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

Marianne Vos wins La Course 2019 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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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.

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