"Quand le Tour de France passe, la France est au pas de sa porte ! "
When Tour de France is coming, France wait at her own doorstep
Fight, fight against the others, fight against the climb, fight against the wind, fight against the cobble, fight against your pain, after all, it's only other guys like you, it's only climb, it's only wind, it's only cobbles, it's only pain, it's only a jersey, but a yellow one.
This tour was drawn not to be the hardest but in order to win it, riders will have to stay very constant in their effort.
A few stats :
- 21 stages on 23 days.
- 8 plain stages, 4 medium moutain stages, 7 high moutain stages, 2 time-trial.
- 3373 km included 89 km of time-trial
- 3 top finishes and 79 KOM sprints included 3 HC climb : Col de Turni, Col du Tourmalet and Col de la Madeleine
The Stages :
29/08 : Stage 1 : Nice > Nice /135.9 Km / Medium Moutain
The Tour is opening this year edition by a difficult but relativeyt short stages. Between hills and sea in the Nice landscapes, the first Yellow Jersey could go to a puncher.
30/08 : Stage 2 : Nice > Nice /205.4 Km / High Moutain
And the moutain is already there ! Second stage and already an HC climb with the Col de Turini. This stage is very difficult to predict : will the leaders let some underdogs go for the win dans the jersey or will one of them light on the first firecracker?
31/08 : Stage 3 : Cagnes-sur-Mer > Manosque / 189.6 Km / Plain
This is the first of 6 stages totatelly dedicated to sprinters. Actually here, no difficulties for them to pass the only climb of the day. The downhill to Manosque will let the latecomers rejoin the pack easily.
01/09 : Stage 4 : Manosque > Toulon / 161.5 Km / Medium Moutain
Getting back to business with a difficult stage ending by the utterly difficult climb of Mont Faron to decide wich of the puncher will win today.
02/09 : Stage 5 : Marseille > Sète - Mont-Saint-Clair / 185.9 Km / Plain
So yes, the stage is quite flat but I guarantee that we will not see a massive sprint in Sète. The final climb of Mont-Saint-Clair is too difficult for the pure sprinters to compete on.
03/09 : Stage 6 : Agde > Mirepoix / 165.2 Km / Plain
Another day for the sprinters, leaders will save their strenght for the Pyrenean triptych to come
04/09 : Stage 7 : Mirepoix > Guzet-Neige / 129.8 Km / High Moutain
Here's one of the hardest stage of the Tour. The lenght is certainly not a thing to fear but the Col de Larnat with his difficult dirt roads and the final climb to Guzet-Neige will force the leaders to take down theirs cards. At least, some of them.
05/09 : Stage 8 : Saint-Girons > Bagnères-de-Bigorre / 154.3 Km / High Moutain
This next high moutain stage offers to climbers a very hard playground. However, the distance between the summit of the last climb and the finish line will certainly encourage the leaders to stay ion the pack, or at least what will remain of it.
06/06 : Stage 9 : Campan > Arudy / 174.2 Km / High Moutain
No top finish in this last stage in the Pyrennés but the stage could be more significatelly interresting for the leaders. The downhill of the Aubisque is hard and a man with 30 seconds at the summit could easily keep this gap on the finish line.
07/09 : Transfert and rest day in Nantes
08/09 : Stage 10 : Nantes > Clisson / 185.9 Km / Plain
The first Time trial is a team effort. Just after the rest day, the teams will have a lot to do on this relatively easy but long time trial.
09/09 : Stage 11 : Clisson - Site du Hellfest > Amboise / 210.8 Km / Plain
Strongly affected by the Covid-19 crisis, the entertainment business will by honoured as the twelfth stage will start from the site of the very famous metal festival : The Hellfest. The stage will be a long one following the path of the Loire and exploring the château along it to reach Amboise with a massive sprint.
10/09 : Stage 12 : Château de Chambord > Pouilly-sur-Loire / 164.5 Km / Plain
Shorter stage but for the same result. After a magnificent start at Chambord, the sprinters will compete for another win in Pouilly-Sur-Loire.
11/09 : Stage 13 : Nevers > Le Creusot / 223.7 Km / Medium Moutain
The Longest Day. More than 223 kilometers climbing up the hills of Morvan. Punchers and attackers will be on fire this day.
12/09 : Stage 14 : Montceau-les-Mines > Ambérieux-en-Dombes / 167.5 Km / Plain
A bit of calm as the sprinters can reach this victory once again. But the opportunity of winning for them are getting thiner day after day.
13/09 : Stage 15 : Lyon > Crêt de l'Œillon / 199.3 Km / High Moutain
This stage is an original. The Tour never has a high moutain stage with a top finish in the Mont du Forez. This time, leaders cannot miss this one. The final climb, Crêt de l'Œillon, is too hard to be weak.
14/09 : Rest day in Saint-Étienne
15/09 : Stage 16 : Saint-Étienne > La Voulte-sur-Rhône / 172.3 Km / Medium Moutain
Another stage for the puncher. A warning to the leaders : if the same puncher take too much time or point, some jersey can fall down of the shoulder of its owner.
16/09 : Stage 17 : Valence > Saint-Pierre-d'Albigny /205.4 Km / Plain
Despite the final climb in Saint-Pierre-d'Albigny, this would be the last opportunities for sprinters before Paris. However, only the strongest among them will compete for this one.
17/09 : Stage 18 : Montmelian > Valmorel / 155.6 Km / High Moutain
The Maurienne valley will offer the Tour his queen stage. Four difficult climb among them riders will find the Col de la Madeleine, one of the hardest climb in Alps. The stage end in Valmorel after a long climb to reach the city.
18/09 : Stage 19 : Moutiers > Morzine / 200.9 Km / High Moutain
And the hardest days of the race continue with this last moutain stage with no less than 8 climbs ! The final ones are the easyest but leaders will be fighting on it, as it is the last chances for them to collect seconds before the time trial.
19/09 : Stage 20 : Taninges > Annemasse / 34.7 Km / Individual Time Trial
The last day to win the Tour. The yellow jersey have 34 kilometers to protect his good and the others, 34 kilometers to reach the graal.
20/09 : Stage 21 : Parc des Princes > Paris - Champs Élysées / 117.1 Km / Plain
A bit of tradition here as the last stage of the Tour looks like the same years after years. This time, riders will start from le Parc des Princes to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Paris-Saint-Germain, the football club of the french capital. After several easy climb in the Chevreuse, the pack will compete around the Champs-Élysées as usual.