Tour de France 2016 to start in Manche

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THE 2016 Tour de France will re­turn home for its “Grand De­part,” start­ing in the wind-bat­tered Manche re­gion. Manche, in north-western France, has wel­comed the Tour 23 times from 1911 to 2013, when an in­di­vid­ual time trial was held be­tween Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel, one of the coun­try’s most fa­mous tourist at­trac­tion. Next year’s race will be­gin in the Dutch City of Utrecht. This year, it got un­der­way in York­shire, where mil­lions of spec­ta­tors lined the windy roads of north­ern Eng­land.

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