Tour de France organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) has announced that Andorra will be part of the 2016 edition of the cycling race.
The Tour peloton will have a three-day stay in the Principality, with a stage finish, a rest day and a stage start. The cycling showpiece will return seven years after its last visit in 2009, when Frenchman Brice Feillu culminated a long breakaway at the summit of Andorra-Arcalís. It will be the Tour's fifth stopover in Andorra, after the ones in 1964, 1993, 1997 and 2009.
This year’s Vuelta a España will also visit Andorra for three days, during the second week of the race. Stage 11 has been dubbed the ‘queen stage’ of the 2015 Vuelta and will be held on September 2.
ASO last month confirmed that the 2016 Tour will begin at Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, one of the country's most famous tourist attractions. The tour will start at the foot of the abbey on July 2 in the department of the Manche with a 188km stage to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, one of the landing beaches for the Allied forces on D-Day during World War II in 1944. The second stage will run for 182km from Saint-Lo to Cherbourg-Octeville.
The entire route of the 2016 Tour de France will be revealed on October 20 in Paris.