REVEALED: Discover the route of the 2020 Tour de France

The route for the 2020 Tour de France was unveiled on Tuesday and while those in the south of France will have a great chance of catching the peloton, cycling fans in the north will be disappointed.

REVEALED: Discover the route of the 2020 Tour de France

Almost all of the 2020 Tour de France will take place in the south of country.

The route was revealed by organisers on Tuesday and promises to be a tough challenge for riders but will once again reveal some beautiful corners of France, in particular its mountains.

The route will take in the Alps and Pyrenees as normal, but also the Vosges and Jura mountains as well as the Central Massif and its iconic mountain Puy Mary.

Riders will face a 29-mountain slog on an epic 2020 Tour de France, organisers said on Tuesday

“There are 29 mountains, it will be physically challenging throughout,” said Tour chief Christian Prudhomme, unveiling a route that also includes five summit finishes, one of them a time trial.

The punishing route rarely strays from the mountains even though there are nine flat stages.

“Even the so called flat stages will be very tough for the pure sprinters. There are traps everywhere along the route,” added Prudhomme.

Here's a glance at the route below.




There will be 12 new “villes-étapes” or sites that will welcome the race including the beautiful island of Île de Ré.

For the first time in the history of the Tour de France cyclists will race from one French island to another: Île d'Oleron to Île de Ré, both in the Charente Maritime département, on Tuesday July 7th.

The road bridge to Île de Ré. AFP

The 3,470km (2,156-mile) Tour will begin in the southern city of Nice on Saturday June 27th. The only stage in the north of the country will be the final stage on July 19th between the town of Mantes-La-Jolie and the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

The mountainous route is seen as favouring renowned climbers including Colombian champion Egan Bernal, his Ineos teammate Chris Froome as well as French duo of Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet.

Here's the full list of stages (étapes)





June 27

   Stage 1: Nice – Nice (156km)

   June 28

   Stage 2: Nice – Nice (187km)

   June 29

   Stage 3: Nice – Sisteron (198km)

   June 30

   Stage 4: Sisteron – Orcieres-Merlette (157km)

   July 1

   Stage 5: Gap – Privas (183km)

   July 2

   Stage 6: Le Teil – Mont Aigoual (191km)

   July 3

   Stage 7: Millau – Lavaur (168km)

   July 4 

   Stage 8: Cazeres-sur-Garonne – Loudenvielle (140km)

   July 5

   Stage 9: Pau – Laruns (154km)

   July 6

   Rest Day in Charente-Maritime

   July 7

   Stage 10: Ile de Oleron – Ile de Re (170km)

   July 8

   Stage 11: Chatelaillon-Plage – Poitiers (167km)

   July 9

   Stage 12: Chauvigny – Sarran (218km)

   July 10

   Stage 13: Chatel-Guyon – Puy Mary (191km)

   July 11

   Stage 14: Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon (197km)

   July 12

   Stage 15: Lyon – Grand Colombier (175km)

   July 13

   Rest day in Isere

   July 14

   Stage 16: La Tour du Pin – Villard de Lans (164km)

   July 15

   Stage 17: Grenoble – Meribel (168km)

   July 16

   Stage 18: Meribel – La Roche-sur-Foron (168km)

   July 17

   Stage 19: Bourg-en-Bresse – Champagnole (160km)

   July 18

   Stage 20: Lure – La Planche des Belles Filles (36km, individual time trial) 

   July 19

   Stage 21: Mantes-la-Jolie – Paris (122km)



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Inaugural Women’s Tour de France to start at Eiffel Tower

The route for the inaugural women's Tour de France was unveiled on Thursday with eight stages, embarking from the Eiffel Tower on July 24th next year.

French cyclist Marion Rousse delivers a speech next to Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme during the presentation of the first edition of the Women's Tour de France cycling race.
French cyclist Marion Rousse delivers a speech next to Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme during the presentation of the first edition of the Women's Tour de France cycling race. Photo: Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP.

The first complete edition of the women’s version of cycling’s iconic race starts on the day the 109th edition of the men’s Tour ends.

After a route that winds through northern France, the race culminates in the Planche des Belles Filles climb in the Vosges mountains.

Danish cyclist Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig said she was over the moon to be taking part.

“I want it to be July now so we can get stared,” she said actually jumping up and down.

“The Tour de France is a reference and when you say you are a cyclist people ask about that. Now I can say I race the Tour de France,” she said after the presentation.

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Race director Marion Rousse, a former French cycling champion and now a TV commentator, told AFP it would be a varied course that would maintain suspense over the eight days.

“It is coherent in a sporting sense, and we wanted to start from Paris,” she said of the 1,029km run.

“With only eight stages we couldn’t go down to the Alps or the Pyrenees, the transfers would be too long.

“The stages obviously are shorter for the women than for the men’s races. The men can go 225 kilometres. For the women the longest race on our roster is 175km and we even needed special dispensation for that,” she said. “But it’s a course I love.”

Christian Prudhomme, the president of the Tour de France organisers, was equally enthusiastic.

“The fact it sets off from Paris the day the men’s race ends gives the new race a boost because it sets the media up to follow it more easily.

“It also means that with the Tour de France starting on July 1st and the women’s race ending on the 31st, there will be cycling on television every day of July.”

The men’s race is broadcast in around 190 countries.