As always, the information concerning the trace 2020 have started to leak the day before the official announcement of the route by the director of the Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme, has confirmed on Tuesday October 15, the essence of what we already knew. Namely, a 107th tour de France is concentrated in the southern half of France, which then leaves it again on the affected the north-west, large earth of cycling.
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Already in 2019, the choice to move the pack almost exclusively in the eastern half after leaving Brussels had been to cringe in the middle of cycling. But the choice of a large departure in Nice, the Saturday, August 29, 2020, has led the organisers to brave the criticism and take a profile 100 % southern. This is to comply with the new order imposed by the company ASO, owner of the race, concerned about the beginning of the disaffection of the public for the great loop.
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Only solution for the part of the organizers to maintain the interest, multiply the departures abroad (this will be the case in 2021, read below) or to stack the steps of the high and medium mountain, which now focus the attention of the spectators along the roads and tv channels. Given the point of departure southern, they had only two choices cardinals possible to build the first stages of the great loop : the north and the west. The roads to the east and south leading to Italy or… in the sea.
The course due north, would have defused the suspense for the vital last week of the race. They have therefore chosen to draw a diagonal between Nice, the Southern Alps and the south of the Massif central. The course then delves into the Pyrenees, which will include this year fewer steps than usual. Then, the riders retraverseront France from west to east across the north of the Auvergne, before heading out in the Alps after a stage to Lyon, a city vital step in the editions of the years 1950 to 1990, but that was rare lately.
The surprise of the chief, the new col de la Loze
Each Tower to now include a find, the surprise of the chief is this year above Meribel (Savoie), the city that will host (with Courchevel), the world ski championships in 2023. This is the col de la Loze, climb unique and spectacular designed for the use of the bicycles, above the station. “It is a green lane, closed to traffic for motor vehicles, except those delegated in the ski area “, explained to AFP the mayor of Meribel, Thierry Monin.
As is now usual, the last week of the race will be entirely devoted to the Alps of the north, with a foray over the fearsome col Grand Colombier (Ain), followed a few days later a passage now obliged by the famous Board of Beautiful Girls, a training ground favorite of the local Thibaut Pinot, and the only exception to the colour of the south of the course. The Franc-Comtois has already announced his participation in the Tour 2020, after his discomfiture of 2019 he was forced to abandon two days before the arrival, so that he seemed to be well on your way to the podium.
In 2021, a path more flat from Copenhagen
If the climbers have pride of place on the Towers in 2019 and 2020, they may become disillusioned in 2021. The share given to the mountain, which is very important on these two editions will be reduced. “ Next year, we will move on to a new sequence. We know very well that we will return to the course is further conventional, in the plain and on land which is moderately hilly “, explains the race director Thierry Gouvenou. The site of the Grand depart 2021 is set in Copenhagen. Gold, stresses the head of the race, “the departure from Denmark, that is three days flat “.
By then, the lovers of cycling hope for 2020 is a thought worthy of 2019, one of the editions most spectacular of these last thirty years. With a kid, a colombian 22 years, Egan Bernal, on the highest step of the podium. A Julian Alaphilippe in yellow on the half of the course. For 2020, a victory long-awaited since 1985 (Bernard Hinault) of a Frenchman on the Champs-Élysées, will be the most beautiful of bouquets.
The 21 stages of the Tour de France 2020
1st stage : Nice – Nice (Saturday 29 August)
2nd step : Nice – Nice (Sunday 30 August)
3rd step : Nice – Sisteron (Monday 31 August)
Stage 4 : Sisteron – Orcières-Merlette (Tuesday 1 September)
Step 5 : Gap – Privas (Wednesday 2 September)
Step 6 : The Teil – Mont Aigoual (Thursday 3 September)
Step 7 : Millau – Lavaur (Friday 4 September)
8th step : Cazeres – Loudenvielle (Saturday 5 September)
Stage 9 : Pau – Laruns (Sunday 6 September)
Monday 7 September : rest in La Rochelle/ Chatelaillon-Plage
10th step : Ile d’oléron – Ile de Ré (Tuesday 8 September)
11th step : Chatelaillon-Beach – Poitiers (Wednesday 9 September)
12th step : Chauvigny – Sarran (Thursday 10 September)
13th step : Chatel-Guyon – Pas de Peyrol (Friday 11 September)
14th stage : Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon (Saturday 12 September)
15th stage : Lyon – Grand Colombier (Sunday 13 September)
Monday 14 September: rest in Grenoble
16 step : The Tower of Pin – Villard-de-Lans (Tuesday 15 September)
17th stage : Grenoble – Méribel – Col de la Loze (Wednesday 16 September)
18th stage : Flange-les-Bains – La Roche-sur-Foron (Thursday 17 September)
19th stage : Bourg-en-Bresse – Champagnole (Friday 18 September)
20th step : Lure – The Board of Beautiful Girls (Saturday 19 September)
21st step : Mantes-la-Jolie – Paris-Champs-Elysees (Sunday 20 September)