2020 Tour de France

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2020 Tour de France
2020 UCI World Tour, race 12 of 23
Map of France with the route of the 2020 Tour de France
Route of the 2020 Tour de France
Race details
Dates29 August — 20 September[1]
Stages21
Distance3,484.2 km (2,165 mi)
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The 2020 Tour de France is the 107th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's three Grand Tours. Originally scheduled to start on 27 June 2020, it was postponed until 29 August 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic in France.[2]

Postponement[edit]

The 2020 Tour was in jeopardy of being cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic[3] resulting in a virtual Tour being held using Zwift.[4] On 14 April the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced the start of the 2020 Tour would be postponed to 29 August, with the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España to follow in October.[5]

Teams[edit]

The team presentation in Nice

The 2020 Tour de France peloton consists of 22 teams. All nineteen UCI WorldTeams were entitled, and obliged, to enter the race.[6] Additionally, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the organisers of the Tour, invited three second-tier UCI ProTeams to participate in the event. The teams were announced on 7 January 2020. With every team fielding a squad of eight riders, that meant 176 riders started in the race in Nice.[7]

The teams participating in the race are:

UCI WorldTeams

UCI ProTeams


Pre-race favourites[edit]

Bernal at the 2019 Tour de France

Pre-race predictions in the media, as well as by the bookmakers, on the general classification, changed with the postponement of the Tour. Ineos Grenadiers's Egan Bernal, the defending champion, will seek to win a second consecutive title. Bernal's teammates, Geraint Thomas, who won in 2018, as well as four-time Tour winner Chris Froome, both are not participating after sub-par showings in the Critérium du Dauphiné. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama–FDJ), who was among the top contenders the previous year but had to abandon due to injury, is another top contender. Team Jumbo–Visma's duo of Primož Roglič, winner of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana, and Tom Dumoulin are also seen as top contenders, as was their teammate Steven Kruijswijk, who finished third the previous year, but had to withdraw from this year's race following an injury sustained in the Critérium du Dauphiné a few weeks prior to the Tour's start. Other riders considered as top contenders include: Miguel Ángel López (Astana), Romain Bardet, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora–Hansgrohe), who finished fourth in the previous year's Tour, Mikel Landa (Bahrain–McLaren), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Daniel Martínez (winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné), Nairo Quintana (Arkéa–Samsic), Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), who finished third in the 2019 Vuelta a España, Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema (Trek–Segafredo).[8][9] One of many outside contenders is Julian Alaphilippe, who surprisingly wore the yellow jersey for 14 days the previous year and managed to finish fifth, but the Frenchman confirmed that his focus would be on winning stages and not targeting the general classification.[10]

For the points classification, the big favorite is Slovakian Peter Sagan of Bora–Hansgrohe, who holds the record for the most wins of the points classification with seven. Despite this, there are many sprinters at the start of this Tour de France. Some of the other top favorites include Sam Bennett (Deceuninck–Quick-Step); Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling), who won the Italian National Road Race Championships and the European Road Race Championships in the build-up to the Tour; Caleb Ewan (Lotto–Soudal), who won three stages the previous year; and Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo–Visma), winner of the 2020 Strade Bianche and 2020 Milan–San Remo. Other contenders are: Elia Viviani (Cofidis), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain–McLaren), and Matteo Trentin (CCC Team).[11] However, according to Thierry Gouvenou, the director of competitions for ASO, the winner of the points classification may well be a general classification rider, due to the very mountainous profile of the Tour and the low number of stages suitable for the sprinters.[citation needed]

Three cyclists waiting with their bicycles in front of several others or more, with each of the three wearing white, yellow and green jerseys
Leaders of the young rider, general and points classifications Egan Bernal, Julian Alaphilippe and Peter Sagan, respectively, lining up before stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France

Many contenders for the mountains classification were mentioned, given that it tends to be very open and hard to predict. Among the participants are the past three winners: 2017 winner Warren Barguil (Arkéa–Samsic), 2018 winner Julian Alaphilippe, and 2019 winner Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale). Other notable top contenders include: Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale); Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels–Vital Concept); Ilnur Zakarin and Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team), Guillaume Martin and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis); Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation); Thomas De Gendt and Tim Wellens (Lotto–Soudal); Adam Yates (Mitchelton–Scott); Tiesj Benoot (Team Sunweb), Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Énergie); and Davide Formolo and David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates).[12] General classification riders usually do well in the mountains classification too and are also seen as possible contenders.[citation needed]

