A Sporting Summer in France

May 13, 2016

It’s set to be a sporty summer in France this year, with a range of events sure to thrill and entertain all fans!

Football’s European Championships are taking place all around the country, and we’ve already posted a blog with a guide to the host cities. If you haven’t read it, then check it out here!

But there’s plenty more happening than just the European Championships, and we decided to compile a list of some of the biggest sporting events right here for you, should you fancy a break from the footy!

Monaco Grand Prix

Probably the most famous motorsport race in the world, with the possible exception of Le Mans or the Indy 500, the Monaco Grand Prix stands alone in the sport which birthed it, a true one-off. The Monaco Grand Prix takes incredible technical skill and ability and is the race which every driver dreams of winning, and the legendary names who have won the course need no introduction. Ayrton Senna currently holds the record with 6 wins, while Michael Schumacher has won 5 and Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart both 3.

Taking place from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 June, the race starts with practise runs and qualifying heats, as well as races from before the main event on Sunday.

French Open

The French Open, also known as the Roland-Garros tournament, is one of tennis’s most prestigious titles. From 16 May – 5 June, the world’s best tennis players will compete against each other in a knock-out tournament to claim the trophy held by reigning champions Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams.

Tickets are still available for matches at the Roland-Garros, despite the fact that it starts so soon, so if you’re interested in watching some of the greats go at it on a clay surface, then now is the time to book!

Tour de France

Le Tour is the most famous cycling event in the world, and every year welcomes the best cyclists in the world to test their skills across a route which takes in France and neighbouring countries. British viewers are sure to pay extra attention this year, since the reigning champion is our very own Chris Froome!

Le Tour’s opening day, or the Grand Depart as it is known, takes place on 29 June in La Manches, and the race will last until 4 July. This year, the route takes in places such as Utah Beach, Saint-Lô, Arpajon-sur-Cère, Escaldes-Engordany, La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc, Chantilly and many more.

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