The battle for the yellow jersey at subsequent 12 months’s Tour de France will conclude with a time trial at La Planche des Belles Filles earlier than the normal dash stage in Paris.
Organisers ASO on Tuesday unveiled a route which visits all 5 mountain ranges in France, quick on dash alternatives and designed to favour attacking riders.
Although the 36 kilometre battle in opposition to the clock on stage 20 could come to outline the race, it’s the solely time trial in all the three weeks with the main target as a substitute on medium and excessive mountain phases.
There can be no return to both Alpe d’Huez or Mont Ventoux subsequent summer time and solely two phases within the conventional battleground of the Pyrenees, however the Massif Central and the Alps will play a key position earlier than a last section within the Jura and Vosges.
Chris Froome was in Paris to listen to the small print, and was fast to notice the shortage of time trialling and a route which could be extra suited to his Ineos team-mate and the defending champion Egan Bernal.
“It’s the hardest route I’ve seen in the last few years,” Froome stated after the announcement.
4-time champion Froome, who missed this 12 months’s Tour after struggling big accidents in a high-speed crash on the Criterium du Dauphine in June, is forward of schedule in his restoration and concentrating on a return to the race.
The uphill time trial on La Planche des Belles Filles guarantees to be one of the vital hotly anticipated lately.
Stage six of this 12 months’s Tour completed on the mountain with Dylan Teuns taking the stage victory as Julian Alaphilippe misplaced the yellow jersey, albeit quickly, to Giulio Ciccone whereas Geraint Thomas put in a formidable late assault.
However that point trial will really feel a good distance off for riders as they deal with one of many hardest opening weeks of the Tour in a number of years.
The 2020 version will start on June 27 with two phases beginning and ending in Good, together with a tricky second day which incorporates virtually 3,700 metres of climbing.
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Summit finishes on the Orcieres-Merlette and Mont Aigoual comply with on phases 5 and 6 earlier than two days within the Pyrenees.
After a relaxation day in La Rochelle there are some flatter phases however it’s a temporary intermission earlier than the race heads in direction of the Alps by way of the Massif Central as soon as extra.
Stage 15 takes the riders out of Lyon and over the Selle de Fromental and Col de la Biche to the summit of the Grand Colombier.
The queen stage follows the second relaxation day, 168 kilometres between Grenoble and the newly-built biking path to the summit of the Col de la Loze, by way of the Col de la Madeleine.
Following the opposed climate which severely affected the ultimate days of this 12 months’s Tour, when Bernal took yellow as stage 19 was curtailed by landslides, the Tour is not going to head to Paris direct from the excessive mountains however as a substitute journey north by way of the Jura and Vosges areas.
These are dwelling roads for French hopeful Thibaut Pinot, who stated: “It’s a wonderful course, I’m already looking forward to it. We’re going to pass my village, that will be special.”
La Course, the ladies’s race which takes place throughout the Tour, will return to Paris for the primary time since 2016.
The peloton will cowl 13 laps of town circuit for a distance of 90 kilometres.
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