The seventh La Course was originally going to be back where it started on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, but due to the Coronavirus, it was moved to Nice.
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The race moved from Paris in 2016 in order to give other types of riders than just sprinters a chance of winning, with Marianne Vos winning the most recent 2019 course in Pau designed for puncheurs.
La Course is perhaps one of the most controversial races within the UCI pro women’s calendar.
Organised by ASO, it was added in 2014 in answer to demands for a women’s Tour de France.
The first three editions consisted of this kermesse-style race in Paris. In 2017, the event progressed to comprise of two days – the second being a ‘pursuit’ style handicap time trial.
Handicapping the world class women’s peloton in the style of a local league Thursday night race didn’t go down so well, so in 2018 it was back down to just one day – held 48-hours after the final stage of the Giro Rosa.
The one day format remains into 2020.
The race may remain controversial, but news has broken that the UCI has said a women’s Tour de France will happen in 2022.
La Course 2020 route
The 2020 La Course route heads to the foot-hills of the Alps in Nice, with 96km consisting of 2 laps around the circuit.
The route starts off with the riders immediately heading onto the Côte de Rimiez, 5.8km at an average gradient of 5.1 per cent.
They continue climbing up to the town of Aspremont before descending down a steep descent before flattening out for about 25km where they arrive back in the city of Nice.
They then do that same lap one more time before a finish in the same place as the men’s race, that will start after the women’s event.
There is an opening for a long range attack on the climbs, but the likelihood of it sticking may be unlikely and we may get treated to a bunch sprint.
La Course 2020 TV guide
The race will be covered on Eurosport, GCN Race Pass and ITV4 in the UK.
Eurosport 1 will be broadcasting the race live from 9:08am with Eurosport Player and GCN Race Pass broadcasting the same uninterrupted stream from 9:05am.
ITV4 will be going live from 9am covering the whole race as well.
La Course 2020 start list
Rally Cycling Women
GANZAR Leigh Ann
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
LUDWIG Cecile Uttrup
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
PATIÑO Paula Andrea
Astana Womens Team
MORENO Blanca Liliana
ARZUFFI Alice Maria
Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team
VAN DEN BROEK-BLAAK Chantal
VAN DEN BOS Jip
Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling
CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia
Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team
VAN DER HAAR Lucy
VAN DER BURG Nancy
Équipe Paule Ka
NORSGAARD Emma Cecile
EL HAYANI Fatima Zahra
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