On October 15, Tour de France organiser ASO will unveil a unique 2020 route that, according to rumours, climbs to altitude in the early days and time trials La Planche de Belles Filles ahead of the Paris finale.
The race, bumped up in the calendar for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, runs June 27 to July 19. Already, ASO announced it will begin in Nice. The Côte d’Azur Grand Départ will see two road stages around the town that is home to many professional riders. Afterwards, details remain vague but are coming into focus ahead of the route announcement in Paris.
Such early climbing days would swing in to the favour of defending champion Egan Bernal and his four-time champion team-mate Chris Froome. Already, the Ineos leadership question could be solved at 1,850 metres on day four.
The race will cut through the through the Massif Central and is expected to revisit Mont Aigoual for a second time after 1987. This is the highest point of the Gard département. The push towards the Pyrénées would continue from here.
Not much is known about the time in the Pyrenean mountain range, where this year Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) won the Tourmalet stage. The 2020 route should stop in Loudenvielle, but it is uncertain which of the mountain passes – like Aubisque, Peyresourde, Aspin and Ax 3 Domaine – race director Christian Prudhomme will choose. On Sunday, July 5, the Tour should celebrate its big day in the mountains that separate France from Spain.
The route then heads along the west coast in its second week. Here, ASO will give more attention since it largely skipped this area lately. Along the Bay of Biscay, north of Bordeaux, the Tour is said to be visiting Châtelaillon-Plage and Île de Ré. A finish is now expected in Sarran, home of the recently deceased former president Jacques Chirac. Inland, the race could climb to finish at Pas de Peyrol at 1,589m, according to La Montagne.
The Tour then heads back east to the Alps, perhaps in the Vallée de la Tarentaise. One idea is that Tignes and Val Thorens will feature again after bad weather that brought on landslides ruined those stages in 2019. At this point, Alpe d’Huez is not expected to feature in 2020.
What has emerged in L’Est Républicain, however, is that the Tour could return to La Planche des Belles Filles where Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) won and took the yellow jersey in 2019. After a Jura Mountain stage 19, stage 20 could see the Vosges Mountains welcome the race back to the Planche. The article suggested that one year after the new gravel finish, a time trial could host the race’s mountainous finale.
For certain, ASO will unveil everything in Paris on Tuesday, October 15, and that besides the start in Nice, Paris will again host the stage finish with a likely sprint on the Champs-Élysées.
Tour de France 2020 route: Stage-by-stage
Stage one, June 27: Nice to Nice (170km)
The first stage will be a 170km route suited to the sprinters, starting and finishing in Nice.
But it will not be a straight run for the fast men, with four tough climbs scattered along the way and a fast finishing circuit to conclude.
Taking in many of the same roads as Paris-Nice, the opening stage will finish on the famous Promenade des Anglais on the seafront.
Stage two, June 28: Nice to Nice (190km)
Stage two will be a major departure from the traditional opening of the Tour, heading to the mountains on only the second day.
Over 190km, the peloton will race over four cols, including the high summits of the Col de la Colmiane and the Col de Turini.
Stages three to 21 TBC.
Tour de France 2019 route
|1||Saturday, July 6||Brussels – Brussels||192km||>>>|
|2||Sunday, July 7||Brussels Palais Royal – Brussels Atomium||27km (TTT)||>>>|
|3||Monday, July 8||Binche – Épernay||214km||>>>|
|4||Tuesday, July 9||Reims – Nancy||215km||>>>|
|5||Wednesday, July 10||Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar||169km||>>>|
|6||Thursday, July 11||Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles||157km||>>>|
|7||Friday, July 12||Belfort –Chalon-sur-Saône||230km||>>>|
|8||Saturday, July 13||Mâcon – Saint-Étienne||199km||>>>|
|9||Sunday, July 14||Saint-Étienne – Brioude||170km||>>>|
|10||Monday, July 15||Saint-Flour – Albi||218km||>>>|
|Rest day||Tuesday, July 16||Albi||—||—|
|11||Wednesday, July 17||Albi – Toulouse||167km||>>>|
|12||Thursday, July 18||Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre||209.5km||>>>|
|13||Friday, July 19||Pau – Pau||27km (ITT)||>>>|
|14||Saturday, July 20||Tarbes – Tourmalet||(117km)||>>>|
|15||Sunday, July 21||Limoux – Foix||185km||>>>|
|Rest Day||Monday, July 22||Nîmes||–||—|
|16||Tuesday, July 23||Nîmes – Nîmes||177km||>>>|
|17||Wednesday, July 24||Pont du Gard – Gap||206km||>>>|
|18||Thursday, July 25||Embrun – Valloire||207km||>>>|
|19||Friday, July 26||Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes||123km||>>>|
|20||Saturday, July 27||Albertville – Val Thorens||131km||>>>|
|21||Sunday, July 28||Rambouillet – Paris (Champs-Élysées)||127km||>>>|
Tour de France 2019: stage-by-stage
Stage one, July 6: Brussels – Brussels (194.5km)
Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) took an unexpected victory on stage one of the 2019 Tour de France, beating Peter Sagan and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) to the line in Brussels.
