The opening phase offers all the ingredients for an intense battle for the breakaway. During the first 16 kilometres the route travels from one short and sharp climb to the next. Then the parcours evens out and after tens of kilometres on the flat the beautiful village of Lauzerte looms. It is located atop a hill between two rivers. To get there the road climbs 1.1 kilometres at 7%.
Another flat section leads onto the modest (and unclassified) climb to Labastide-Murat, which is where the second intermediate sprint is located. The route continues, mostly slightly downhill, toward the finishing circuit around Rocamadour.
The riders cross the line for the first time after a 1.6 kilometres climb at 7.1% to enter the predominantly flat circuit of around 30 kilometres. That very same hill serves as the finish climb, so a puncher is likely to take the spoils in Rocamadour.
The finishing place is magnificently set in a gorge high above the River Alzou.
Two intermediate sprints – at kilometre 73 and kilometre 134 – 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 4th stage 2020 Route d’Occitanie.
Route d’Occitanie 2020 stage 4: routes, profiles
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