Tour de France 2016 to start in Manche

PARIS (AP) — The 2016 Tour de France will return home for its “Grand Depart,” starting in the wind-battered Manche region.

Manche, in northwestern 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.

Organizers said details of the 2016 start will be announced on Dec. 9 in Mont-Saint-Michel.