Grand Départ 2020 - Stage 1: Nice - Moyen pays - Nice 156kms *Spoilers*
Stage 1: Nice - Moyen pays - Nice 156kms
The 1st stage of the 2020 Tour de France is a hilly out-and-back race in Nice. The race consists of three loops in the highly picturesque surroundings of the Mediterranean town.
La Grande Boucle sets off from Nice with two identical loops of almost 50 kilometres before concluding with another loop of 70 kilometres. The 1st stage starts and finishes in Nice, but moves through the city twice as well.
The first loop includes more than 600m of elevation.
The last loop (70km) will be similar to the first two loops until Aspremont.
It then continues to Tourrette-Levens with a 8 kilometres climb at approximately 3 to 4%. The the descent the route moves through Saint-Martin-de-Var and the riders return to the route of the first loops just before Carros. The final 25km section, almost completely flat, should enable sprinters who managed to get along with the climbs to give a final explanation on the Promenade des Anglais to win the stage and the first yellow jersey.
Pure sprinters will have a hard time, while attackers are eyeing their chances. Breakaway king Thomas De Gendt already voiced his ambition to take yellow on the first day. He will not be alone in this ambition. The key to having a chance will be to take the sprinters out of the equation.
Three times the route climbs to Aspremont, which is an ascent of 11.4 kilometres and the gradient hovers around 4%. The last time through Aspremont is followed by a short descent before an 8 kilometres climb at 4% leads to Levens.
Following a descent of 11 kilometres the last 30 kilometres are played out on the flat.
Favourites 1st stage 2020 Tour de France
*** Thomas De Gendt, Caleb Ewan, Giacomo Nizzolo,
** Matteo Trentin, Wout Van Aert, Peter Sagan, Sam Bennett,
* Greg Van Avermaet, Philippe Gilbert, Cees Bol, Alexander Kristoff, Sonny Colbrelli and anybody else you fancy.
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In 2013, for the 100th edition of the Tour de France, Nice had been back on the Tour map, 32 years after hosting the Grand Départ in 1981. Back on the mainland from Corsica, team Orica Greenedge won the team time trial to hand the yellow jersey to Simon Gerrans, already a stage winner in Calvi. The Australian outfit kept the Tour reins for four days, Gerrans handing the overall lead to team-mate Daryl Impey, who became the first South-African to don the yellow jersey.
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