Tour de France 2020 | Stage 3 (Nice - Sisteron, 198 km)

The second-longest stage of the race, as the Tour finally leaves Nice behind. The profile is the most Vuelta-esque yet, but even so, we should get another sprint.



Start: 12:10
Col du Pilon: 13:39/13:42/13:46
Col de la Faye: 13:51/13:55/14:00
Col des Lèques: 15:08/15:16/15:25
Col de l'Orme: 15:58/16:09/16:21
Intermediate sprint: 16:09/16:20/16:33
Finish: 17:03/17:17/17:33

The stage kicks off with two uncategorised climbs to Gattières and Chateauneuf-Grasse. Shortly after the latter, the main difficulty of the day starts, with the third-category Col du Pilon...

...almost immediately followed by the Col de la Faye, another cat. 3. Given the current mountain classification, we could see the jersey change hands here.

Only the final 5.5k of this profile.

The climbing is not yet over, though, as the stage reaches the highest point of the day at Col de Valferrière, from where a mostly-downhill section brings the riders to the Col de Luens. Both climbs go uncategorised, however. This can not be said of the next climb, the cat. 3 Col des Lèques.

From here, the character of the stage changes dramatically. The final 80k are mostly flat or downhill, with only the easy cat. 4 Col de l'Orme to break things up. The intermediate sprint at Digne-les-Bains follows its descent almost directly.

Nearly flat, and once again on a largely straight road, with a roundabout as the only obstacle in the final 5k. Note that the left-hand side is shorter here, positioning will be key.

General classification after Stage 2
  1. Julian Alaphilippe
  2. Adam Yates + 0.04
  3. Marc Hirschi + 0.07
  4. Sergio Higuita + 0.17
  5. Tadej Pogacar s.t.
  6. Esteban Chaves s.t.
  7. Davide Formolo s.t.
  8. Egan Bernal s.t.
  9. Richard Carapaz s.t.
  10. Tom Dumoulin s.t.
Points classification after Stage 2
  1. Alexander Kristoff 64
  2. Peter Sagan 46
  3. Matteo Trentin 36
  4. Sam Bennett 35
  5. Julian Alaphilippe 30
KOM classification after Stage 2
  1. Benoît Cosnefroy 18
  2. Anthony Perez 18
  3. Michael Gogl 12
  4. Toms Skujins 6
  5. Kasper Asgreen 6
Young riders classification after Stage 2
  1. Marc Hirschi
  2. Sergio Higuita + 0.02
  3. Tadej Pogacar s.t.
  4. Egan Bernal s.t.
  5. Enric Mas s.t.
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Thanks for the OP.

When so many are licking their wounds, want their guy(s) to recover and be there week 3, the BOD has a chance, except that Alaf' will want to protect and the sprinters will want to partake. No GC action. Meh stage, but usually in the Tour we get 4-5-6-7-8 in a row, so one I can live with it.
Ewan, I think, was dead last today. He’s ready. Still Sagan will beat him. He will handle the stage fatigue better.
We'll learn early who thinks they have the legs and who doesn't. If Bora are on the front on the climbs, Sagan is feeling good. If Ewan loses contact on the climbs, Lotto don't currently have the manpower to bring him back. But they also don't have the backup option of Degenkolb, who probably would make the cut.

Maybe it's a deGendt day?



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