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The Route 2020

Saturday 20th June to Sunday 12th July 2020

The 2020 Tour will be one week earlier than usual because of the Olympics.

In his joy at Nice having won the 2020 Grand depart, the city’s Mayor, Christian Estrosi, has promised “to offer optimal conditions to the Tour organisers and teams”. Which presumably extends to us and means guaranteed sunshine, unlimited ice cream and that holiday feeling…

At the time of announcing the 2020 Grand Depart, the Mayor commented “Nice boasts an exceptional playground for cyclists, from the Promenade des Anglais (sea front road) up to the high passes of the Mercantour national park… this rich relief will make it possible to launch the 107th Tour de France is the finest way possible” and so we weren’t too surprised a year later in March 2019, to discover that we’re looking at two pretty hilly and challenging opening stages…

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Route Map

The official map will be posted here at the end of October 2019 when A.S.O. formally announce the 2020 route.

Watch the official Video:

 

As we get closer to the route release in October 2019 we will post route rumours here, so stay tuned for the latest tantalising gossip & hearsay.

Stage Maps and route profiles are released by A.S.O. in early June, just 1 month ahead of the tour.

We will post all profiles here as and when they become available. Here’s what we know so far …

Stage 1 is a 170km double loop (the second loop being a little longer and a little hillier than the first) to give the spectators all-day fun and to let us work out where the best photo opportunities are.

Le Loop Practicalities:
Start: Nice hotel. Finish: Nice hotel.

Loop payments include a Friday arrival with the rider briefing at 7pm followed by dinner. You can buy an extra night of accommodation in Nice if you’d like to arrive on the Thursday rather than the Friday.

 

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Paris! But before we live out our maillot jaune fantasies on the sacred cobblestones of the Champs Élysées (one lap only for us – one is enough!), we’ll enjoy a relatively gentle roll in from the suburbs – a few hours to savour the highs and lows of the last three weeks, and look forward to celebrating our achievements that evening.

Le Loop Practicalities:
Start: tba. Finish: Paris hotel with Seine boat ride party this evening (friends and family welcome).

Stage 2 is a punchy 190km including the Col de Turini, Col de Colmiane and the famous (if you watch Paris-Nice or swan around the Cote d’Azur on a regular basis) Col d’Eze.

Le Loop Practicalities:
Start and Finish: Nice hotel.

We’ve booked three nights at an extremely nice beach front hotel and we’re ready for the party.

And for anyone cycling the Grand Loop, First Half or Grand Depart, whatever we’re given by A.S.O. after these two stages, there are no bad onward directions from: be it hills, coast or Provençale villages, we can’t wait!

 

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