The two main favorites for the young rider classification seem to be defending champion Egan Bernal and Tour debutant Tadej Pogačar. Bernal's teammate Pavel Sivakov, as well as Colombian duo Sergio Higuita and Daniel Martínez (EF Pro Cycling), and David Gaudu (Groupama–FDJ) are also expected to do well in this classification.[citation needed]

Two teams are considered the front-runners for the teams classification, and both are characterized by multiple general classification contenders as well as strong climbing domestiques. Ineos Grenadiers are led by defending champion Bernal and Carapaz; they previously won this classification in 2017. The British-based team are expected to be challenged by Team Jumbo–Visma, led by Roglič and Dumoulin, as well as EF Pro Cycling and Trek–Segafredo. Movistar Team, which has won the teams classification in four of the last five Tours, are also expected to challenge for the classification despite losing several of their general classification leaders to other teams.[citation needed]

Route and stages[edit]

The start of the 2020 Tour (known as the Grand Départ) took place in Nice.[13] This was the second occasion that the city has held the Grand Départ, the first being for the 1981 Tour de France. This was the 36th occasion on which the Tour de France has visited Nice,[14] and the first time since the 2013 Tour de France.[15] For the third time in the last ten editions, including this one, this year's race will take place entirely within France.[16]

Stage characteristics and winners[17][18]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 29 August Nice to Nice 156 km (97 mi) Flat stage  Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
2 30 August Nice to Nice 186 km (116 mi) Medium mountain stage  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
3 31 August Nice to Sisteron 198 km (123 mi) Flat stage  Caleb Ewan (AUS)
4 1 September Sisteron to Orcières-Merlette 160.5 km (99.7 mi) Hilly stage  Primož Roglič (SLO)
5 2 September Gap to Privas 183 km (114 mi) Flat stage  Wout van Aert (BEL)
6 3 September Le Teil to Mont Aigoual 191 km (119 mi) Hilly stage  Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)
7 4 September Millau to Lavaur 168 km (104 mi) Flat stage  Wout van Aert (BEL)
8 5 September Cazères to Loudenvielle 141 km (88 mi) Mountain stage  Nans Peters (FRA)
9 6 September Pau to Laruns 153 km (95 mi) Mountain stage  Tadej Pogačar (SLO)
7 September Charente-Maritime Rest day
10 8 September Île d'Oléron to Île de Ré 168.5 km (104.7 mi) Flat stage  Sam Bennett (IRL)
11 9 September Châtelaillon-Plage to Poitiers 167 km (104 mi) Flat stage  Caleb Ewan (AUS)
12 10 September Chauvigny to Sarran 218 km (135 mi) Hilly stage  Marc Hirschi (SUI)
13 11 September Châtel-Guyon to Puy Mary 191.5 km (119.0 mi) Medium mountain stage  Daniel Martínez (COL)
14 12 September Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon 194 km (121 mi) Flat stage  Søren Kragh Andersen (DEN)
15 13 September Lyon to Grand Colombier 174.5 km (108.4 mi) Mountain stage  Tadej Pogačar (SLO)
14 September Isère Rest day
16 15 September La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans 164 km (102 mi) Mountain stage  Lennard Kämna (GER)
17 16 September Grenoble to Méribel (Col de la Loze) 170 km (110 mi) Mountain stage  Miguel Ángel López (COL)
18 17 September Méribel to La Roche-sur-Foron 175 km (109 mi) Mountain stage  Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)
19 18 September Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole 166.5 km (103.5 mi) Flat stage
20 19 September Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles 36.2 km (22.5 mi) Mountain time trial
21 20 September Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris (Champs-Élysées) 122 km (76 mi) Flat stage
Total 3,484.2 km (2,165.0 mi)

Race overview[edit]

Classification leadership and minor prizes[edit]

Four main individual classifications and a team competition are being contested in the race. The most important is the general classification, calculated by adding each rider's finishing times on each stage.[19] Time bonuses (time subtracted) are awarded at the end of every stage apart from the time trial stages. The first three riders receive 10, 6, and 4 seconds, respectively.[20] In an effort to animate racing in the general classification, time bonuses of 8, 5, and 2 seconds respectively are also awarded for the first three riders across a mountain summit, given out on eight climbs. These occur on stages 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16, and 18.[20] For crashes within the final 3 km (1.9 mi) of a stage, not including time trials and summit finishes, any rider involved would receive the same time as the group he was in when the crash occurred.[21] The rider with the lowest cumulative time is the winner of the general classification and is considered to be the overall winner of the Tour.[22] Additionally, there is a points classification. Riders receive points for finishing among the highest placed in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints during the stage. The points available for each stage finish are determined by the stage's type, and sprints, with the first fifteen places in all receiving points. In flat stages, 50 points are given to the stage winner, down to 2 points for 15th place. In hilly stages, the winner gains 30 points, also down to 2 points. In mountain stages, individual time trials and intermediate sprints, 20 points are given to the winners, down to 1 point.[19] The cyclist with the most points leads the classification, and is identified with a green jersey.[19]

