Stage 2: Do the favourites put their cards on the table in the first mountain stage?

Almost everything will be different in the sports year 2020 and of course the Tour de France is not immune to the effects of the coronavirus.

But apart from the postponed start, the profile of the second stage also makes a difference in terms of commemorating the 107th Tour de France. Because where the Tour usually starts with a handful of flat stages, today it’s going seriously uphill. And downhill.

The riders will start and finish just like yesterday in Nice. The finish line is only 250 meters east of Saturday, but the sprinters won’t be involved. It’s a day on which the classification men have to be on their guard.

Two times first category

The stage starts with a big loop containing two long climbs of the first category, the Col de la Colmiane (16 kilometres) and the Col de Turini (15 kilometres). After a long descent the peloton sets course again towards Nice.

Watch a video in which Herman van der Zandt tells about the (cycling) history of Nice:

After returning to the seaside resort, the last forty kilometres will be climbed on two slopes, of which only one is categorized. The summit of the Col d’รˆze (second category) is 33 kilometres from the finish line.

Bonus point with bonus seconds

The top of the last hill, which does not count for the mountain classification, is a so-called bonus point. An element introduced in 2018 to make the race more exciting. The first three riders can earn eight, five and two bonus seconds respectively.

After the summit there are nine more winding kilometers to the finish on the Promenade des Anglais on the Mediterranean Sea. The finish is expected around 18.00 hrs.