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Official Tour De France Race Guide Magazine 2020

Official Tour De France Race Guide Magazine 2020

Official Tour De France Race Guide Magazine 2020

Celebrate the build-up to the summer's biggest sporting event with the Official Tour de France Guide magazine 2020. This year's Official Guide comes packed with profiles of every team, exclusive interviews with the contenders, stats for every rider, maps of every stage and lots more... INSIDE THE OFFICIAL TOUR DE FRANCE GUIDE 2020 - The only official 204-page race guide - Train like the pros with our Science of Speed magazine

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited

in this issue

2 min.

Épernay, France Monday July 8, 2019 Julian Alaphilippe wins on the third day’s hilly 215km route from Binche to Épernay. The Frenchman launched a devastating solo attack with 16km to go on the final categorised climb of the day, the Cote de Mutigny. The win gave the Deceuninck- Quick-Step rider the yellow jersey for the first time in his illustrious career. He’d wear yellow for 14 days in all, before relinquishing it to Team Ineos’ Egan Bernal on stage 19. Saint-Etienne, France Saturday July 13, 2019 Thomas de Gendt has carved a reputation as a breakaway artist. The Belgian fully justified that tag on stage eight, leaving the peloton to chase his shadow for much of the 200km from Macon. The victory was built on tactical acumen and impressive metrics. De Gendt, an avid Straver…

5 min.
“the tour’s never seemed so strong”

What a season it’s (not!) been. What do you recall about the series of events that started on the final weekend of Paris-Nice? Christian Prudhomme: On 14 March, we were in Nice, had to cancel the last stage and were aware that an unusual period lay ahead. We couldn’t go into the breakfast room in our hotel and a tray was placed outside our bedroom doors. The atmosphere was extraordinary. On Monday 16 March, the President of the Republic announced the lockdown. I was in the office on Tuesday the 17th and didn’t return for eight weeks. In-between, I spent an enormous amount of time on the phone, calling the elected officials in the Tour’s stage towns. We thought then we had time to play with. But things worsened in April and…

1 min.
the jerseys

Yellow Jersey The yellow jersey, or maillot jaune, is worn by the general classification leader – the rider who has taken the least cumulative time to complete the race after each stage. Time bonuses are available at each stage finish, which means the yellow jersey contenders will fight even harder for stage wins. Green Jersey The green jersey is worn by the leader of the points competition, usually a sprinter. The maillot vert rewards the race’s most consistent finisher based on points gained from intermediate sprints and end-of-stage placings. This year, points are weighted to favour sprint stage winners. Polka Dot The ‘King of the Mountains’ – the race’s best climber – wears the maillot à pois, which was first contested in 1975, although the competition extends back to 1933. Points are available at the…

3 min.
prize money

What’s at stake? In a peloton of 176 riders, there are a number of objectives, depending on the temperament, qualities and targets of each racer. The most collective of individual sports ensures that most of the riders have a tactical part to play in most of the stages. Some have their eyes set on one or more of the various jerseys, while others go all-out chasing stage wins over the course of the three weeks. Most hope that fortune will favour them if and when they manage to infiltrate a breakaway, which may then stay clear to the finish and give them a shot at what could be a career-changing victory. Yellow Jersey (LCL) The honour of wearing the yellow jersey goes each day to the leader of the individual general classification. Prize: €500,000…

2 min.
tour talk

Autobus The last pack of riders on the mountain roads, usually comprised of a mix of sprinters and domestiques. Baroudeur Translates as a ‘battler’ or ‘adventurer’, and describes those riders who spend a lot of time and energy trying to escape from the peloton. Bonk or knock Both are bad news for cyclists. To ‘bonk’ or to ‘knock’ is when your body runs out of easy-to-access energy and you drop off the pace and sometimes out of the race. Chute Nobody likes to see a chute, or crash, but generally cyclists get up quickly, unless the crash has been more serious. Col The French word for a mountain pass. Commissaires The officials appointed to ensure teams and riders stick to the rules of the race and sport. Directeur sportif Basically the team manager in the race (although most teams have another manager who’s…

6 min.
egan bernal

Twenty-three-year-old Egan Bernal is special. Look at the stats. His VO2max of 88.8ml/kg/min is one of the highest recorded in any endurance sport; he bypassed the traditional under-23 route and graduated straight to the seniors, securing a lucrative contract with Italian Pro Conti team Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec; and he won the Tour de France in his second-ever GrandTour. So special is the first South American to win the biggest prize in cycling that he’s undoubtedly the leading rider in undoubtedly one of the strongest GrandTour teams there’s ever been, eclipsing a four-time Tour winner and 2018 Tour winner in the pecking order. Bernal’s a rider in a hurry, a man short of time, but the calm, ruthless Colombian found time to sit down with leading French writer Quentin Finné to talk…