The race begins at breakneck speeds as the route runs slightly downhill until the Côte de Matafelon appears after 9 kilometres. Following the 1.3 kilometres climb at 6.4% the riders continue to two hills. Right after each other they climb the Côte de Corveissiat, 2.9 kilometres at 4.1%, and Côte de Grand Corent, 2 kilometres at 5%.
The Tour de l’Ain descends to cross the river Suran and on virtually flat roads the riders head for the last hill of the day, which is a 2 kilometres test with an average gradient of 4.8%. The peak is crowned with the village Poisoux. Still almost 75 kilometres left to race.
The rest of the route is not entirely flat, but chances are that the sprinters will have it their way in Ceyzériat. If so, they have to take notice of the false flat finale.
The intermediate sprints come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds, while time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line.
Another interesting read: results 1st stage 2020 Tour de l’Ain.
Tour de l’Ain 2020 stage 1: route, profile
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