Britain’s two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome believes the route for the 2016 race is perfect for him to claim a historic hat-trick.
The course for the 103rd edition of the race was announced in Paris on Tuesday.
The 21 stages feature 28 categorised climbs, visits to Andorra, Spain and Switzerland, and two time trials.
“I think it’s a great course. It really challenges every aspect of cycling – time trials, mountains, a technical descent,” the Team Sky rider said.
“It’s such an amazing, special race, I’m still 30 years old and feel I have a lot left in my legs.
“(Next year’s course) will suit me better,” he added, in reference to the two time trials that total 33.5 miles, a big increase on the one short individual time trial that featured in this year’s race.