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Tour de France 2016: Stage times, schedule, standings, results and more

Chris Froome will try to defend his yellow jersey across one of the tougher Tour de France routes in years. Here's how and when to watch.

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The 2016 Tour de France was one of the hardest and most competitive editions of the race in years. This year’s Grand Boucle featured 56 categorized climbs, including the treacherous and iconic Mont Ventoux and Col du Tourmalet. Chris Froome defnded his yellow jersey against cycling’s next generation of riders — including Nairo Quintana, Adam Yates, Daniel Martin and Fabio Aru.

The Tour began at picturesque Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy and worked its way down to the Pyrenees, over to the Alps, and back up for the traditional finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 24.

Quintana was expected to give the stiffest challenge to Froome’s hegemony. The diminutive Colombian had finished No. 2 to Froome twice at the Tour de France. He took an innocuous third place, however, finishing lower on the podium than France's Romain Bardet.

Route

Map courtesy of Le Tour’s official site:

Map of the route for the 2016 Tour de France.

The Tour de France will be in Normandy for Stages 1 and 2 before moving south. On July 6, the Tour will be firmly in the mountains with a quick trip to the Massif Central before moving on to the Pyrenees beginning July 8 on Stage 7. Riders will be introduced to the Alps on Bastille Day with arguably the hardest climb of the Tour: Mont Ventoux. From there, they’ll squirrel the Alps, with a visit to Switzerland, before finishing up in Paris on July 24.

Standings

General Classification Top 10 (Yellow Jersey)

1. Chris Froome - 89h 04'48"

2. Romain Bardet + 4'05"

3. Nairo Quintana + 4'21"

4. Adam Yates + 4'42"

5. Richie Porte + 5'17"

6. Alejandro Valverde + 6'16"

7. Joaquim Rodriguez + 6'58"

8. Louis Meintjes + 6'58"

9. Daniel Martin + 7'04"

10. Roman Kreuziger + 7'11"

Points Classification Top 5 (Green Jersey)

1. Peter Sagan - 425 points

2. Marcel Kittel - 228 points

3. Michael Matthews - 199 points

4. Andre Greipel - 178 points

5. Alexander Kristoff - 172 points

Mountains Classification Top 5 (Polka Dot Jersey)

1. Rafal Majka - 209 points

2. Thomas de Gendt - 130 points

3. Jarlinson Pantano - 121 points

4. Ilnur Zakarin - 84 points

5. Rui Costa - 76 points

Schedule

Check out Podium Cafe’s viewing guide for a look at every stage of the Tour de France, and Podium Cafe’s mountain guide for a preview of the biggest climbs.

July 2: Stage 1 -- Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, 188 km

Stage type: Flat

Official profile

Stage results:  Mark Cavendish outdueled the favored Marcel Kittel in a heads-up sprint to Utah Beach. Contador took a nasty spill midway through the stage but was able to finish with the peloton. Full recap.

1. Mark Cavendish

2. Marcel Kittel

3. Peter Sagan

4. Andre Greipel

5. Edward Theuns

6. Christophe Laporte

7. Bryan Coquard

8. Alexander Kristoff

9. Daniel McLay

10. 6 riders + 3"

July 3: Stage 2 -- Saint-Lô to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, 183 km

Stage type: Hilly

Official profile

Stage results: Cavendish lost a lot of time and gave way to Peter Sagan, who outsprinted Julian Alaphilippe down the stretch. Sagan took control of the yellow jersey for the first time in his career as another Etixx-QuickStep competitor gave up a lead late. Full recap.

1. Peter Sagan

2. Julian Alaphilippe

3. Alejandro Valverde

4. Daniel Martin

5. Michael Matthews

6. Wilco Kelderman

7. Tony Gallopin

8. Greg Van Avermaet

9. Bauke Mollema

10. Christopher Froome

July 4: Stage 3 -- Granville to Angers, 223.5 km

Stage type: Flat

Official profile

Stage results: A straightforward, drama free day until the finish, when Mark Cavendish barely edged Andre Greipel at the line to win in Angers.

1. Mark Cavendish

2. Andre Greipel

3. Bryan Coquard

4. Peter Sagan

5. Edward Theuns

6. Sondre Holst Enger

7. Marcel Kittel

8. Christophe Laporte

9. Daniel McLay

10. Dylan Groenewegen

July 5: Stage 4 — Saumur to Limoges, 237.5 km

Stage type: Flat

Official profile

Stage results: Several riders had a chance at the lead in the final kilometer, but the finish was as close as possible with Marcel Kittel edging Bryan Coquard by an extremely narrow margin, mirroring the razor close finish from Monday.