There is also a mountains classification. Most stages of the race includes one or more categorised climbs, in which points are awarded to the riders that reaches the summit first. The climbs are categorised as fourth-, third-, second-, and first-category and hors catégorie, with the more difficult climbs rated lower. Mountains ranked hors catégorie give 20 points to the first rider to cross the summit, down to 2 points to the 8th cyclist. For first-category climbs, 6 riders receive points, with 10 for the first rider to reach the summit. Second-, third- and fourth-category climbs give 5, 2 and 1 points to the first rider respectively.[20] Double points are awarded at the top of the Méribel Col de la Loze in the seventeenth stage, the highest point in the 2020 Tour at 2,304 m (7,559 ft) above sea level.[20] The cyclist with the most points leads the classification, wearing a white jersey with red polka dots.[19]

The final individual classification is the young rider classification. This is calculated the same way as the general classification, but only riders under 26 years are eligible. This means that in order to compete in the classification, a rider has to be born after 1 January 1995.[20] The leader wears a white jersey.[19]

The classification for the teams is calculated by adding together the times of the first three cyclists of a team on each stage; the leading team is the one with the lowest cumulative time. The number of stage victories and placings per team determines the outcome of a tie.[20] The riders on the team that led this classification are identified with yellow number bibs on the back of their jerseys and yellow helmets.[19]

In addition, there is a combativity award given after each stage to the rider considered, by a jury, to have "made the greatest effort and who demonstrated the best qualities of sportsmanship".[20] No combativity awards are given for the time trials and the final stage.[20] The winner wears a red number bib for the following stage.[19] At the conclusion of the Tour, the overall super-combativity award will be awarded by a jury.[20]

A total of €2,293,000 is awarded in cash prizes in the race.[23] The overall winner of the general classification receives €500,000, with the second and third placed riders getting €200,000 and €100,000 respectively.[24] All finishers in the top 160 are awarded money.[24] The holders of the classifications benefit on each stage they led; the final winners of the points and mountains are given €25,000, while the best young rider and most combative rider get €20,000.[25] The team classification winners earn €50,000.[23] €11,000 is given to the winners of each stage of the race, with smaller amounts given to places 2–20.[24] There is also a special award with a prize of €5000: the Souvenir Henri Desgrange, given to the first rider to pass the summit of the highest climb in the Tour, the Col de la Loze on stage 17.[23]

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
A yellow jersey.
Points classification
A green jersey.
Mountains classification
A white jersey with red polka dots.
Young rider classification
A white jersey.
Team classification
A white jersey with a yellow number bib.
Combativity award
A white jersey with a red number bib.
1 Alexander Kristoff Alexander Kristoff Alexander Kristoff Fabien Grellier Mads Pedersen Trek–Segafredo Michael Schär
2 Julian Alaphilippe Julian Alaphilippe Benoît Cosnefroy Marc Hirschi Benoît Cosnefroy
3 Caleb Ewan Peter Sagan Jérôme Cousin
4 Primož Roglič Tadej Pogačar EF Pro Cycling Krists Neilands
5 Wout van Aert Adam Yates Sam Bennett Wout Poels
6 Alexey Lutsenko Nicolas Roche
7 Wout van Aert Peter Sagan Egan Bernal Daniel Oss
8 Nans Peters Nans Peters
9 Tadej Pogačar Primož Roglič Movistar Team Marc Hirschi
10 Sam Bennett Sam Bennett Stefan Küng
11 Caleb Ewan Mathieu Ladagnous
12 Marc Hirschi Marc Hirschi
13 Daniel Martínez Tadej Pogačar EF Pro Cycling Maximilian Schachmann
14 Søren Kragh Andersen Stefan Küng
15 Tadej Pogačar Movistar Team Pierre Rolland
16 Lennard Kämna Richard Carapaz
17 Miguel Ángel López Tadej Pogačar Julian Alaphilippe
18 Michał Kwiatkowski Richard Carapaz Marc Hirschi
19
20 no award
21
Final
  • On stage 2, Peter Sagan, who was third in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Alexander Kristoff wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification, and second placed Mads Pedersen wore the white jersey as the leader of the young rider classification.
  • On stage 18, Enric Mas, who was second in the young rider classification, wore the white jersey, because first placed Tadej Pogačar wore the polka-dot jersey as the leader of the mountains classification.

