The Route d’Occitanie serves an elevation gain of 2,048 meters on the second day of action. By far the longest ascent appears early on. Just 27 kilometres into the race and the riders crest the 15 kilometres long Montée du Sor. The average gradient of 3.4% is nothing special. Perfect to install the breakaway.
The course is far from flat for the rest of the day, but the climbs are easy. The ascent to Cagnac-des-Mines sticks out with 2.7 kilometres at 4%. Just after the summit the riders cross the finish line for the first time.
The finishing circuit of almost 50 kilometres is predominantly flat until the Côte de Monestiès appears 13.5 kilometres before the line. The 1.9 kilometres climb at 5.9% leads onto a plateau. The finish is located near Cap Découverte, an amusement park on the site of the former open-cast coal mine of Carmaux.
The intermediate sprints – at kilometre 42 and kilometre 145 – come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each, while time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line.
Another interesting read: results 2nd stage 2020 Route d’Occitanie.
Route d’Occitanie 2020 stage 2: routes, profiles
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