Tour de France 2020 Route stage 12: Chauvigny - Sarran Corrèze

Thursday 9 July - The longest stage of the Tour de France ventures deep into the heart of France. Getting more and more hilly along the way, the race from Chauvigny to Sarran amounts to 218 kilometres.

Chauvigny is as French as it gets. Beautifully situated on a river – the Vienne – with a Castle and ancient church towering high above the houses. The peloton leaves this highly picturesque scene behind to head southeast.

The route gets more lumpy along the way. Rolling hills make way for the more demanding climbs of the Massif Central, a highland region in the heart of Southern France. The toughest uphill en route is the Suc au May. The first three riders atop this 5.7 kilometres climb at 8.8% gain time bonuses of 8, 5 and 2 seconds.

With breakneck speeds the riders continue to Sarran in the Corrèze region. The village of 300 inwoners hosted the Tour de France once before. In 2001, Jens Voigt dropped his fellow-attacker Bradley McGee on the last climb of the day. Given the distance and the lumpy nature of the race, the breakaway is likely to be successful again in 2020.

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