Tour de France: the stages that will decide the yellow jersey

We review the great mountain stages that will pass through the Pyrenees, the Central Massif, the Jura, the Alps and the Vosges and that could decide the winner of the 2020 Tour de France.


The 2020 Tour de France kicks off this Saturday in Nice with great prominence for climbers. With just 36 kilometers of time trial and the always feared possibility of days of fans or mishaps in the peloton, the specialists in the mountain rub their hands, since this edition of the Tour presents routes with very hard days in the mountainous areas of France. Below we review the mountain stages that can decide the yellow jersey.

Stage 2: Nice - Nice (186 kilometers, Sunday 30th August)

The first contact of the peloton with the high mountains will take place in the second stage with a route of 186 kilometers, starting and finishing in Nice. The road will gradually go upwards in the first 45 kilometers before starting the first climb of the day, Col de la Colmiane, first class with its 16.3 kilometers at 6.3% of average slope with constant sections of 6- 7%. After their descent, the cyclists will face another tough climb to Col de Turini, first class with its 14.9 kilometers at 7.4% and ramps of up to 11%. A rapid descent will take the runners to Nice to ascend the Col d'Èze (2nd category, 7.8 km. At 6.1%) and make a first pass through the finish line before ascending the Col des Quatres Chemins to face the finish final.

Stage 4: Sisteron - Orcières-Merlette (160 kilometers, Tuesday 1 September)

The peloton will face the first high finish of this Tour de France in the fourth stage of 160 kilometers between Sisteron and Orcières-Merlette. The route will present some traps for the peloton with the ascents to Col du Festre (3rd, 7.6 km. At 5.3%), the Côte de Corps (4th, 2.2 km. At 6.3%), the Côte de l'Aullagnier (3rd, 3 km. At 6.4%) and the Côte de Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes (3rd, 2.8 km. At 6.8%) before the final climb to Orcières- Merlette, first class with its 7.1 kilometers at 6.7% and ramps up to 8% .

Stage 6: Le Teil - Mont Aigoual (191 kilometers, Thursday 3 September)

New finish high on the sixth stage over a 191 kilometer route between Le Teil and Mont Aigual. The first 140 kilometers hardly pose problems for cyclists, before tackling the climbs to Cap de Coste (3rd, 2.1 km. At 7.3%) and Col des Mourèzes (3rd, 6.1 km. 4.8%). From here the race will get tougher with the final chain that will begin with the ascent to Col de la Lusette, first class with its 11.7 kilometers at 7.3% and zones of 11% and, with hardly any descent, the climb end to Mont Aigual, with 8.3 kilometers at 4% .

Stage 8: Cazères-Sur-Garonne - Loudenville (141 kilometers, Saturday 5 September)

The first great day of the Pyrenees will take place on the eighth stage with a short but demanding route of 141 kilometers between Cazères-sur-Garonne and the finish to Loudenvielle. The first 50 kilometers will not put cyclists in much trouble until Col de Menté enters the scene, first class with its 6.9 kilometers at 8.1%. After their descent, the cyclists will have a favorable terrain before facing the climb to the great colossus of the day, the Port de Balès, the first Hors Categorie port of this edition with its 11.7 kilometers at 7.7% and several kilometers at 10% . A long descent will take the runners up to the Col de Peyresourde, first class with its 9.7 kilometers at 7.8%, where after crowning the cyclists they will face a rapid descent towards the finish of Loudenvielle.

Stage 9: Pau - Laruns (153 kilometers, Sunday 6 September)

New Pyrenean day in the ninth stage of the Tour over a 153 kilometer route between Pau and Laruns. The first 50 kilometers are presented with the Côte d'Artiguelouve (4th, 2.3 km. At 4.5%) as the main difficulty before the first serious climb of the day, the Col de la Hourcère, first class with its 11 , 1 kilometer at 8.8% and zones at 11%, and which will enchant with the ascent to Col de Soudet (3rd category with 3.8 km. At 8.5% and ramps at 11%). From there they will have a long descent to Arette to ride on favorable terrain with Col d'Ichère (3rd, 4.2 km. At 7%) as the main difficulty before reaching Escot to face the last climb of the day to Col de Marie Blanque, first category with 7.7 kilometers at 8.6% with four final kilometers without dropping 10%. After crowning, the runners will face the descent towards the Laruns finish line.

