Riding on thin air - how Tour riders deal with high altitude

(Image credit: Dan Gould / Cycling Weekly)

With three summit finishes above 2,000 metres in this year’s race, Paul Knott looks at how the peloton have prepared for the heady heights of this year’s Tour

The high-altitude aspect of the race is going to be a significant factor,” four-time champion Chris Froome replied when asked his thoughts about the 2019 Tour de France route. Alas the four-time winner never made it to the Grand Départ in Belgium this year, let alone the mountain ranges, due to his crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné, but the same thinking will have influenced the build-up for each of the 176 riders who lined up in the lowlands of Brussels.

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Paul Knott is a fitness and features writer, who has also presented Cycling Weekly videos as well as contributing to the print magazine as well as online articles.  In 2020 he published his first book, The Official Tour de France Road Cycling Training Guide (Welbeck), a guide designed to help readers improve their cycling performance via cherrypicking from the strategies adopted by the pros.