Tour de France 2020 Route stage 16: La Tour-du-Pin - Villard-de-Lans
Tuesday 15 September - The Tour de France serves a race through the heart of the Alps. At 164 kilometres, stage 16 travels over four intermediate climbs from La Tour-du-Pin to a punchy finish in Villard-de-Lans.
Cycling history galore in the Villard-de-Lans ski station just southeast of Grenoble. Erik Vanderaerden won a time trial in 1985, Pedro Delgado was victorious in 1987 and 1988, Laurent Fignon took the spoils in 1989 and Erik Breukink in 1990, while Lance Armstrong crossed the line first in 2004. Obviously, the American was later stripped of all of his victories after his doping confessions. No Villard-de-Lance.
The 16th stage commences uphill and after a short drop the Côte de Revel will undoubtedly inspire breakaway specialists. It is a very short climb though and following a lumpy section the Col de Porte appears. The 7 kilometres ascent at 7% is crested after 66.5 kilometres.
A 20 kilometres drop takes the riders back to the valley to tackle the Côte de Revel. The route then continues to La Montée de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, which is a steady climb of 14.6 kilometres at 6.5%. The first three riders at the summit gain time bonuses of 8, 5 and 2 seconds.
After cresting La Montée de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte the riders have roughly 20 kilometres on a slightly downhill plateau ahead of them before the last 2.3 kilometres climb at 6.6% to the line in Villard-de-Lans, Côte 2000.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds. Furthermore, as mentioned, the first three riders over the Montée de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte are awarded 8, 5 and 2 seconds.
Another interesting read: results 16th stage 2020 Tour de France.
Tour de France 2020 stage 16: routes, profiles, more
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