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 the 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 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 1st stage of Tour de l’Ain startst at 13.00 and the race is expected to finish around 16.20 – both are local times.
Tour de l’Ain 2020 stage 1: route, profile
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