well known touristical spot in the department, and today all the other details fo the Grand Départ have been announced.
The details of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2016
At the Mont-Saint-Michel a press conference was organised early this afternoon, with Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour de France and of cycling at A.S.O. (Amaury Sport Organisation) and Jean-François Le Grand, the president of the Conseil Général de la Manche announcing all the details.