On 2 July 2016, fans of cycling will focus their gaze to the Mont-Saint-Michel where the 103rd edition of the Tour de France will start. Spread over 21 stages and running through a total of 3519 km, the 198 riders from 22 teams will cross France, Andorra and Switzerland before arriving in Paris on 24 July.
In the pack, three Luxembourgers will compete for the yellow jersey: Ben Gastauer will fight for the AG2R-La Mondiale team, whereas Fränk Schleck will fight for his Trek-Segafredo team. This is the latter's 9th participation in the Tour and the 3rd for Ben Gastauer.
Over the Tour's history, four Luxembourgish cyclists have won the Tour de France.
- François Faber (1909)
- Nicolas Frantz (1927 and 1928)
- Charly Gaul, 'The Angel of the Mountains' (1958), and more recently
- Andy Schleck (2010)
Many others have won stages or donned the yellow jersey. More recently Kim Kirchen, Andy Schleck and Fränk Schleck.
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu)