A MAJOR FIRST IN NICE FOR THE 30th
When the Tour de France takes on a southern accent, mountainous stages can be found on the route right from the start. This will indeed be the case in 2020 with the Grand Départ in Nice taking advantage of the Southern Alps from as early as the second stage. The loop-shaped route will be taken several days after the elite riders by the amateur cyclists who sign up for the Étape du Tour de France. Naturally, it is a challenge made for the climbers among the 16,000 participants expected, because over 177 kilometres of racing the expedition will gobble up a total upward gradient of 3,570 metres. Following the start on the Promenade des Anglais, the participants will draw energy and inspiration from the magnificent setting of the Gorges de la Mescla in the Tinée Valley, before tackling the climb up to the Col de la Colmiane, where Simon Yates was victorious on the 2018 edition of Paris-Nice. Next they will ascend the Col de Turini where Colombian Egan Bernal scored his first success on French roads in the following year’s race. To complete the festival of climbing, the route finishes with the ascent of the Col d’Èze, a landmark of the Race to the Sun, on top of which Eddy Merckx, Joop Zoetemelk and Sean Kelly sealed their victories in the 1970’s and 80’s.
FRENCH RIDERS SCORE A BRACE IN L'ETAPE DU TOUR DE FRANCE!
The 29th edition of l'Étape du Tour de France delivered on its promise. 12,808 riders took on the role of pro cyclists this morning to tackle a 135 km course between Albertville and Val Thorens with three climbs, just a week before the peloton of the Tour de France races on the same roads. It was thanks to their grit and steely determination that the amateurs managed to overcome this daunting challenge. There were few surprises in the fight for the win. The French Cédrick Dubois claimed his maiden victory with a beautiful solo move, with Belgian Tim Alleman and another French, Antoine Berlin, taking the other steps on the podium. Meanwhile, the French Edwige Pitel won L'Étape du Tour de France for the fifth time in a row.
See you in May !