Le Tour de France 2020
Due to the situation regarding the COVID-19 (also commonly known as Coronavirus) pandemic, the decision has been made to postpone this year's edition of the Tour de France. Dates for the event have been changed to 29th August to 20th September.
107th edition of Le Tour de France
The 107th edition of the Tour de France in 2020, which will start in Nice, will have six summit finishes including the following:
Stage 17 (16th September 2020) - Grenoble to Méribel, le Col de la Loze, read more about the route for this stage below (168km)
In 2020, Le Tour de France will consist of 21 stages, covering 3,470km in total. The race starts in Nice with the traditional finish in Paris for stage 21 and the final procession to the Champs-Élysées.
The Alpine Stages in 2020
We're excited about the mountain stages of the 2020 Tour with resorts we know well coming to centre stage.
Stage 16, 15th September 2020, 164km - the stage on Bastille day (a bank holiday in France) ends in one of our favourite resorts in Isère, Villard de Lans. This lively mountain village is sure to put on a great show for the Tour and on a national holiday too, this is one not to miss! Accommodation details coming soon.
Stage 18, 16th September 2020, 168km - following a start in Méribel, this stage will take in Beaufort (the village below Arèches-Beaufort), Les Saisies and La Clusaz (Le Grand Bornand just down the road is a great base too), before a finish in La Roche sur Foron. Beautiful surroundings, lively villages and exciting climbs - what's not to love!
Stage 17, 17th September 2020, 168km - this stage finishes above the resort of Méribel, where the Tour hasn't stopped for 47 years, is set to be pretty impressive given that the route has a 15%-20% gradient. After 14km of regular climbing, the Tour will reach Meribel after which it will carry on to the summit of the Col de la Loze on what is actually an old ski lift access road. This steep 7km final climb winds up to 2304m altitude. The route has never been used by the Tour before, it's only been tarmacked recently to link Méribel to Courchevel. It was opened in July 2019. In fact, the route wasn't created just for the Tour, it's been created for the keen cyclists who come to the Alps to try out its more challenging climbs. Look out for details of where to stay in Méribel shortly.
l’Étape du Tour 2020
The l’Étape du Tour is probably the most famous sportive in the world and is the only chance each year to ride the same route as the pro riders in the Tour de France on closed roads - around 15,000 lucky riders get the chance to ride a stage. Each year the Etape du Tour mimics one of the mountain stages of the Tour de France. The Etape du Tour has the same support cars and police outriders as the actual Tour.
The 30th edition of l’Étape du Tour will take place this year. Riders will face a 177km course with an elevation gain of 3570m in the area surrounding Nice.
The Tour de France is one of the most watched events on TV, it’s estimated 3.5 billion people tune in, and it draws huge crowds so if you want to be part of the action, book early to avoid any disappointment. Before the riders arrive, the Tour de France parade gets the whole thing going! The atmosphere builds as the riders whizz by! If you would like a quote for your Tour de France holiday, please complete this form and one of our award-winning alpine experts will be touch.
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