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VeloNews Tour de France 2020

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4 min.
into the unknown

When asked about the 2020 Tour de France’s continuation amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Christian Prudhomme, the Tour de France’s often-loquacious race director, presented a succinct title for this year’s race. “A singular Tour” was Prudhomme’s definition. The title, no doubt, represents the collective hopes of the cycling world that the Tour de France — which has survived world wars and political unrest — will never again be held during such terrible circumstances. Yet the 2020 Tour is going forward, despite the deadly virus, and cycling’s various stakeholders have crafted rules and guidelines that they believe will keep fans and riders safe. Social distancing, the use of medical masks, and the elimination of crowds are all part of the playbook. Will it work? We sincerely hope so. MASKS AND DISTANCE How will the…

3 min.
tour de france 101

DISTANCE 3,470 kilometers (2,156 miles) WHAT DO THE JERSEYS MEAN? YELLOW (GENERAL CLASSIFICATION) After each stage the rider with the fastest cumulative time is awarded the yellow race leader's jersey to wear the following day. The Tour's overall winner earns yellow and €500,000 in prize money. POLKA-DOT (KING OF THE MOUNTAINS) Mountain points are awarded at the summit of all categorized climbs. The rider with the most cumulative mountain points wears the polka-dot jersey throughout the race. The overall winner earns €25,000 in prize money. GREEN (POINTS COMPETITION) Points are awarded each stage (other than individual time trials) at intermediate sprints and at the end of every stage finish. The rider with the most points wears a green jersey, and the rider who finishes with the most points takes green and €25,000 in prize money. WHITE (YOUNG RIDER) The rider…

10 min.
a tour of renewal

The year was 1947. France sat in ruins after six years of war and five of Nazi occcupation. As the country wearily regained its footing, the Tour de France played a pivotal role in France's recovery. While bicycle races had taken place throughout the war — Paris-Roubaix went on within the occupied zone — there had been no Tour. So, when the Tour made its return in 1947, the race etched a legendary new chapter into its proud history. The race found unprecedented success. With a route that skirted the country’s borders, with short forays into Belgium and Luxembourg, the 1947 Tour seemed designed to unite France. In many ways it did. After years of death and pain, French citizens filled the bistros and bars to discuss the race. Imaginative speculation…

5 min.
living legends

JEAN FORESTIER THE YELLOW JERSEY AND CHAMPAGNE CAN BE A BAD MIX Jean Forestier joined the French national team in 1954 and quickly became a fixture on the squad. And while he had already won Paris-Roubaix in 1955 and the Tour of Flanders in 1965, he proved to be much more versatile than a simple classics rider, as he wore the yellow jersey for two days, and won the green points jersey in 1957 before finishing fourth overall. But according to Forestier, it could have been even better. “I could have held the yellow jersey a lot longer, and I think I would have finished at least second. But I made a really stupid mistake,” he says. Forestier recalls that the 1957 Tour was exceptionally hot, and he was worried going into the high…

21 min.
2020 tour de france route

LEGEND Race Start Start Town Finish Town Rest Day Race Finish Stage Number Route (generalized) Individual Time Trial 01 NICE MOYEN PAYS ▸ NICE START: 2:15 pm F 8:15 am EST ESTIMATED FINISH: 5:57 pm F 11:57 am EST SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 STAGE PROFILE 156km ELEVATION GAIN: 1,778M STAGE DETAILS COURSE: The Tour opens in this city along the French Riviera that has long been a tourist destination for the French upper class. Nice has hosted the Grand Départ just once before, in 1981 when Bernard Hinault took the opening prologue. This year’s opening stage caters as much to spectators as it does the riders; the creative route takes in three ascents of the picturesque Col d’Aspremont, before embarking on a downhill and then flat run to the line. A sprinter is likely to win, but he must first survive the hills. FAVORITES: Peter Sagan,…

5 min.
building a women’s tour de france

After decades of fits and starts, it appears that a women’s Tour de France may be in the works once again. In early March, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme told French media that the ASO was “working seriously on a women’s stage race project.” Two months later, the organization announced a women’s Paris-Roubaix for 2020. Fans wondered if it was a bellwether for more women’s events to come. La Course, ASO’s offering to the women’s peloton since 2014, is a one-day event that has given riders a microscopic presence at the Tour. Yet in terms of elevating women’s racing, it’s nothing short of a consolation prize. “You have no idea how many times I’ve been asked if I raced the Tour de France, and I have to say, ‘no, there isn’t one…