Tour de France 2020 Route Unveiled

Packed with mountains the 2020 Tour de France is aimed to leave the peloton shaken and stirred.

The route of the 2020 Tour de France was unveiled today in Paris in front of a packed auditorium at the Palais des Congrés.

With the usual rumours doing the rounds the course was expected to be designed to further create uncertainty and disrupt the dominance of the GC teams. The presentation certainly proved that was exactly what the organisers had in mind – starting on the French Riviera in Nice it includes 3470km, 29 cols, bookended with mountain stages, the latter an altitude finish TT.

Stages of the Tour de France 2020

DateEtapeKm
27/061. Nice Moyen Pays – Nice156
 
28/062. Nice Haut Pays – Nice187
 
29/063. Nice-Sisteron198
 
30/064. Sisteron – Orcières-Merlette157
 
01/075. Gap-Privas183
 
02/076. Le Teil – Mont Aigoual191
 
03/077. Millau-Lavaur168
 
04/078. Cazères-sur-Garonne – Loudenvielle140
 
05/079. Pau-Laruns154
 
06/07Charente-Maritimes (jour de repos) 
 
07/0710. Le Château d’Oléron – Saint-Martin-de-Ré170
 
08/0711. Châtelaillon-Plage – Poitiers167
 
09/0712. Chauvigny-Sarran218
 
10/0713. Châtel-Guyon – Puy-Mary191
 
11/0714. Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon197
 
12/0715. Lyon – Grand Colombier175
 
13/07Isère (jour de repos) 
 
14/0716. La Tour-du-Pin – Villard-de-Lans164
 
15/0717. Grenoble-Col de la Loze168
 
16/0718. Méribel – La-Roche-sur-Foron168
 
17/0719. Bourg-en-Bresse – Champagnole160
 
18/0720. Lure – La Planche des belles filles (clm)36
 
19/0721. Mantes-la-Jolie – Paris122
 

2019 UCI World Road Championships – Men’s Elite Road Race

Mads Pedersen wins the elite men’s World Championships road race

With torrential rain and winds returning to Yorkshire it was going to be day that pushed the best cyclists in the world to their limits. The strongest proved to be Mads Pedersen who survived the ultimate test to give Denmark its first male winner at the UCI World Championship.

Dane Mads Pedersen wins three-man sprint for the World Championship
Picture SWpix.com

At the end of a cold, wet and unbelievable grueling 262 kilometers, Pedersen showed he was the strongest, beating Matteo Trentin (Italy/Mitchelton-Scott) and Stefan Küng Switzerland/Groupama – FDJ.

“It’s unbelievable. I didn’t expect this when we started this morning. It was an unbelievable day,” said Pedersen struggling to comprehend his feat.

“The team plan was to get me out in the early final (laps) and then (teammates) Valgren and Fuglsang would come from behind. But in the end, they didn’t follow van der Poel and Trentin when they came to my group. From there on it was just survive, survive, survive and then hope for the best in the sprint,” he explained.

The days cold wet conditions saw many of the strongest riders struggling, and a relentless process of attrition saw the peloton started splitting into fragments with many long given up any ambition greater than making it home upright.

The Danish rider had worked his way into an elite group in the last 50km and was one of only three riders still in contention on the very last drag up Parliament Street, Trentin and van der Poel . Van der Poel despite being a strong favourite faltered and t was Trentin who kicked off the sprint for victory. Pederesen had reserves of power and proved the fastest finisher passing the Italian before throwing his arms aloft in triumph to take the rainbow stripes. Tenacious Trentin meanwhile, clung on for second place on the podium with Switzerland’s Stefan Kung crossing the line two seconds back in third.

2019 UCI Road World Championships – Men’s Elite Road Race – Yorkshire, England – Giovanni Visconti of Italy.
Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com
2019 UCI Road World Championships – Men’s Elite Road Race – Yorkshire, England – Matteo Trentin of Italy, Mads Pedersen of Denmark and Stefan Kung of Switzerland on the podium after the Men’s Elite Road Race.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

“I just hoped that when I saw the finish line, all the pain would be gone, and I could do a good sprint. It’s six and a half hours on the bike so everyone is on the limit and so anything could happen in that sprint,” said Pedersen.

“You had to be focused all day and stay in the front all the time. But it’s one of the last races of the season, so it’s all about keeping that focus for six and a half hours and don’t have any bad luck and hope for the best. This is every rider’s dream to wear this jersey – for me to do it now? It’s unbelievable.”

