2020 Tour de France route rumors

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Question is whether they'll be able to resist the Col de a Loze. Knowing ASO probably not as long as they can figure out the space question.

would make a lot of sense as the Souvenir Henri Desgrange. No higher cols are likely, anyway. With Tourmalet probably the second highest col, IF there is indeed a second stage in the Pyrenees.

Let's hope the Méribel stage will be longer than the Tour de l'Avenir one, though...
 
OK, latest rumours:
Sisteron will have both a stage finish and start (3/4)
Finish in Orcières-Merlette on stage 4!!
Finish on Mont Aigoual (probably not by the col de la Lusette)
Penultimate stage will end on la Planche des Belles Filles, some suspect it will be an itt.

So we would have then:
Stage 1: Nice - Nice (flat/hilly)
Stage 2: Nice - Nice (mountainous)
Stage 3: Nice - Sisteron (flat or hilly)
Stage 4: Sisteron - Orcières-Merlette (medium mountains + mtf)
Stage 5: Gap - Privas (flat/hilly)
Stage 6: ?? - Mont Aigoual (Montevergine-style MTF)
Stage 7: Millau - near Toulouse (flat/ maybe some hills)
Stage 8: Cazères - Loudenvielle (Menté + Port de Balès + Peyresourde)
Stage 9: 2nd Pyrenean stage, likely mtf to Hautacam or Luz Ardiden
rest day
Stage 10: Ile d'Olèron - Ile de Ré (flat, crosswinds)
Stage 11: Chatelaillon-Plage - Poitiers (flat, crosswinds)
Stage 12: Chauvigny - Sarran (flat - hilly)
Stage 13: Chatel-Guyon - Pas de Peyrol (medium mountains + mtf)
Stage 14: Clermont-Ferrand - Lyon (flat-hilly)

The Alps are still one big question mark.

Stage 19: ??? - Champagnole
Stage 20: ?? - PdBF
Stage 21: Champs Elysées
 
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I for one hope PDBF doesn't show up again next year. It was a cool gimmick but in hindsight that's what it was, a gimmick.

Now, if you said there would be a 100km gravel stage in the Lozere, with gravel bikes, I'm all for that...
 
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This might be no surprise but it seems to me ASO is trying to make a route more or less tailor made for Alaphillippe.

Three medium mountain MTF's and an MTT on Planche? Combined with a possibility of crosswinds on several stages and lots of lumpy stages. Depending on how the high mountain stages pans out Alaphillippe might actually possess a chance.

Concerning the Pyreneers: I remember a rumour of a stage finish to Couraduque?

Are there no rumors of ITT's except for the one on Planche?
 
Did people just ignore the Alps this year?

If the route sucks that much they'll just frigging bury Alaphilippe as early as the Turini.

Not to mention I'm gonna drown kittens if the Tour truly makes a route like that and people tell me how the Tour is the biggest race in the world.
 
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If ASO really wants Alaphilippe to contend for victory, then the alps should be a a short time trial with hills and technical descent.

Then some big mountains with very tricky downhills before the finish line.

It would not be a traditional Tour de France, but it would for sure be a great show! A course without long TTs and/or big mountain finishes would give a lot of riders the chance to contend for overall victory and it should turn into a lot of crazy racing.
 
^ Agreed. It may not be TDF-worthy, but if the racing is likely better, who cares?

Are there no rumors of ITT's except for the one on Planche?
Nope - no rumors at all. It's very like the only ITT, seeing as ASO was actually pushing for it to be an ITT with the local government.

Did people just ignore the Alps this year?

If the route sucks that much they'll just frigging bury Alaphilippe as early as the Turini.
Alaphilippe wasted loads of energy in a couple stages, didn't sleep well due to the yellow target on his back, etc. I think he could be fine if Turini and Balès are the hardest climbs in the race.


And let's for God's sake hope that there is no PdBD next year.
Don't they have some kind of deal in place until 2023? Someone on Le Gruppetto mentioned something to that effect. Could be the department Haute-Saône , though, but I suppose the locals prefer a finish on that climb every. single. time.

I have no issue with an ITT that finishes on PdBF. In fact, I would welcome it. Problem is that they could make it very short. 19-21 kms if they start in Belfort. A long TT with more climbs than just the MTF could be epic by TDF standards.
 
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Don't they have some kind of deal in place until 2023? Someone on Le Gruppetto mentioned something to that effect. Could be the department Haute-Saône , though, but I suppose the locals prefer a finish on that climb every. single. time.

I have no issue with an ITT that finishes on PdBF. In fact, I would welcome it. Problem is that they could make it very short. 19-21 kms if they start in Belfort. A long TT with more climbs than just the MTF could be epic by TDF standards.
5 years in row with finishes at Belle Filles? Jeez, hope that isn't true!

The Alps really have a potential for better stages. There are far more options here than in the Pyrenees, but they are rarely used.
 
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This might be no surprise but it seems to me ASO is trying to make a route more or less tailor made for Alaphillippe.

Three medium mountain MTF's and an MTT on Planche? Combined with a possibility of crosswinds on several stages and lots of lumpy stages. Depending on how the high mountain stages pans out Alaphillippe might actually possess a chance.

Concerning the Pyreneers: I remember a rumour of a stage finish to Couraduque?

Are there no rumors of ITT's except for the one on Planche?
given how Alap TTed this year, no TTs hurts him
 

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