Tour de France 2020 route revealed

The 2020 Tour de France route (Image credit: ASO)

The 2020 Tour de France route was unveiled in Paris on Tuesday morning, with the 107th edition of the Grand Boucle following an unconventional and mountainous route that appears to suit the aggressive racing of French contenders Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot rather the controlled format preferred by Chris Froome, Egan Bernal and Team Ineos.

The race includes 29 categorised climbs, six mountain finishes, gravel roads but only 36 kilometres of time trialing, all of which come on Pinot's home roads and on the steep climb to Planche des Belle Filles on the final Saturday. There is no spot for a team time trial.

Finishes at L'Alpe d'Huez and atop Mount Ventoux are also missing, with race organisers ASO instead targetting lesser known but historic finishes on the Puy Mary deep in the Massif Central, and on the Col de la Loze in the heart of the Alps as the stand out mountain finishes.

The Tour de France starts a week earlier than usual in 2020, on Saturday June 27, and ends on Sunday July 19, to allow riders to fly to Tokyo for the Olympic Games road race on Saturday July 25.

The likes of Vincenzo Nibali has already hinted that they will target the Giro d'Italia and the hilly Olympic Games road race and therefore miss the Tour de France in 2020 but Chris Froome is working hard to back next year after his terrible crash at the Criterium du Dauphine forced him to miss the 2019 Tour de France. The roads of the 2020 Tour de France will decide if Froome or 2019 winner Egan Bernal emerges as Team Ineos' leader.

Bernal, Alaphilippe, Pinot, Romain Bardet and Froome were all at the route presentation in the Palais des Congres in Paris.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.