Men’s Elite Road Race Results:

74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 13

Stage 13: Bilbao to Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega, 166.4km

Pogačar doubles up on Alto de Los Machucos

La Vuelta Stage 13 Tadej POGACAR (SLO) beats Primož Roglič
Photo: Luis Angel Gomez ©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega, Friday, September 6th 2019 –  Slovenians went one-two on Stage 13 when 20 year old prodigy Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took his second stage win of La Vuelta 19 atop the infamous Alto de Los Machucos beating compatriot Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma) was able to follow him all the way to the summit.

The pair were nearly half a minute ahead of a quartet of chasers, comprising Valverde, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Rafał Majka (BORA – hansgrohe) and Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) who took the third spot.

Roglič result saw him extend his lead on GC lead with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) now trailing by 2’25”. Pogačar slipped past Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team) to take a potential podium spot. He also took white jersey as the best young rider by 17” ahead of López ..

Cycling: Vuelta Espana 2019 / Tour of Spain 2019/ La Vuelta/ Etapa 13/ Stage 13/ .PELOTON/ PAISAJE/ LANDSCAPE/ montanas mountains/.Bilbao – Los Machucos (166,4 km) 06-09-2019/.Vuelta Espana 2019 / La Vuelta/ Tour of Spain 2019/.Luis Angel Gomez .©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019
La Vuelta Stage 13 Tadej POGACAR (SLO)
Photo: Luis Angel Gomez ©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019
Cycling: Vuelta Espana 2019 / Tour of Spain 2019/ La Vuelta/ Etapa 13/ Stage 13/ .PODIUM/ CELEBRACION CELEBRATION/ MAILLOT ROJO LIDER/ RED LEADER JERSEY/ ROGLIC Primoz (SLO).Bilbao – Los Machucos (166,4 km) 06-09-2019/.Vuelta Espana 2019 / La Vuelta/ Tour of Spain 2019/.Luis Angel Gomez .©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

Stage 13 Video Summary (courtesy of La Vuelta)

Stage 13 Results and GC

74th La Vuelta a España – Stage 12

Stage 12:Circuito de Navarra  to Bilbao, 171.4km

Gilbert goes solo to win in Bilbao

Deceuninck-Quickstep’s Philipe Gilbert took a sixth la Vuelta victory and the tenth Grand Tour Stage of his career after he held off Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) and Fernando Barceló (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias) in the final kilometres to make it a solo win.

Cycling: Vuelta Espana 2019 / Tour of Spain 2019/ La Vuelta/ Etapa 12/ Stage 12/ .Arived / Llegada / GILBERT Philippe (BEL) /.Circuito de Navarra – Bilbao (171,4 km) 05-09-2019/.Vuelta Espana 2019 / La Vuelta/ Tour of Spain 2019/.Luis Angel Gomez .©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

“There was a lot of headwind in the first part of the stage, but that didn’t stop us, and we attacked and joined many moves, but the bunch reacted each time. It was pretty chaotic, but we kept attacking and at one point, I went full gas on a descent. Tim came across, some other guys joined us, and together we opened a small gap which we kept increasing. Tim was so important, he did a brilliant job, especially before the last ascent, where he closed the gap on the two leaders, and I’m grateful to him for his help. From there, all I had to do was race smart and stick to my plan, which I did and now I’m satisfied it all paid off”, said the fourth Belgian rider in history to win a La Vuelta stage in at least four different years

Cycling: Vuelta Espana 2019 / Tour of Spain 2019/ La Vuelta/ Etapa 12/ Stage 12/ .ESCAPADA BREAKAWAY/ GILBERT Philippe (BEL)/ .Circuito de Navarra – Bilbao (171,4 km) 05-09-2019/.Vuelta Espana 2019 / La Vuelta/ Tour of Spain 2019/.Luis Angel Gomez .©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019
Stage 12 Profile
Cycling: Vuelta Espana 2019 / Tour of Spain 2019/ La Vuelta/ Etapa 12/ Stage 12/ .PODIUM/ CELEBRACION CELEBRATION/ GILBERT Philippe (BEL).Circuito de Navarra – Bilbao (171,4 km) 05-09-2019/.Vuelta Espana 2019 / La Vuelta/ Tour of Spain 2019/.Luis Angel Gomez .©PHOTOGOMEZSPORT2019

Stage 12 Video Summary (Courtesy La Vuelta)

Stage 12 Results and GC