One of the stages of Tour de France will take place in Andorra in 2016. In the course of negotiations representatives of the Government of Andorra and Tour de France Executive Committee came to a decision to bring the race back to Andorra in 2016. The stage of Tour de France-2016 will last in Andorra for three days (arrival, departure and a rest day). Last time, Andorra was a site for the most famous race in the world in 2009. For the first time, Tour de France took place in Andorra in 1964, next in 1993 and 1997.
Although, despite the fact that the official decision was made, neither the exact date nor race route, nor information about during which of the three weeks the race will take part was not realized. It is only known that the competition will be hold in July. The race route will be confirmed by October 20, 2015. «Even though, we do not know anything about the race route, it is unmistakable that Andorran stage will be separate, maybe final, because the Principality is situated on high altitude », announced the director of Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme. He said that the beauty of Andorran landscapes was not the last what influenced the decision.
«We are always very happy when Tour de France stages take place in Andorra. It is a very important event for mass media all around the world and it raises the profile and tourism appeal of the country at maximum », – stated the Minister of tourism of Andorra, Francesc Camp.
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