A Quick Tour Through the 2020 Tour de France First 10 Stages
After much deliberation and delay due to COVID-19, the organizing committee of the Tour de France has released the new stage dates and the 2020 TDF route.
But first … who are the favorites to win? Odds from 5dimes (review here)
• Julian Alaphilippe +1800 • Thibaut Pinot +800 • Tom Dumoulin +1200 • Primoz Roglic +500 • Chris Froome +375 • Egan Bernal +275
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If I had to lay money on who I thought would win this year’s iteration of the world’s greatest bicycle race, I would throw my money on Egan Bernal.
Why? Because there are mountains galore in the 2020 TDF route. And this young Columbian is used to riding the Andes. Unlike some, he revels in the climbs and altitude isn’t an issue. If anything, he’ll smash Stage 20. But we’ll get back to that … For now, let’s look tour the Tour.
La Route du Grande Boucle This will be the 107th running of the TDF … or riding of … I guess I should say. The start day is set for August 29th in Nice and will conclude just under one month later in Paris, France on September 20th.
The race starts down at sea-level by the Mediterranean in Nice, a quaint little coastal town. The field will churn out 156km or 97 miles around Nice. This will be a great stage for spectators as there are a couple of chances to see the riders sprint by. It’s a sprint stage, but it isn’t. Stage two starts to ramp up with a longer road-stage the following day, where they’ll pedal out 117 miles and stack in over 4000 meters of climbing –roughly 13,000 feet. So, there is a good chance that whoever wins the Stage 1 ‘yellow,’ will probably hand it over after Stage 2. There are 29 climbs along with five mountain finishes throughout the 2020 Tour de France, that span five mountain: Vosges, Juram Massif Central, Pyrenees, and the Alps.
During Stage 3, they’ll leave Nice and head 198km (123 miles) to Sisteron over relatively flat ground. The final leg of this stage is a sprinters paradise, as the pedal ever closer to Sisteron Citadel. But again, the ASO switched it up and after that flare’ break’ as the riders head from Sisteron to Orcieres-Merlette in Stage 4, they get their first summit finish. The final seven kilometers of this stage is uphill, so we won’t see a sprint finish on this day. Fun fact about Stage 4: it’s been 31 years since the tour last stopped here.
Next, we hit Gap to Privas which is a false flat, slowly headed uphill. Then we travel 191 kilometers from Le Teil to Mont Aigoual. In Stage 7 the riders will hit the Garonne region in their trip from Millau to Lavaur. It’s a typically windy area of clumpy land full of small climbs. But up next is a full weekend of climbs … Stage 8 and 9 will be brutal, so what better time than to throw a rest day in before Stage 10 and an unprecedented event.
Île-de-Oléron to Île-de-Ré is two islands (isle or in French, Île). The stage starts on one island and finishes on another which is pretty interesting if you ask me. Watching the field cross the nearly 3,000-meter long bridge to the mainland will be a sight to see. They’ll bend south a bit before looping around back to the north and heading for La Rochelle. The biggest factor here is likely to be the brisk Atlantic winds that often blow onshore with quite a bit of force. The stage will end after the riders zoom cross the Ile de Re bridge, which is 2.9 km long as the sprint towards the finish in Sant-Martin de Re. As excited as I am about watching the riders cross the 3km bridge leaving France’s largest island, the backdrop of Vauban coming onto Île-de-Ré at the end will be stunning.