Postponed for health reasons linked to the coronavirus, the 107th edition of the Tour de France will take place from Saturday August 29 to Sunday September 20, 2020. Despite the unusual timing, the race will be keeping its original route, covering 3,470 kilometers (2156 miles) through 21 stages, with a kick-off held in Nice.
For the first time ever during times of peace, the Tour de France will not take place in July, but mostly in September! The announcement was made on April 15, 2020. "Following declarations by the President of the Republic indicating that there could not be large-scale events in France before mid-July, with the aim of effectively fighting against the spread of the COVID19 epidemic, the organizers of the Tour de France (...) have decided to postpone the Tour, and it will be held from Saturday August 29 to Sunday September 20, 2020," explains the Tour de France press release.
The meeting retains its original route with 3,470 kilometers (2156 miles)to cover in 21 stages. For the 7th time in its history, the Tour will set off in the far south, starting in the beautiful city of Nice! Challenges will await the runners during the first two stages: a tailor-made cut for sprinters and a steeper second, which represents perfect terrain for climbers!
Final climax on the Champs-Elysées
Centered south, the Grande Boucle will then join the Pyrenees, then northern Auvergne, the Alps and Lyon before finally heading to the grand finale on the Champs-Elysées on Sunday, September 22. Emotion, suspense, adrenaline and an intense race against the clock are certain to be co-cyclists in this race!
Initiated in 1903, the Tour de France is a legendary cycling race of international renown. Created by Henri Desgrange, director of the newspaper l'Auto, a visionary who wanted to create a sporting event to enhance his medium's standing and increase sales.
The Tour de France has become a beloved tradition, held every year for over a hundred years (apart from during the two world wars). Cyclists from all over the world come to fight to win the famous (and famously coveted) yellow jersey! The event is broadcast in no less than 190 countries and followed by millions of people around the world.
Four riders have won the Tour de France five times: Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.
Admire the inimitable beauty of the French countryside
The Tour is the ideal opportunity for spectators and supporters to admire the diversity and the beauty of French landscapes, from craggy coasts regions and charming coastlines, to soaring mountains, lush farms and its picturesque towns and villages. The Tour de France is more than just a tradition: it's a beautiful escape into the heart of France and its riches.
Already singular due to these exceptional circumstances, the 2020 edition promises to be followed with even more attention and fervor than usual!