Current standings[edit]

Legend
A yellow jersey. Denotes the leader of the general classification[26] A white jersey with red polka dots. Denotes the leader of the mountains classification[26]
A green jersey. Denotes the leader of the points classification[26] A white jersey. Denotes the leader of the young rider classification[26]
A white jersey with a yellow number bib. Denotes the leader of the team classification[26] A white jersey with a red number bib. Denotes the winner of the combativity award[26]

General classification[edit]

General classification after Stage 18 (1–10)[27]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Primož Roglič (SLO) A yellow jersey. Team Jumbo–Visma 79h 45' 30"
2  Tadej Pogačar (SLO) A white jersey. UAE Team Emirates + 57"
3  Miguel Ángel López (COL) Astana + 1' 27"
4  Richie Porte (AUS) Trek–Segafredo + 3' 06"
5  Mikel Landa (ESP) Bahrain–McLaren + 3' 28"
6  Enric Mas (ESP) A white jersey with a yellow number bib. Movistar Team + 4' 19"
7  Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton–Scott + 5' 55"
8  Rigoberto Urán (COL) EF Pro Cycling + 6' 05"
9  Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Jumbo–Visma + 7' 24"
10  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) A white jersey with a yellow number bib. Movistar Team + 12' 12"

Points classification[edit]

Points classification after Stage 18 (1–10)[27]
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Sam Bennett (IRL) A green jersey. Deceuninck–Quick-Step 298
2  Peter Sagan (SVK) Bora–Hansgrohe 246
3  Matteo Trentin (ITA) CCC Team 235
4  Bryan Coquard (FRA) B&B Hotels–Vital Concept 171
5  Caleb Ewan (AUS) Lotto–Soudal 158
6  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Deceuninck–Quick-Step 150
7  Wout van Aert (BEL) Team Jumbo–Visma 142
8  Tadej Pogačar (SLO) A white jersey. UAE Team Emirates 123
9  Michael Mørkøv (DEN) Deceuninck–Quick-Step 120
10  Primož Roglič (SLO) A yellow jersey. Team Jumbo–Visma 101

Mountains classification[edit]

Mountains classification after Stage 18 (1–10)[27]
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Richard Carapaz (ECU) A white jersey with red polka dots. Ineos Grenadiers 74
2  Tadej Pogačar (SLO) A white jersey. UAE Team Emirates 72
3  Primož Roglič (SLO) A yellow jersey. Team Jumbo–Visma 67
4  Marc Hirschi (SUI) A white jersey with a red number bib. Team Sunweb 62
5  Miguel Ángel López (COL) Astana 51
6  Benoît Cosnefroy (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale 36
7  Pierre Rolland (FRA) B&B Hotels–Vital Concept 36
8  Nans Peters (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale 32
9  Richie Porte (AUS) Trek–Segafredo 28
10  Lennard Kämna (GER) Bora–Hansgrohe 27

Young rider classification[edit]

Young rider classification after Stage 18 (1–10)[27]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Tadej Pogačar (SLO) A white jersey. UAE Team Emirates 79h 46' 27"
2  Enric Mas (ESP) A white jersey with a yellow number bib. Movistar Team + 3' 22"
3  Valentin Madouas (FRA) Groupama–FDJ + 1h 35' 35"
4  Daniel Martínez (COL) EF Pro Cycling + 1h 51' 32"
5  Lennard Kämna (GER) Bora–Hansgrohe + 2h 10' 21"
6  Harold Tejada (COL) Astana + 2h 29' 13"
7  Niklas Eg (DEN) Trek–Segafredo + 2h 42' 01"
8  Marc Hirschi (SUI) A white jersey with a red number bib. Team Sunweb + 2h 43' 00"
9  Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling + 2h 56' 52"
10  Pavel Sivakov (RUS) Ineos Grenadiers + 4h 06' 17"

Team classification[edit]

Team classification after Stage 18 (1–10)[27]
Rank Team Time
1 Movistar Team A white jersey with a yellow background on the number bib. 239h 23' 11"
2 Team Jumbo–Visma + 24' 36"
3 Bahrain–McLaren + 58' 47"
4 EF Pro Cycling + 1h 15' 27"
5 Ineos Grenadiers + 1h 26' 17"
6 Trek–Segafredo + 1h 39' 28"
7 Astana + 1h 39' 58"
8 AG2R La Mondiale + 2h 53' 41"
9 UAE Team Emirates + 3h 10' 46"
10 Groupama–FDJ + 3h 19' 59"

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