Edition 107 of the Tour de France starts on 27 June 2020 on the Côte d’Azur in the South of France. Nice will host its second Grand Départ, having previously seen the race set off in 1981 with a Bernard Hinault prologue victory. (Slideshow route/profile)
It will be the 36th time that La Grande Boucle visits the town in the highly picturesque Provence region. The first inclusion was in 1906 and the latest in 2013, when Orica-GreenEdge won a TTT and Simon Gerrans took the yellow jersey.
The 2020 Tour de France serves two promising routes on the first two days of action. The 1st stage is a hilly out-and-back race in Nice, while the 2nd stage features the impressive Col de Turini, a 14.9 kilometres climb with an average gradient of 7.3%. The route continues to a finale with the Col d’Èze (7.8 kilometres at 7%) and Col de Quatre Chemins (5.5 kilometer a 5.5%) before a descent to the line in Nice. Stage 2 is also out-and-back. The finish is situated on the renowned Promenade des Anglais on the Mediterranean waterfront.
The rest of the route has yet to be revealed. Reportedly, the race will include a finish at the Paul-Ricard car racing circuit in the South of France. Recent winners there are Lewis Hamilton (F1), who out-roared Valtteri Botas, and Philippe Gilbert (Tour de la Provence), who outsprinted the remnants of the peloton.
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