The Granfondo Golfe de Saint Tropez returns to the series after Albi organized the unique French qualifier in the past two years. The iconic city in the south of France was already the qualifier in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
With start and finish in between the yachts in the harbor, riders leave for the 162km with climbs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The first difficulty is the col du Canadel, followed by the Col du Babaou and especially the highest climb towards Notre Dame des Anges. Also the final kilometer is hard with finish in Gassin.
Organizers opted to only keep the long distance as official qualifier distance for all age groups as the shorter 113km route had some roadworks so riders had to walk a part of the course and couldn't be considered as official qualifier distance.
With the expected day registrations, organizers hope to reach 1400 participants which would mean a new participants' record and a growth of 20-25% to the previous edition as qualifier event.