1. Marcel Kittel

2. Bryan Coquard

3. Peter Sagan

4. Dylan Groenewegen

5. Alexander Kristoff

6. Sondre Holstenger

7. Daniel McLay

8. Mark Cavendish

9. Samuel Dumoulin

10. Simon Gerrans

July 6: Stage 5 — Limoges to Le Lioran, 216 km

Stage type: Hilly/Mountain

Official profile

Stage results: Greg Van Avermaet soloed away from Thomas de Gendt in the final 17 kilometers of a surprisingly tough climbing day to take the yellow jersey from Peter Sagan and lead a Grand Tour for the first time in his long career. Full recap.

1. Greg Van Avermaet

2. Thomas de Gendt + 2'34"

3. Rafal Majka + 5'04"

4. Joaquim Rodriquez + 5'04"

5. Daniel Martin + 5'07"

6. Bartosz Huzarski + 5'07"

7. Julian Alaphilippe + 5'07"

8. Adam Yates + 5'07"

9. Chris Froome + 5'07"

10. Tejay Van Garderen + 5'07"

July 7: Stage 6 — Arpajon-sur-Cère to Montauban, 190.5 km

Stage type: Hilly

Official profile

Stage results: Mark Cavendish earned his second stage win of the 2016 Tour de France with a clever sprint past Marcel Kittel. There were no big shakeups on the general classification. More importantly, the Tour made it to Stage 7 without any abandonments.

1. Mark Cavendish - 4h 43'48"

2. Marcel Kittel

3. Daniel McLay

4. Alexander Kristoff

5. Christophe Laporte

6. Peter Sagan

7. Dylan Groenewegen

8. Edward Theuns

9. Bryan Coquard

10. Shane Archbold

Pyrenees start

July 8: Stage 7 -- L'Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle, 162.5 km

Stage type: Mountain

Official profile

Stage results: Stephen Cummings soloed the entire Col d'Aspin to win his second stage ever at the Tour de France and secure the fourth win for Dimension Data in seven tries. Late in the race, the 1-kilometer to go banner deflated, affecting the peloton and injuring Orica-BikeExchange's Adam Yates. Full recap.

1. Stephen Cummings - 3h 51'58"

2. Daryl Impey + 1'05"

3. Daniel Navarro + 1'05"

4. Vincenzo Nibali + 2'14"

5. Greg Van Avermaet + 3'04"

6. Luis Angel Mate + 4'29"

7. Geraint Thomas + 4'29"

8. Wouter Poels + 4'29"

9. Gorka Izaguirre + 4'29"

10. Alejandro Valverde + 4'29"

July 9: Stage 8 — Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon, 184 km

Stage type: Mountain

Official profile

Stage results: Chris Froome attacked on the descent of the final climb, and won the first decisive stage of the Tour de France to put himself in the yellow jersey. Full recap.

1. Chris Froome - 4h 57'33"

2. Dan Martin + 13"

3. Joaquim Rodriguez + 13"

4. Romain Bardet + 13"

5. Rom Kreuziger + 13"

6. Fabio Aru + 13"

7. Adam Yates + 13"

8. Alejandro Valverde + 13"

9. Bauke Mollema + 13"

10. Richie Porte + 13"

July 10: Stage 9 — Vielha Val d'Aran / Andorre Arcalis, 184.5 km

Stage type: Mountain

Official profile

Stage results: Tom Dumoulin soloed away to win the first mountain top finish of the 2016 Tour de France, and win his first ever Tour stage as rain and hail pounded the road. Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey, but couldn't pull away when he attempted an attack, setting up a tight, protracted general classification battle. Full recap.

1. Tom Dumoulin - 5h 16'24"

2. Rui Costa + 38"

3. Rafal Majka + 38"

4. Daniel Navarro + 1'39"

5. Winner Anacona + 1'57"

6. Thibaut Pinot + 2'30"

7. George Bennett + 2'48"

8. Diego Rosa + 2'52"

9. Mathias Frank + 3'44"

10. Adam Yates + 6'35"

July 11: Rest Day — Andorra

July 12: Stage 10 — Escaldes-Engordany to Revel, 197 km

Stage type: Hilly

Official profile

Stage results: Michael Matthews won a quiet stage, out-sprinting Peter Sagan after both took part in a six-man breakaway. Sagan took the green jersey back from Mark Cavendish, nonetheless. There was little change at the top of the general classification (Chris Froome still in yellow), nor at the top of the mountains classification despite a Category 1 climb to start the day (Thibaut Pinot still in polka dots).