The finale of the stage had been blighted by crashes, which saw stage favourite Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) go down just 1.5km from the line along with defending champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos). Both were able to get up and continue. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) also crashed earlier in the day, but was able to rejoin the bunch and later confirmed he suffered cuts to his knee and above his right eye.
Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) took the first polka-dot jersey of the race, getting in the day’s early breakaway to take maximum points on the first climb of the Mur de Grammont and was then second over the next classified climb of the Bosberg.
Stage two, July 7: Brussels Palais Royal – Brussels Atomium (27.6km, team time trial)
Jumbo-Visma followed up their sensational opening day to the Tour de France with victory on the stage two team time trial, beating Team Ineos by 20 seconds.
The victory means Mike Teunissen continues in the yellow jersey into stage three.
The TTT was the first crucial day for the general classification contenders, with Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) the two who lost the most on just the second day of the Tour.
Stage three, July 8: Binche – Épernay (215km)
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) won the stage, with a large enough margin to take the first French yellow jersey in five years.
The Classics style race was perfectly suited to his strengths, with the breakaway specialist making his move at 16km to go, to ride solo to the line.
In his wake, Michael Matthews (Sunweb) finished second, 26 seconds back. The final podium spot went to Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo).
Stage four, July 9: Reims – Nancy (213.5km)
A break of three escaped early on, gathering up a gap of around three minutes.
However, they were scooped up, with the last breakaway rider absorbed into the peloton with 16km to go.
Lead out trains came to the fore, but it was Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) who reached the line first, with Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) second and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) third.
Stage five, July 10: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar (169km)
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the stage, with the strongest kick from a collection of lighter sprinters who made it over the first hilly stage at the front of the race.
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) held on to his lead general classification, finishing safely in the bunch.
Stage six, July 11: Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles (157km)
Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) took victory atop La Planche des Belles Filles on stage six of the Tour de France, beating Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) from the day’s breakaway. Ciccone still had a day to remember however, taking the yellow jersey from Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step).
Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) was the best performing rider in the overall contest, making a late move with 100m to go to put a handful of seconds into his rivals.
Stage seven, July 12: Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saône (230km)
The longest stage of the Tour de France ended with an expected bunch sprint, with Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) taking the win narrowly on the line ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal).
Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) held on to the race lead in a fairly comfortable for the GC riders that saw no change in the top-10.
Stage eight, July 13: Mâcon – Saint-Étienne (199km)
Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) soloed to a sensational victory on a gruelling stage eight of the 2019 Tour. De Gendt had been part of the day’s early breakaway and managed to hold off the attacking Frenchmen Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) who finished ahead of the other main contenders.
That, plus bonus seconds, saw Alaphilippe reclaim the yellow jersey while Pinot was able to move up to third place overall.
Stage nine, July 14: Saint-Étienne – Brioude (170km)
With a Frenchman in yellow for Bastille Day, the Tour de France peloton were content to allow a breakaway to go up the road an ensure the stage win.From the 15-man breakaway, only Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) remained, the South African champion Impey able to easily beat his Belgian rival to the line and take the win.
Julian Alaphilippe retained the overall lead with no significant changes on general classification.
