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Mountains as early as Stage 2 for 2020 Tour de France

Joe Robinson
18 Mar 2019

Col de Turini and Col d'Eze to feature on Stage 2 of 2020 Tour with Grand Depart in Nice

The Grand Depart of the 2020 Tour de France will be one of the toughest in recent memory with mountains featuring as early as Stage 2.

Presented by the race organisers ASO this morning, next year's edition of the race will start with two stages around Nice including ascents of the Col de Turini and Col d'Eze on Stage 2, the race's highest start, in terms of altitude, for 40 years.

The 2020 Tour de France will start on Saturday 27th June and begin with a 170km road stage in Nice and the surrounding areas.

Although the day is absent of any classified climbs it is far from flat, offering an opportunity for the riders such as Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet to secure the yellow jersey over the race's fastest finishers.

Stage 2 will also start and finish in Nice with a 190km stage that will contain three classified climbs on course, the first being the Col de la Colmiane.

The race will then ascend the Col de Turini, a 14.9km climb at 7.9%, for the first time since 1973.

The snaking climb away from the Riviera coast was used as a summit finish at Paris-Nice last weekend with Education First's Dani Martinez taking the win from Colombian compatriot Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana.

The final classified climb will be Col d'Eze. Not a particularly hard climb but synomonous with Paris-Nice since first featuring in 1969.

The race will then cross the Col des Quatre Chemins closer to the line, offering a potential launchpad for anybody after an early stint in yellow.

The closing kilometres of the stage will be similar to that used in the final stage of Paris-Nice over recent editions with climbers David De La Cruz and Ion Izagirre winners on the Mediterranean coastline.

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