Good news for all cycling fans! The organizers of the world’s biggest race, the Tour de France, have decided to postpone the event instead of canceling it due to the Coronavirus crisis. The 2020 Tour de France will take place from August 29 to September 20.
The route remains unchanged, meaning the race will kick off with a three-stage extravaganza in and around Nice, the famous seaside hub of the French Riviera, from August 29 to 31. The peloton will race along the town’s legendary Promenade des Anglais and climb the hills surrounding the town, enjoying breathtaking views of the sparkling Mediterranean below. On August 31, they will even have the chance to walk in the footsteps of Napoleon returning from exile on the island of Elba by tackling the Route Napoleon, which crosses Grasse, capital of perfume.
On September 16, after a few weeks of racing, the cyclists will be well in the alpine stages of the Tour de France. Stage number 17 begins in Grenoble for one of the most trying climbs of the entire event, the Col de la Loze, a 21.5 km ascent with an average slope of 7.8% that connects Méribel and Courchevel . Méribel will also be the starting point for the next stage, on September 17, towards La Roche-sur-Foron and passing through Bourg Saint Maurice, the town just below Les Arcs.
The Etape du Tour, in which amateurs can take the same route as the pros, will also be postponed to a date that has not yet been announced. This year, he will leave Nice to make a loop back to the city via the Col de la Colmiane, the Col de Turini and the Col d’Eze for a total of 177km and 3570m of elevation gain.