Stage 10, July 15: Saint-Flour – Albi (218km)
Stage 10’s relatively straightforward profile flattered to deceive as crosswinds battered the peloton in the last 100km of theand Deceuninck-Quick-Step were able effectively split the peloton, with a number of GC contenders, including Mikel Landa (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) all losing significant van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) won the stage, out-sprinting Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) into Albi.Rest day, July 16
Stage 11, July 17: Albi – Toulouse (167km)
Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) took his maiden Tour de France victory after narrowly beating Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) on the line in Toulouse.
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) held on to the yellow jersey as the GC contenders stayed together ahead of the first stage into the Pyrenees.
Stage 12, July 18: Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre (209.5km)
The GC contenders took it easy after allowing a circa 40-man breakaway get up the road, with Julian Alaphilippe once again holding on to his overall lead over Geraint Thomas heading into the stage 13 time trial.Britain’s Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won the first stage in the Pyrenees, beating Pello Bilbao (Astana) and Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the line in a final sprint after the trio had broken clear of the lead group on the final climb of the Hourquette d’Ancizan. It’s Yates’ first win at the Tour, meaning he has now won stages in all three of the Grand Tours.
Stage 13, July 19: Pau – Pau (27km)
Julian Alaphilippe surprised everyone by crushing his rivals to win the Tour’s only time trial and extend his lead in the general classification. The Frenchman finished ahead of Geraint Thomas in second, while a number of GC hopefuls including Adam Yates, Dan Martin and Nairo Quintana all lost huge chunks of time to see them drop down the standings.
Stage 14, July 20: Tarbes – Tourmalet (117km)
The stage finish to the Tour’s most used climb, the Col du Tourmalet, would see the true overall contenders stand up. Julian Alaphilippe continued his sensational Tour to finish second on the stage behind compatriot Thibaut Pinot, who gained time to begin his fightback in the overall. Geraint Thomas lost 36 seconds to Pinot but remained in second place on GC at the end of the day.
Stage 15, July 21: Limoux – Foix (185km)
The last of the Pyrenean mountain stages saw riders take on a brand new summit finish to Prat d’Albis just outside Foix.
Simon Yates took his second stage win in just four days as he went solo from the day’s main breakaway to victory.
Thibaut Pinot was the best placed finisher of the GC contenders, moving up to fourth overall after finishing second on the stage. Julian Alaphilippe held on to the yellow jersey despite suffering and getting dropped on the final climb.
Rest day, July 22
Stage 16, July 23: Nîmes – Nîmes (177km)
The sprinters came to the fore on stage 16 with Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) grabbing his second stage win on the final opportunity before Paris on Sunday.
Stage 17, July 24: Pont du Gard – Gap (206km)
Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) took his team’s fourth stage win of the race in a solo win after attacking the day’s breakaway. The final chance for the rouleurs ahead of the mountains, 33 riders got up the road in the day’s breakaway as the GC contenders conserved energy behind in the peloton, which finished over 20 minutes down.Stage 18, July 25: Embrun – Valloire (207km)
One of the hardest stages of the Tour de France 2019 saw a breakaway succeed again, with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) showing form he seemed to be missing earlier in the race to attack from the breakaway towards the bottom of the Galibier, soloing to victory after the descent to Valliore.
Julian Alaphilippe held on to his yellow jersey once again, getting back to the GC group after he was distanced towards the top of the Galibier. Egan Bernal (Ineos) was the only rider to gain significant time, moving up from fifth to second overall.
Stage 19, July 26: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes (126km)
The 19th stage of the Tour was brought to an abrupt end on the descent of the Col de l’Iseran as inclement weather caused landslides ahead of the final climb to Tignes.Organisers were forced to stop the race and took GC times from the top of the Iseran, meaning Egan Bernal, who crested the summit first, took yellow after Julian Alaphilippe fell over two minutes behind.
No stage winner was awarded.
Stage 20, July 27: Albertville – Val Thorens (59km)
Stage 21, July 28: Rambouillet – Paris (Champs-Élysées) (127km)
The 2019 Tour de France reached its climax on the Champs-Élysées as is tradition, with a bunch sprint after eight laps around the finishing circuit won by Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal). Egan Bernal (Team Ineos), after spending the first part of the race posing for photos and celebrating amongst the peloton, crossed the line in Paris to confirm his first Grand Tour victory in just the second he’s ever ridden.