Tour de France 2024 Favourites stage 20: Demolishers in the Alps #2

Tadej pogacar - Tour de France 2024 Favourites stage 20:foto: Cor VosThe 20th stage of Le Tour is quite similar to stage 19, although it's even tougher. Four climbs packed into 132.8 kilometres add up to 4,600 metres of climbing. There are only two modes on the route from Nice to the Col de la Couillole: climbing and descending, with the latter dominating. (Slideshow route/profile)

Let’s assume the gaps on GC are still manageable, even after the demolition works of stage 19. Well, stage 20 is tailor-made for continuing in exactly that same vein. The race starts with a gentle uphill, followed by an unclassified climb of 4.6 kilometres at 5.2%, but that’s just shadowplay, as the sledgehammer is brought out soon enough.

Without any descent, the riders continue onto the Col de Braus, a climb of 10 kilometres at 6.6%. Back in the valley, the Col de Turini adds 20.7 kilometres at 5.7% to the fatigue. It’s the longest climb of the day, while the average gradient is biased by a relatively easy first half.

A long descent leads to another unclassified climb, this one is 1.3 kilometres at 6%. The route continues to ascend gently for 10 kilometres before transitioning into the Col de La Colmiane: 7.5 kilometres at 7.1%. At the summit, there are still 32.9 kilometres to go.

The riders then descend for over 20 kilometres to Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée, at the base of the finishing climb. The Col de la Couillole is a beast of 15.7 kilometres with an average gradient of 7.1%. Interestingly, this is the gradient for almost the entire climb, as the Couillole is remarkably consistent.

How the race unfolds depends on the standings. Therefore, we’ll update this article during the Tour de France.

Favourites 20th stage 2024 Tour de France

*** Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard
** Carlos Rodriguez, Remco Evenepoel, Wout Poels, Romain Bardet
* Richard Carapaz, Felix Gall, Simon Yates, David Gaudu, Adam Yates

Another interesting read: route 19th stage 2024 Tour de France.

Tour de France 2024 stage 20: profiles & video

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