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Tour de France 2020 route presentation - Live coverage


Good morning and welcome along to the big reveal. Paris' Palais des Congrès is filling up and we're about to be presented with the route for the 2020 Tour de France. We'll be taking you through it right here. 

The lights will go down in the Palais in just five minutes' time. There will be speeches from ASO officials before Christian Prudhomme begins to unveil the 21 stages that will make up next year's Tour. 

If you haven't read this yet, now's your last chance. 

As well as these live updates, you can also watch the real thing for yourself. We have a live stream of the presentation from Paris, and it has literally just started. 

Here we go then! The lights go down, and ASO's speaker - you know the one (ponytail) - walks out onto the stage to tell everyone to turn off their mobile phones. 

First up, riders are being called onto the stage. We have Sam Dumoulin, Alexis Vuillermoz, Anthony Delaplace, Maxime Bouet, Cyril Gautier, Pierre Rolland, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Jade Wiel, Jasper Philipsen, Yoann Offredo, Anthony Turgis, Stephane Rossetto, Christophe Laporte, Rudy Molard, Tony Gallopin....

Pierre Latour is next, followed by Warren Barguil, and now Chris Froome, the four-time champion. The calibre is going up now and we have three-time stage winner Caleb Ewan, followed by a polo-necked Romain Bardet. Next up is Steven Kruijswijk, third this year.

Big cheers now as Thibaut Pinot and Julian Alaphilippe, the two Frenchmen who lit up this year's race, walk onto the stage. They're followed by the champion, Egan Bernal, and that's it for the riders. 

Now it's time for Jean-Etienne Amaury, president of the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which runs the race. He never usually says anything too interesting, but we'll let you know if he does. 

He talks about the environment and women's cycling, but it's wishy-washy on both counts, vaguely highlighting things ASO have done on two issues they arguably haven't done anywhere near enough on.

Amaury is off. Now for the video retrospective of the 2019 edition. Much better. 

This year's Tour was a belter, wasn't it? The memories are coming flooding back...

And now Pinot has to watch himself climbing off his bike in tears, Alaphilippe has to watch himself fall away on the Iseran. Bernal watches himself pull on the yellow jersey and break down in tears himself. What a crazy day that was. 

And that's it, up the Champs, three for Ewan, Colombian national anthem on the podium, and that's a wrap for the 2019 Tour. 

Now for 2020!

Christian Prudhomme, the race director, comes onto the stage. He'll also say a few words before unveiling the route and he usually has something of substance to say. In the past he has used this stage to call for bans on power metres and tramadol. 

Reminder that you can follow this presentation with your own eyes, with our live streaming. Here's the link to the video

Prudhomme begins with an ode to Nice, the city on the Côte d'Azur that will host the Grand Départ of the 2020 Tour. And we now have a video about Nice.

We've got our hands on the route map. Here it is, ladies and gentlemen. 

This map confirms that once again the rumours were largely accurate. The race will start in Nice before heading into the mountains to the north, on the southern edge of the Alps. From there, it's across to the Pyrenees, then up the east coast for the first rest day, the back across the Massif Central en route to the Alps, where the headline act is the summit finish on the all-new Col de la Loze. Finally, penultimate-day the time trial up La Planche des Belles Filles is happening. That's going to be one of the most hotly-anticipated Tour time trials in recent history. 

That Planche stage is the only time trial on the 2020 Tour route. No team time trial, no prologue, and not even a short ITT for the rouleurs. It's perhaps the furthest ASO have gone in their war on the rouleurs. It's a climber's edition, but it's not all set-piece high-mountain stages in the Alps and Pyrenees. There's plenty of time in the Massif Central and an even spread of hills, with very few purely flat days, where the race could feasibly open up at any moment. In other words, they saw what Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot did this year and thought 'we want more of that'. 

Here it is. Stephen Farrand's full story on the route 

The Mayor of Nice has just been on, talking about... Nice? Not sure, was writing about the route. Anyway, Prudhomme is back and he's about to show us the route. We already have it, but he's about to go through it stage by stage. 

We already know what the first two stages look like - these were confirmed some time ago.

Stage 3: Nice-Sisteron (198km)

Stage 4: Sisteron-Orcières-Merlette (157km)

Stage 5: Gap-Privas (183km)

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

Stage 7: Millai-Lavaur (168km)

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

Stage 9: Pau-Laruns (154km)

Rest day - July 6

Stage 10: Ile d’Oléron-Ile de Ré (170km)

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

Stage 12: Chauvigny-Sarran (218km)

Stage 13: Châtel-Guyon-Puy Mary (191km)

Stage 14: Clermont Ferrand-Lyon (197km)

Stage 15: Lyon-Grand Colombier (175km)

Rest day 2 - July 13

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

Stage 17: Grenoble – Méribel, Col de la Loze (168km)

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

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

Stage 20: Lure – La Planche des Belles Filles (ITT, 36km)

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

That's it then, that's your route. For the full details, here's our story. 

We also have the reveal of the route for La Course, and this year it's heading back to Paris and the Champs Elysées. 

My colleague Stephen Farrand has grabbed a word with Team Ineos boss Dave Braislford behind the scenes at the Palais. 

And here's what Julian Alaphilippe has to say...

After this year's exploits, will Alaphilippe be making a target of the general classification?

Let's hear from the 2019 champion, Egan Bernal

Here's our story with Brailsford's reaction

Here are some of the riders on stage a little earlier

The TDF route presentation is an annual showcase of the general inability of professional cyclists to dress up-  you have to remember that these guys spend most days of the year either wearing lycra or a tracksuit. This year's crop isn't actually that bad, compared to what we've seen in the last few years, but it's still bad, obviously. Ewan, tie askew, looks like a mischievous sixth-former... Similarly, Bernal's popped his dad's suit on for the prom. Kruijswijk has fallen into the trap of wearing a smart jacket with blue denim. Froome... is just Froome - we see this look every year. Pinot, Alaphilippe, Barguil are on work experience at the local accountants, it seems. And that leaves Bardet - what to make of that? He's the only one who has put in any real amount of thought or effort, but you can see on his face he knows it hasn't worked. 

We've got some reaction from Pinot now. The Frenchman was in such a good position this year - he thought he was going to win it - but left the race in tears with a muscle tear on stage 19. 

We've got reaction from four-time champion Chris Froome. 

Here's the full story on Froome, who said that just to make it to the start line in Nice next July would represent an "incredible" achievement, given the injuries he sustained in June. Here's the link

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