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Route confirmed for 2021 Etape du Tour

Joe Robinson
2 Nov 2020

Course of the Tour de France's official sportive looks brilliant, just like it did for the original planned 2020 version

The 2021 Etape du Tour will retain the same Nice course as the cancelled 2020 edition, organiser ASO has confirmed.

During the unveiling of the 2021 Tour de France route on Sunday evening, ASO also revealed the plans for next year's Etape du Tour, the official Tour sportive that mirrors a stage of the professional race.

Rather than emulating a stage from the 2021 race, the ASO has decided to revert back to the 186km route around Nice and the Maritime Alps – similar to Stage 2 of this year's Tour won by Julian Alaphilippe – on Sunday 4th July 2021.

This year's event was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and social distancing restrictions in France at the time despite the Tour itself being pushed back from its usual July date to August and September.

In a statement, the ASO said, 'The decision to keep the original course of the 30th edition stems from a common aspiration with the city of Nice to support the villages in the Vésubie Valley, which were devastated and left with damaged roads by Storm Alex a few weeks ago.'

This means budding amateurs will descend on Nice next July for a mountainous 186km route that takes in some iconic climbs of the Tour and one-week stage race Paris-Nice.

Starting on Nice's coastal promenades, ascents of the Col de la Colmiane, Col de Turini and Col d'Eze – the scene of Alaphilippe's stage-winning attack earlier this year – will help tot up around 3,600m of vertical elevation.

As for entering the Etape, competition for places is expected to be as fierce as usual despite future uncertainties around events and travel. 

For those who had signed up for this year's event, there is good news as ASO also stated, 'that riders who signed up for the 2020 edition will have priority for 2021, but they may ask for a refund if they no longer wish to take part in the event.'

ASO confirmed that official registration for the sportive will open in early 2021.

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