The Tour de France 2016 in Normandy
In 2016, from 2nd to 4th July, with the Grand Départ at the foot of the iconic Mont-Saint-Michel, the Tour de France will then travel through the Manche area with stops at Utah Beach, Saint-lô, Cherbourg and will set out from Granville on 4th July.
Grand Départ from the Mont-Saint-Michel on 2nd July 2016
The second stage will take place in the Manche as well from Saint-Lô to Cherbourg, riding along the Côte des Isles in the Cotentin peninsula and will leave Granville on 4th July.
Plus a full week of free festive events throughout the Manche county in the villages and towns crossed by the cyclists from 26th June to 4th July 2016.
* Utah Beach is one of the 5 D-day Landing Beaches
The Manche in pictures
From the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay to the Cotentin Peninsula, from Granville and its fortified headland to the Chausey Islands (the largest archipelago in Europe) together with the Channel islands, the cliffs of the Nez de Jobourg, the picturesque ports of Barfleur and Port-Racine, the Hatainville dunes, the Island of Tatihou, Cherbourg and the longest artificial roadstead in the world, the Mortain waterfalls, Villedieu-les-Poêles and its famous copper bells, Saint-Lô and its national stud, the Regional Nature Park of the Cotentin-Bessin marshes… you'll be spoilt for choice in the Manche!