The final podium of the Tour de France (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
The final stage of the 2020 Tour de France was the traditional processional stage into Paris, albeit with a very different atmosphere as the number of fans was limited due to coronavirus.
After the usual photo opportunities and celebrations for yellow jersey Tadej Pogačar early in the stage, heads dropped with a focus on the finish on the Champs-Élysée, the most prestigious sprint finish in cycling.
At the finish, it was Sam Bennett, adorned in the green jersey, who would win the stage ahead of world champion Mads Pedersen, while Pogačar crossed the line to confirm his place as the winner of the 2020 Tour.
Tour de France 2020 final general classification
Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates, in 87-20-05
Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, at 59s
Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo, at 3-30
Mikel Landa (Esp) Bahrain-McLaren, 5-58
Enric Mas (Esp) Deceuninck-Quick-Step, at 6-07
Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana, at 6-47
Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, at 7-48
Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Pro Cycling, at 8-02
Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, at 9-25
Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren, at 14-03
The Tour de France took one of its most dramatic turns in decades as Tadej Pogačar overturned his 57-second deficit in GC to take the yellow jersey from race leader Primož Roglič. The Slovenian sets up Tour victory in his first appearance at the race, having put 1-56 into Roglič on the 36.2km mountain time trial, where he took the stage win as well ahead of Roglič’s Jumbo-Visma team-mate Tom Dumoulin.
Pogačar, just 21-years-old, will not just have the final stage to Paris to complete to be officially crowned Tour de France 2020 champion.
An unpredictable day unravelled on stage 19, as the sprint teams battled with Classics specialists over the victory.
But it was Sunweb’s Søren Kragh Andersen who kicked clear of some of the biggest names in the race, including Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), to win the stage solo, his second stage of this Tour.
The GC race remained unchanged heading into the time trial on stage 20, with Primož Roglič leading by almost a minute over Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates).
Ineos Grenadiers marched to a commanding victory on stage 18 of the 2020 Tour de France as Michał Kwiatkowski took the day’s victory, celebrating across the line alongside team-mate Richard Carapaz. The pair had made it into the day’s main breakaway but eventually left all their rivals behind on the challenging final day in the Alps.
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) moved one step closer to winning the overall at the Tour as his Jumbo-Team once again neutralised the GC race to keep the top-three as they were.
The return to the high mountains on stage 17 was a huge moment in the fight for the yellow jersey, as Miguel Ángel Lòpez rode clear from the GC favourites to take stage victory at the summit of the Col de la Loze.
The Loze, making it’s first appearance in the Tour, was the summit finish on a brutal day of climb that also featured an ascent of the Col de la Madeleine.
As Lòpez rode to the stage honours during his first Tour de France, Primož Roglič continued to assert his dominance just behind, attacking Tadej Pogačar to extend his overall lead to almost a minute by the finish.
Stage 16 of the 2020 Tour de France was a day for the breakaway as Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) attacked on the penultimate climb from the last remnants of the escape to take his first career Tour stage victory. Richard Carapaz, who had been able to match him on the climb, rolled in to take second place as Ineos Grenadiers target stage wins now Egan Bernal has dropped out of GC contention.
Amongst the GC contenders, there were some attempts to attack race leader Primož Roglič on the final punch to the line, but no-one could shake the yellow jersey with no significant changes in the top-10.
The 15th stage from Lyon to Grand Colombier became a pivotal moment in the 2020 Tour de France, as the GC battle burst into life on the slopes of the daunting final climb.
Reigning champion Egan Bernal lost contact with the favourites 13km from the finish under the huge pressure being applied by Jumbo-Visma.
At the finish, it was Tadej Pogačar who outsprinted his compatriot and yellow jersey Primož Roglič to take his second stage of the race.
Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) went on a late solo flyer to take a surprise victory on Tour de France stage 14. The day was a frantic and fast affair thanks to Bora-Hansgrohe’s efforts on the front of the peloton, but they could do nothing to stop the Dane from getting away with 3km to go and holding on to take the win.