1. Michael Matthews - 4h 22'38"

2. Peter Sagan

3. Edvald Boasson Hagen

4. Greg Van Avermaet

5. Samuel Dumoulin

6. Daryl Impey + 2"

7. Luke Durbridge + 1'10"

8. Damiano Caruso + 3'01"

9. Gorka Izagirre + 3'10"

10. Tony Gallopin + 3'10"

July 13: Stage 11 -- Carcassonne to Montpellier, 162.5 km

Stage type: Flat

Official profile

Stage results: Peter Sagan won a tense day of racing through crosswinds. Perhaps more importantly, he had Chris Froome right on his wheel. The defending Tour champion made another clever move to finish second and solidify his grasp on the yellow jersey even more. Full recap.

1. Peter Sagan - 3h 26'23"

2. Chris Froome

3. Maciej Bodnar

4. Alexander Kristoff + 6"

5. Christophe Laporte + 6"

6. Jasper Stuyven + 6"

7. Edvald Boasson Hagen + 6"

8. Andre Greipel + 6"

9. Sondre Enger + 6"

10. Oliver Naesen + 6"

July 14: Stage 12 — Montpellier to Mont Ventoux, 184 km

Stage type: Mountain

Official profile

Stage results: A crash at the end of the stage took out Chris Froome, who began running up Mont Ventoux trying to preserve any time he could. He lost the yellow jersey provisionally, but organizers ruled he could keep it because his fall was very much not his fault. Full recap.

1. Thomas de Gendt - 4h 31'51"

2. Serge Pauwels + 2"

3. Daniel Navarro + 14"

4. Stef Clement + 40"

5. Sylvain Chavanel + 40"

6. Bert-Jan Lindeman + 2'52"

7. Daniel Teklehaimanot + 3'13"

8. Sep Vanmarcke + 3'26"

9. Chris Sorensen + 4'23"

10. Bauke Mollema + 5'05"

July 15: Stage 13 — Bourg-Saint-Andéol to La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, 37.5 km

Stage type: Flat time trial

Official profile

Stage results: Tom Dumoulin won his second stage of the Tour de France with a dominant time trial. Chris Froome likely won himself the Tour de France by finishing second. Full recap.

1. Tom Dumoulin - 50'15"

2. Chris Froome + 1'03"

3. Nelson Oliveira + 1'31"

4. Jerome Coppel + 1'35"

5. Rohan Dennis + 1'41"

6. Bauke Mollema + 1'54"

7. Geraint Thomas + 2'00"

8. Jon Izagirre + 2'02"

9. Tony Martin + 2'05"

10. Steve Cummings + 2'24"

July 16: Stage 14 — Montélimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux, 208.5 km

Stage type: Flat

Official profile

Stage results: Mark Cavendish led the pack of sprinters as they came through the final 3 km of the stage. The win is Cavendish's fourth of the Tour. With about 200 meters to go, Marcel Kittel jumped into the lead on the sprint, but Cavendish trailed right behind and passed on the left before swerving to the right. Kittel, clearly agitated, threw his hand in the air as Cavendish slid into first and took the win.

1. Mark Cavendish - 5h 43'49"

2. Alexander Kristoff

3. Peter Sagan

4. John Degenkolb

5. Marcel Kittel

6. Andre Greipel

7. Bryan Coquard

8. Davide Cimolai

9. Christophe Laporte

10. Samuel Dumoulin

July 17: Stage 15 — Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz, 160 km

Stage type: Mountain

Official profile

Stage results: Jarlinson Pantano won his first career stage, catching Rafal Majka on a technical descent down from the Lacets du Colombier on the first big climbing stage of the Alps. The GC battle was a stalemate, though the difficulty of the stage appeared to take a toll on the riders. Full recap.

1. Jarlinson Pantano - 4h 24'29"

2. Rafal Majka

3. Alexis Vuillermoz + 6"

4. Sebastien Reichenback + 6"

5. Julian Alaphilippe + 22"

6. Serge Pauwels + 25"

7. Pierre Rolland + 25"

8. Ilnur Zakarin + 1'30"

9. Daniel Navarro + 1'30"

10. Tom-Jelte Slagter + 2'08"

July 18: Stage 16 — Moirans-en-Montagne to Bern, 209 km

Stage type: Hilly

Official profile

Stage results: Peter Sagan beat Alexander Kristoff in a photo finish in Bern, Switzerland. For most of the day, Etixx-Quick Step teammates Julian Alaphilippe and Tony Martin were at the front of the pack, but the high-powered breakaway couldn't quite hold out. Full recap.

