MAP: Here is the Official Route of the Tour de France 2020

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Map of the Tour de France in 2020

This Tuesday 15th October the organisers of the Tour de France unveiled the course of the 2020 edition

The start of the Tour de France 2020 will be given Saturday, June 27 in Nice. If the program of the first two stages in the Alpes-Maritimes was already known, the organizers have unveiled the entire course of this 107th  edition on Tuesday 15th October.

Between Nice, June 27, and the Champs-Elysees, July 19th, the layout, muscular, nervous, dynamic, is substantial as mountainous as that of last summer. With fewer passages at very high altitude but more mountainous medium since, besides the Pyrenees and the Alps, the other three massifs of the Hexagon (Massif Central, Jura, Vosges) are in the spotlight.

Only one time!

The “roof” of the Tour? This will be the Loze pass, at 2304 meters. “The prototype of the XXI collar th century,” says the director of the Great Christian Prudhomme loop, which was packed by this new road, actually a 7 km single destination track bikes , recently paved over the Savoyard resort of Méribel.

“It’s a succession of ruptures of a slope, all more brutal than the others”, explains the director of the Tour, enthusiastic after the inaugural passage of the Tour of the Future last summer. For pure climbers, it’s all profit.

But the riders/climbers, who have often confiscated the rankings in recent years (four wins for Froome, one for Thomas), have an opportunity then to regain ground. On the eve of the traditional arrival in Paris, they have a 36-kilometre time trial, the only “chrono” of the 21 stages. Still ends with the rough rise of The Plank of Beautiful Girls.

Four new climbs

To join the Vosges station becoming a classic tower (5th visit since 2012), the road goes through Mélisey, the village of Thibaut Pinot. Like some other protagonists (Froome, Bernal, Kruijswijk, Bardet, Barguil, etc.), the French climber discovered the surprises and novelties of the course concocted by Christian Prudhomme and the race director Thierry Gouvenou.

Like the many spectators gathered at the Palais des Congrès, he saw on the giant screen the photo of Jacques Chirac, since the Tour had decided well before the death on September 26 of the former president to stop in his village of Sarran ( Corrèze), on the eve of climbing to Puy Mary, emblematic site of Auvergne.

Then the profile of the Grand Colombier, the mountain-totem Jura where will be judged for the first time a stage finish at the entrance of the last week.

The Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme, during the presentation of the course, in Paris, on October 15, 2019.
The Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme, during the presentation of the course, in Paris, on October 15, 2019. (© AFP / Alain JOCARD)

29 cols au total

Before the shock of the Col de la Loze, probably the event of the next Tour, advanced one week compared to previous editions because of the online race of the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2020.

“The course is fully drawn in France,” said Christian Prudhomme, between two editions starting from Brussels (2019) and Copenhagen (2021). “There will be 29 passes, one less than originally planned for the 2019 Tour before the neutralization of the Tignes stage. ”

The director of the Tour has identified four new climbs, including Hourcère in the second stage and the Pyrenees Loze which, in the opinion of Christian Prudhomme, has everything to become a long-term classic. “The Tour continues to renew itself,” he said at the end of his presentation.

Next year, the longest leg will be 218 kilometers long – the longest leg will not have been so short!

Discover the program of the 21 stages:

  • 1st stage: Nice – Nice (Saturday 27th June)

  • 2nd stage: Nice – Nice (Sunday 28th June)

  • 3rd stage: Nice – Sisteron (Monday 29th June)

  • 4th stage: Sisteron – Orcières-Merlette (Tuesday 30 June)

  • 5th stage: Gap – Privas (Wednesday, July 1st)

  • 6th stage: Le Teil – Mont Aigoual (Thursday, July 2nd)

  • 7th stage: Millau – Lavaur (Friday, July 3rd)

  • 8th stage: Cazères-sur-Garonne – Loudenvielle (Saturday, July 4th)

  • 9th stage: Pau – Laruns (Sunday, July 5th)

  • 10th stage: Île d’Oléron – Île de Ré (Tuesday, July 7th)

  • 11th stage: Châtelaillon-Plage – Poitiers (Wednesday, July 8th)

  • 12th stage: Chauvigny – Sarran (Thursday, July 9th)

  • 14th stage: Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon (Saturday, July 11th)

  • 15th stage: Lyon – Grand Colombier (Sunday, July 12th)

  • 16 stage: The Pine Tower – Villard-de-Lans (Tuesday, July 14th)

  • 17th stage: Grenoble – Col de la Loze (Wednesday, July 15th)

  • 18th stage: Méribel – La Roche-sur-Foron (Thursday, July 16th)

  • 19th stage: Bourg-en-Bresse – Champagnole (Friday 17 July)

  • 20th stage: Lure – La Planche des Belles Filles, against the clock, (Saturday 18 July)

  • 21st stage: Mantes-la-Jolie – Paris-Champs-Elysées (Sunday, July 19th)

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