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) once again held on to maintain his overall lead, with no changes in the top-10 on GC ahead of stage 15’s summit finish to Grand Colombier.
A huge climbing day in the Massif Central saw an elite breakaway fight for the victory, with the glory going to Dani Martínez (EF Pro Cycling) who outsprinted Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe).
Meanwhile back down the mountain, the GC race exploded as yellow jersey Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) rode clear of their rivals as Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) cracked on the savage gradients of Puy Mary.
By the finish, Roglič had extended his lead over all his rivals while Pogačar jumped up the standings to second overall.
Bernal slipped back to third place after a very rough day for the reigning champion.
On stage 12, it was Marc Hirschi who won his redemption with a solo stage victory in Sarran.
The Swiss rider had won over plenty of hearts on stage nine during his doomed lone exploits, which saw him pipped to the line by the GC favourites.
But Hirschi would not be denied on stage 12, breaking clear in the final 30km and making it to the line a minute ahead of the chaser.
There was no movement in the yellow jersey race as all the favourites finished together, with Roglič still safely in the lead.
Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) took his second stage victory of the 2020 Tour de France after narrowly beating the other sprinters for the line in a hectic bunch finish on stage 11 to Poitiers.
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), who originally finished second ahead of Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), was relegated following the stage for shoulder barging Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) out the way in the gallop for the line.
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was able to safely navigate the stage and finish in the front group to hold onto his overall lead ahead of Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers).
Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) took a hard-earned maiden stage victory at the Tour de France, and also moved back into the lead of the green jersey points competition.
A flat but windy and technical stage after the first rest day saw a number of splits and crashes, but Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was safely able to navigate the stage to retain his overall lead, with no changes in the top-10 on GC.
Adam Yates’ (Mitchelton-Scott) run in the yellow jersey came to an end on stage nine as Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) took the overall lead of the 2020 Tour de France. Roglič compatriot Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) took the stage win though, sprint to victory in a five-up sprint ahead of Roglič and breakaway rider Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), who had ridden out front alone for almost 90km.
Nans Peters (Ag2r La Mondiale) won his maiden Tour de France stage after powering away solo to victory in the Pyrenees. Behind him, race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) clung on to the yellow jersey despite struggling to stay with the other GC contenders on the final climb of the day.
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) doubled up on stage wins at the 2020 Tour de France after sprinting to victory on stage seven of the race. The Belgian won from a reduced group that had formed in crosswinds with about 35km to go.
Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retained the overall lead after finishing safely within the front group. GC contenders Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) were among those to miss the split and lose well over a minute on the stage.
Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) took his maiden stage victory at the Tour de France, going clear of the day’s main breakaway to win atop Mont Aigoual in the 2020 Tour’s second summit finish.
Stage six didn’t see a huge amount of GC action, with Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) maintaining his lead in the yellow jersey. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) was able to steal back a second after his 20-second penalty on stage five.
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) took his second career stage victory at the Tour de France after winning the bunch sprint on stage five.
The Belgian beat Cees Bol (Sunweb) to the line with a powerful sprint after what had been a quiet day for the riders between Gap and Privas.
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) ceded the overall lead and yellow jersey to Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) after the Frenchman picked up a 20 second time penalty for taking a bottle in the final 20km of the stage.
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) showed his strength on stage four of the 2020 Tour de France, taking victory ahead of his rivals as he sprinted to the line on the Tour’s first summit finish to Orcières-Merlette.
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) remains in the yellow jersey of race leader after finishing fifth, but Roglič now sits third overall at seven seconds to the leader and three seconds behind second place Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).
The Tour de France returned to a sprint stage on the third day and it was Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) who showed an impressive turn of speed to come from behind to beat Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) to the line in Sisteron, with Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT) taking third.
Bennett’s team-mate Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey of the overall leader after safely finishing in the main peloton.