1. Peter Sagan - 4h 26'02"

2. Alexander Kristoff

3. Sondre Holst Enger

4. John Degenkolb

5. Michael Matthews

6. Fabian Cancellara

7. Sep Vanmarcke

8. Maximiliano Richeze

9. Edvald Boasson Hagen

10. Greg Van Avermaet

July 19: Rest Day — Bern

Alps start

July 20: Stage 17 — Bern to Finhaut-Emosson, 184.5 km

Stage type: Mountain

Official profile

Stage results: Ilnur Zakarin won his first career Tour stage on one of the hardest days of this year's race. Chris Froome strengthened his hold on the yellow jersey by following the wheel of former teammate Richie Porte up to Finhaut-Emosson. Nairo Quintana got dropped, losing nearly 30 seconds to the man he was supposed to challenge for the yellow jersey. Full recap.

1. Ilnur Zakarin - 4h 36'33"

2. Jarlinson Pantano + 55"

3. Rafal Majka + 1'26"

4. Kristjian Durasek + 1'32"

5. Brice Feillu + 2'33"

6. Thomas Voeckler + 2'46"

7. Domenico Pozzovivo + 2'50"

8. Stef Clement + 2'57"

9. Steve Morabito + 4'38"

10. Richie Porte + 7'59"

July 21: Stage 18 — Sallanches to Megève, 17 km

Stage type: Hilly time trial

Official profile

Stage results: Chris Froome all but sealed up the yellow jersey, winning Thursday's mountain time trial by 21 seconds over Tom Dumoulin. Full recap.

1. Chris Froome - 30'43"

2. Tom Dumoulin + 21"

3. Fabio Aru + 33"

4. Richie Porte + 33"

5. Romain Bardet + 44"

6. Thomas de Gendt + 1'02"

7. Jon Izagirre + 1'03"

8. Joaquim Rodriguez + 1'05"

9. Louis Meintjes + 1'08"

10. Jerome Coppel + 1'10"

July 22: Stage 19 — Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, 146 km

Stage type: Mountain

Official profile

Stage results: Romain Bardet soloed away up the final climb to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc to win the first stage for France at the 2016 Tour. Chris Froome was scraped up in a crash from the summit of Montee de Bisanne, but survived relatively intact after taking Geraint Thomas' bike. Full recap.

1. Romain Bardet - 4h 14'08"

2. Joaquim Rodriguez + 23"

3. Alejandro Valverde + 23"

4. Louis Meintjes + 23"

5. Nairo Quintana + 26"

6. Fabio Aru + 28"

7. Daniel Martin + 28"

8. Wout Poels + 36"

9. Chris Froome + 36"

10. Richie Porte + 53"

July 23: Stage 20 — Megève to Morzine-Avoriaz, 146.5 km

Stage type: Mountain

Official profile

Stage results: Jon Izagirre won from the breakaway to seal the general classification portion of the 2016 Tour de France. Chris Froome rode cautiously to finish in yellow, giving him his third Tour title in four tries. Full recap.

1. Jon Izagirre - 4h 06'45"

2. Jarlinson Pantano + 19"

3. Vincenzo Nibali + 42"

4. Julian Alaphilippe + 49"

5. Rui Costa + 1'43"

6. Roman Kreuziger + 1'44"

7. Wilco Kelderman + 49"

8. Joaquim Rodriguez + 3'24"

9. Daniel Martin + 4'12"

10. Romain Bardet + 4'12"

July 24: Stage 21 — Chantilly to Paris Champs-Élysées, 113 km

Stage type: Flat

Official profile

Stage results: Andre Greipel got his first stage win of the 2016 Tour de France, at last. Chris Froome sipped champagne and celebrated his third yellow jersey with his Sky teammates. Full recap.

1. Andre Greipel - 2h 43'08"

2. Peter Sagan + 0"

3. Alexander Kristoff + 0"

4. Edvald Boasson Hagen + 0"

5. Michael Matthews + 0"

6. Jasper Stuyven + 0"

7. Ramunas Navardauskas + 0"

8. Christophe Laporte + 0"

9. Sam Bennett + 0"

10. Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg + 0"

How to watch

The Tour de France will once again air primarily on NBCSN in the United States, with select stages possibly appearing on NBC as well. Broadcasts typically pick racing up roughly two hours into each stage.

Those who don’t get NBCSN can order a subscription to NBC Sports Gold for $30. The package includes ad-free streaming of each stage.