The Tour de France will not start with an individual time trial this year. Bad luck for the time trial specialists, but more chances for the sprinters to be the first to wear that yellow jersey. The French don’t ever forget to present us a ‘grande’ start, and so the start will be in the Normandy, on the Mont Saint-Michel. That does ring a bell. In 2013, a time trial in the Tour de France was held here too. Tony Martin was the one that won the stage and got the flowers near the abbey.
The start of the Tour will be nearby the abbey. The French call it ‘the wonder of the Western world’. Almost three million people visit the island every year. Not only to catch a glimpse of the old abbey, but also because of the high tides and the magnificent view all over the entire bay.
© Philippe Chérel (Quest-France)
The first stage is full of culture and history. The finish will be at Utah Beach. This beach is known for its landing of the American soldiers on the 6th of June, 1944. The landing on the sector of Utah beach is one of the most succesful allied beaches in the Normandy. Although many soldiers died during D-Day, it was the beginning of the end of the second World War. The organisation of the Tour de France does not want to forget the importance of this day and the freedom we live in since that day. It will be a flat stage, most likely it will turn out in a sprint. Or one of the American riders should go before the sprinters and win on his own. What a salute would that be to all those who have fallen for us.