Stages Tour de France 2020 - 8/29/2020
Tour postponed to August 29 because of Corona virus.
No Col du Galibier, no Alpe d'Huez, no, Tourmalet, no Col d'Aubisque, no Mont Ventoux...
The Tour 2020 sure doesn't pay tribute to its classics. Lucky there are enough mountains in France, and, if they aren't high enough, they just make them higher. Which is what happened with the Planche des Belles Filles a couple of years ago and this year with the Col de la Loze. Or we just take the gravel road like on the Plateau de Glières.
Probably this is what Christian Prud'homme referred to with the "climbs of the 21rst century", the new stars at the horizon. And after all, we can only be happy that new paths to the summits are created, especially if they are exclusive to cyclists, like the Col de la Loze.
Apart from the Col de la Loze, there are three more new climbs on the program: the Col de la Lusette and Suc au May in the Massif central, the Col de la Hourcère in the Pyrenees and a new approach to the Col de la Madeleine. Great new candy for us, climbers, and of course, you find all about them all on Climbbybike. Just for the fun of climbing ;-) .
The Tour 2020 is an a-typical Tour, remaining in the southern half of France until the one but last stage when a time trial to the Planche des Belles Filles will pass the final judgment. A Tour with climbs from the very beginning, in the hinterland of Nice, and a double visit to the Alps. Yet, visiting all five of France's mountain ranges. A Tour with 29 serious climbs and 8 mountain stages with four mountain-top finishes (Orcières-Merlette, Puy Mary, Grand Colombier, Col de la Loze). All in all, a Tour definitely made for climbers.