Tour de France 2020: a demanding route
The route of the 2020 Tour de France was presented in Paris today. The 107th edition of the race, which will take place between 27 June and 19 July, will commence with a Grand Depart in Nice. The 21 stages contain 29 categorised climbs as well as six mountain-top finishes. With the first mountain stage already coming on the second day, and the final mountain stage on the penultimate stage, this promises to be a challenging edition of the Tour.
Team Manager Ralph Denk said about the parcours: “The exact details of the route still cannot be fully known, but it appears as though the 2020 Tour de France will definitely be something for the climbers. The route will go into the mountains already from the start, which means that one has to be in good form right from the first day, and keep this up until the mountain time trial on the 20th stage. This is a particular challenge. I think that the stage after the first rest day also has the capacity to bring about changes. After the rest day, some riders experience problems, and in the event of echelons along the coast, riders can lose more time than on a mountain stage. A decisive stage of the race will be after the Place des Belles Filles. At that point, one will need to have enough left in the tank to fight for seconds in the final kilometres of the time trial. Afterwards when we’ll be closer to the German border, I’m of course hoping that many German fans will show up to support Emu. Overall, I think that the route suits Emu. There is only one time trial, and that takes place in the mountains. It will be important to be focussed right from the beginning, and he is capable of doing this. And there are several mountain stages, which will suit him as a climber. Without a team time trial, the composition of the team will also perhaps be slightly simpler for us than it was this year.” - Ralph Denk, Team Manager