Tour de France to visit Andorra in 2016

The Tour will pass through Andorra for the fifth time in 2016.

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Tour de France officials have announced the race will visit Andorra for a fifth time in its history next year.

Le Tour will begin at the foot of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy on July 2 2016, and it will pass through the principality that lies locked between France and Spain as it winds its way towards the finish in Paris.

A statement from race organisers said:

The peloton of the Grande Boucle will stay three days in the principality, with a stage finish, a rest day and a stage start.

The Tour de France has previously been through Andorra in 1964, 1993, 1997 and 2009. The full route for the 2016 race is to be unveiled in Paris on October 20 this year.

– Statement from Tour de France organisers

Froome to open 2015 season in Spain

Chris Froome.

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Chris Froome, who is training in South Africa, has revealed he will begin his 2015 season at the Ruta del Sol in Spain in February.

The Team Sky leader said: "I've enjoyed my time off, and now I am concentrating on preparing myself mentally and physically for the season ahead.

"I've started training in the warm weather in South Africa where I have been able to get some decent miles in on the bike."