La Course 2020: All you need to know about the one-day race

The 2020 race was due to be raced in Paris before the global pandemic

La Course, by Le Tour de France, will take place on Saturday August 29 with a 96km course taking in two laps of the men’s Tour stage one circuit in Nice.

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.

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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

Alé-BTC-Ljubljana

BASTIANELLI Marta
BOOGAARD Maaike
ŽIGART Urška
BUJAK Eugenia
TREVISI Anna
GIDERZO Tatiana

Rally Cycling Women

HOSKING Chloe
POIDEVIN Sara
WHITE Emma
DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel
FRANZ Heidl
GANZAR Leigh Ann

Canyon-SRAM Racing

NIEWIADOMA Kasia
AMIALIUSK Alena
BARNES Hannah
SHAPIRA Omer
CROMWELL Tiffany
PRATT Jessica

CCC-Liv

VOS Marianne
PALADIN Soraya
ROOIJAKKERS Pauliena
BERTIZOLO Sofia
MARKUS Riejanne

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope

LUDWIG Cecile Uttrup
FAHLIN Emilia
BORGLI Stine
WIEL Jade
MUZIC Évita
COPPONI Clara

Mitchelton-Scott

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
ROBERTS Jessica
ROY Sarah
ALLEN Jessica
ELVIN Gracie
BROWN Grace

Movistar Team

GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla
RODRÍGUEZ Gloria
PATIÑO Paula Andrea
AALERUD Katrine
BIANNIC Aude
GUARISCHI Barbara

Team Sunweb

KIRCHMANN Leah
MAKAIJ Floortje
LIPPERT Liane
HENDERSON Anna
JACKSON Alison
LABOUS Juliette

Trek-Segafredo Women

DEIGNAN Lizzie
LONGO-BORGHINI Elisa
WILES Tayler
HANSON Lauretta
PLICHTA Anna

Aromitalia-Vaiano

LELEIVYTÈ Rasa
COLLINELLI Sofia
CIPRIANI Carmela
CARBONARI Anastasia
BORGHESI Letizia
MATTEOLI Emilia

Astana Womens Team

SIERRA Arlenis
SHEKEL Olga
MORENO Blanca Liliana
BALEYSITE Olivia
PATTARO Francesca
RAGUSA Katia

Bizkaia-Durango

HOLDEN Elizabeth
OBERHOLZER Carla
ARZUFFI Alice Maria
GILABERT Ariana
GONZÁLEZ Lucia
LARTITEGI Amaia

Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team

D’HOORE Jolien
VAN DEN BROEK-BLAAK Chantal
MAJERUS Christine
DIDERIKSEN Amalie
VAN DEN BOS Jip
UNEKEN Lonneke

Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling

MAGNALDI Erica
CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia
VICELI Lara
ASENCIA Laura
HAMMES Kathrin
SANTESTEBAN Ane

Charente-Maritime Women Cycling

COUTINHO Alice
ABGRALL Noémie
TRISCH Balladyne
GRANGIER India
LAHAYE Lucie
SOUYRIS Manon

Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team

FISHER Annabel
PITEL Edwige
BLAIS Marie-Soleil
RÜEGG Noemi
KLIMOVA Diana
RADOTIĆ Mia

Hitec Products

VAN DER HAAR Lucy
HEINE Vita
LUTRO Amalie
LORVIK Ingrid
RICHIOUD Greta
KRÖGER Mieke

Lotto-Soudal Ladies

KOPECKY Lotte
PARKINSON Abby-Mae
CHRISTMAS Dani
BEEKHUIS Teuntje
FIDANZA Arianna
MEERTENS Lone

Parkhotel-Valkenburg

VOLLERING Demi
BUYSMAN Nina
SWINKELS Karlijn
VAN DER BURG Nancy
NILSSON Hanna
KASPER Romy

Équipe Paule Ka

BANKS Elizabeth
THOMAS Leah
RISHER-BLACK Niamh
NORSGAARD Emma Cecile
STIRNEMANN Kathrin
HARVEY Mikayla

Team Arkèa-Samsic

ALLIN Pauline
VERHULST Gladys
CURINIER Lea
LEVENEZ Sandra
BECKER Charlotte
EL HAYANI Fatima Zahra

Team Tibico-SVB

DIXON Leah
STEPHENS Lauren
KESSLER Nina
MALSEED Shannon
PEÑUELA Diana

Valcar-Travel & Service

BALSAMO Elisa
PIRRONE Elena
CAVALLI Marta
PERSICO Silvia
SANGUINETI Ilaria
CAMPBELL Teniel