Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal on the final podium of the Tour de France (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)
The 2020 Tour de France route kicks off with a Grand Départ in Nice, a familiar stomping ground for the many pros who live in the area, including Chris Froome.
Opening with two tough, hilly stages in the south of the country, the 107th edition of the Tour will then head back up to the west of France.
The race will then spend some time in the west of the country with some tricky climbing stages, before travelling down to the first high mountain range of the race in the Pyrenees.
The 2020 Tour will then work it’s way from the east coast and through the centre of the country, before taking on climbs in the Jura, Alps and Vosges mountains, with a final time trial up to the top La Planche des Belles Filles.
The race will then take to its traditional finish in Paris along the Champs-Élysées.
This year’s edition will eight mountain stages with four summit finishes, nine flat stages, three hilly stages and one TT.
Tour de France 2020 classifications
The standard classifications and jerseys will once again feature: yellow jersey for the overall classification, polka-dots for the mountains classification, green for the points classification and white for the best young rider classification.
A combativity prize will be awarded to the most aggressive rider each day, while a super-combativity prize will be awarded to a rider at the end of the Tour.
Bonus seconds will once again be distributed on the finish line with 10, six and three seconds available to each of the first three across the line on each stage.
The final jerseys podium of the 2019 Tour de France (Sunada)
Tour de France 2020 teams and riders
We’ll certainly see all the 2020 WorldTour teams at the Tour de France, though it is still unclear how many teams that will be. The organiser will still be able to invite wildcard teams to fill the remaining places.
Defending champion Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) will return alongside 2018 winner Geraint Thomas, who wants another clear run at the Tour.
Chris Froome also hopes to be at the start, if his recover allowed following his horrific crash suffered at the Critérium du Dauphiné last summer.
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will return to try and win an eighth green jersey having taken a record seventh in 2019, but will be combining the Tour with the Giro d’Italia.
French riders will also try to finally break their 35-year duck at the race, with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) left with unfinished business following his abandonment on stage 19 of the most recent race.
Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) will be skipping the Tour this year to focus on the Giro, after a disappointing few seasons of Grand Tour racing.
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has already expressed his interest in other targets next year, so won’t try for an overall result at the Tour despite leading for 14 days in 2019.
Tour de France 2020 on TV
You’ll be able to catch the race live on Eurosport, ITV and S4C – and each channel will have an evening highlights package, too.