Stage 13: Châtel-Guyon - Puy Mary Cantal (191.5 kilometers, Friday September 11)

The peloton enters the Massif Central and does so with a very tough stage of 191.5 kilometers between Châtel-Guyon and the Puy Mary, in the Pas de Peyrol. After the first 25 kilometers, the first difficulty of the day will arrive, the Col de Ceyssat, first class with its 10.2 kilometers at 6.1%. After a favorable zone, the runners will ascend Col de Guéry (3rd, 7.8 km. At 5%) and Montée de la Stèle (2nd, 6.8 km. At 5.7%). After several kilometers of downhill and flat, the runners will climb the Côte de l'Estiade (3rd, 3.7 km. At 6.9%) before tackling the final three climbs in the last kilometers to the Côte d'Anglard- de-Salers (3.5 km at 6.9%), the Col de Neronne (2nd, 3.8 km. at 9.1%) and the ascent of the Puy Mary, first class with its 5.4 kilometers at 8.1% and 2.4 final kilometers above 11% .

Stage 15: Lyon - Grand Colombier (174.5 kilometers, Sunday 13 September)

The peloton will face the ports of the Jura Massif in the fourteenth stage on a 174.5 route between Lyon and the finish on the Grand Colombier . The first 98 kilometers will be transitional before tackling the demanding climbs to the Montée de la Selle de Fromentel, first class with its 11.1 kilometers at 8.1% and ramps of up to 22%, and, after its descent, Col de la Biche, first category with its 6.9 kilometers at 8.9% and areas above 11%. A quick descent will take the cyclists to Culoz to face the final climb to the Grand Colombiere, Hors Categorie pass with its 17.4 kilometers at 7.1% and several sections with 12% ramps .

Stage 16: La Tour-du-Pin - Villard-de-Lans (164 kilometers, Tuesday 15 September)

The last week of the Tour will begin with the peloton approaching the Alps on a 164 kilometer day between La-Tour-du -Pn and Villard-de-Lans. The first kilometers will have the Côte de Virieu (4th, 2.3 km at 6.8%) as the main difficulty before the road begins to chop up towards the first hard pass of the day, the Col de Porte (2nd, 7 , 4 km. At 6.8%). A long rapid descent will take the runners to the Côte de Revel (2nd, 6 km. At 8%) before rolling on a more favorable terrain before the final kilometers with the climb to Montée de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte , of the first category with its 11.1 kilometers at 6.5%. From here they will have several favorable kilometers before the end, going upwards at Villard-de-Lans (3rd, 2.2 km. At 6.5%).

Stage 17: Grenoble - Col de la Loze (170 kilometers, Wednesday 16 September)

The great day of the Alps, and possibly the queen stage of the Tour, will take place on the sixteenth day on a 170 route between Grenoble and the climb to the unpublished Col de la Loze. The runners will have a calm first 90 kilometers before running into one of the colossi of the Alps, the Col de la Madeleine, Hors Categorie pass with its 17.1 kilometers at 8.4% and several zones at 10%. From here you will face a long descent that will take you through favorable terrain before the road begins to chop upwards before starting the final climb to Col de la Loze, Hors Categorie pass with its 21.5 to 7.8% slope average with 4.5 final kilometers that do not fall below 9% and in which the runners must face ramps of 24% before reaching the top at 2,304 meters, being the Souvenir Henri Desgrange of this edition (the port that is crowned highest in each Tour de France) .

Stage 18: Méribel - La Roche-sur-Foron (175 kilometers, Thursday 17 September)

The triptych of the Alps will close with another demanding stage of 175 kilometers between Méribel and La Roche-sur-Foron. Almost at the start the runners will have to face the climb to the Cormet de Roselend, first category with its 18.6 kilometers at 6.1%. After an interrupted descent for several kilometers with the ascent to the Côte de la route des Villes (3rd, 3.2 km. At 6.6%), the runners will ascend Col des Saisies (2nd, 14.6 km. To 6, 4%) and after their descent they will face another hard climb, the Col des Aravis, first class with its 6.7 kilometers at 7%. After several favorable kilometers, the cyclists will reach the greatest difficulty of the day, the climb to the Montée du Plateau des Glières, the Hors Categorie pass with its 6 kilometers at 11.2% and ramps of up to 15%. From here they will face a rapid descent in the direction of Col des Fleuries (not scoring), from where they will head to the finish line of La Roche-sur-Foron.

Stage 20: Lure - La Planche des Belles Filles (CRI 36.2 kilometers, Saturday 19 September)

The 2020 Tour de France will put the icing on the cake before the triumphal ride in Paris with an atypical 36.2 kilometer time trial between Lure and La Planche des Belles Filles. The first 14 kilometers will be ideal for riders, although the route will get tougher in the next 15 kilometers to Plancher-les-Mines, where the final climb to La Planche des Belles Filles will begin, first class with its 5.9 kilometers at 8, 5% and a final ramp at 20% that will crown the virtual winner of the Tour de France.

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