A mountainous second day of the Tour de France from Nice to Nice saw Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) cede the yellow jersey to stage winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), who beat March Hirschi (Sunweb) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) to the line after the trio broke clear of the peloton on the final climb.
Stage one was predicted to be a day for the sprinters, with discussion before the race focusing on which of the fast men could make it over the day’s major climb, but instead it was the weather rather than the terrain that quickly became decisive.
As rain lashed the peloton, causing countless crashes, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) powered his way to a huge victory on the stage and put himself in the yellow jersey for the first time in his career, with world champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and Cees Bol (Sunweb) third.
Tour de France 2020
Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal on the final podium of the Tour de France (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)
The 2020 Tour de France kicks off with a Grand Départ in Nice, a familiar stomping ground for the many pros who live in the area.
The race this year takes place later than usual, starting on August 29 and finishing on September 20, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Opening with two tough, hilly stages in the south of the country, the 107th edition of the Tour de France will then head north to the southern point of the Alps
The race will then move south-westward after some tricky climbing stages, travelling down towards the first proper high mountain range of the race, the Pyrenees.
Route map of the 2020 Tour de France
The 2020 Tour will then transition to the west coast and work it’s way 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 of 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 have eight mountain stages with four summit finishes, nine flat stages, three hilly stages and one time trial, covering a total of 3,470km.
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 four 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
All 19 of the 2020 WorldTour teams are at the Tour de France, along with French Pro Teams Total Direct Energie, B&B Hotels – Vital Concept p/b KTM, and Arkéa-Samsic, who take the remaining places.
Tour de France 2020 general classification riders
Defending champion Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) will return to try and retain his title, but with no Geraint Thomas or Chris Froome as they target the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España respectively.
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 last year’s edition.
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) will also be racing but has consistently said he won’t try for the general classification in 2020.
Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) likewise says he will just go for stage wins, and showed good legs to have a solid top-10 at the Tour prelude race, the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Dutch squad Jumbo-Visma may be Ineos’ main challengers for the general classification this year, taking a squad to the race containing Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin and Vuelta a España winner Primož Roglič. Last year’s third place in the Tour, Steven Kruijswijk, will now ride the Giro after injuries from a crash kept him from taking to the Tour start.
EF Pro Cycling will be taking a strong squad, with Rigoberto Urán, Colombian champion Sergio Higuita and Dauphiné champion Daniel Martínez all expected to ride.
Other riders gunning for victory will be Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic), Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), amongst others.
Tour de France 2020 sprinters
Sprint finish at stage seven of 2019 Tour de France (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will return to try and win an eighth green jersey having taken a record seventh in 2019, before he heads to the Giro d’Italia in October.
Pure sprinter, Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) will look to possibly challenge Sagan in the fight for green but will be focusing on getting as many stage wins as possible.
Cofidis’ sprinter Elia Viviani will be looking to end the French team’s duck at the Tour. The team are now in the WorldTour and are mainly focussed on the sprinting side of racing. Italian Viviani, will hope he can provide wins the team so desperately craves at its home race.
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) is probably the rider who could challenge Sagan the most for green if he was allowed to go for it. While not really down as a sprinter and more of an all-rounder, Van Aert has proven he has an electric turn of speed, winning a stages at the Tour and Dauphiné, as well as one-day races Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step will be hoping that Irish champion, Sam Bennett, can go for the sprints and for green, with team-mate Zdeněk Štybar saying that Bennett is the only sprinter who can challenge Sagan for green.
Bahrain-McLaren looks to focus fully on their GC leader, Landa, but have also included versatile sprinter Sonny Colbrelli in their squad for flat stages. The team’s other fast men, Mark Cavendish and Phil Bauhaus, were both left out of the squad.
Tour de France 2020 on TV
In the UK, you’ll be able to catch the race live on Eurosport, ITV and S4C – and each channel will have an evening highlights package, too.