Why are so many climbing records being broken at the Tour de France 2020?

A number of iconic climbs have seen their record times smashed by this year's peloton

Pavel Sivakov leads the GC group on stage 13 of the 2020 Tour de France (Yuzuru Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The Tour de France is fast this year. At least, that's what the riders are saying.

GC contenders are clinging on to the Jumbo-Visma mountain train for dear life, whilst on the flats the battle for the green jersey erupts between Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck - Quick-Step.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.