Tour de France 2020 route: Stage-by-stage guide

The 2020 Tour de France will be the 107th edition of race, with a Grand Depart from the blue sea of the Mediterranean at Nice on the Cote d'Azur. 

Tour de France caravan

The full route of the 2020 Tour de France was be announced on October 15, 2019 and the overviewof the route is shown below:

Route of the Tour de France 2020

Oene thing to remember for this edition is that the race will start a week earlier than usual due to the Summer Olympic Games.

The Grand Depart will see two stages based around Nice, capital of the Provence-Cote d'Azur region on the Mediterranean coast. The terrain around Nice is incredibly varied – expect some stiff climbs, flat sections and scenic coastal roads.

Specific info on each stage and more detailed maps are usually published each May in the official race program. We'll post links to it when it's released. We have this page for Tour de France road closure information, which we also update as information comes to hand (usually not from around May onwards).

Stage 1: Saturday, June 27, Nice Moyen Pays to Nice - 170km 

Stage 1 of the 2020 Tour de France

The first stage is interesting because unlike most sprint stages (other than Paris), it offers more than one chance to see the riders whiz by. Here, riders will do two loops of the southern section through the city. This is not a flat stage by any means, but it should still see a sprinter take the first yellow jersey.

Stage 2: Sunday, June 28, Nice Haut Pays to Nice - 190km

Stage 2 of the 2020 Tour de France

Stage 2 2020 Tour de France, Nice

If a sprinter does take the yellow jersey on the first stage, then it may not be on his shoulders for very long. The second stage contains three cols, two of which are above 1500m,with a total of over 4000m of climbing. Again, this is a showcase stage for Nice and will allow spectators to easily catch a second stage without moving very far.

Stage 3: Monday, June 29, Nice to Sisteron

Stage 4: Tuesday, June 30, Sisteron to Orcières-Merlette

Stage 5: Wednesday, July 1, Gap to Privas

Stage 6: Thursday, July 2, Le Teil to Mont Aigoual

Stage 7: Friday, July 3, Millau to Lavaur

Stage 8: Saturday, July 4, Cazeras to Loudenvielle

Tour de France 2020 stage 8


Port de bales Peyresourdes 2020 tour de france

Stage 9: Sunday, July 5, Pau to Laruns

Tour de France 2020 stage 9

Rest day: Monday, July 6, La Charente-Maritime

The Charente-Maritime department will host two stages plus a rest day, making this an ideal place to grab some rest and relaxation (and to indulge in the region's famous oysters and coastal resorts). This section of the Tour is being marketed locally as 'The Maritime Escape'.

La Charente-Maritime Tour de France

Stage 10: Tuesday, July 7, Île-de-Oléron to 

Here is the informaton poster available locally at the moment for stages 10 and 11.

Stage 10 and Stage 11 Tour de France 2020

Stage 11: Wednesday, July 8, Châtelaillon-Plage to Poitiers

The Tour heads inland through the marshlands of the old Poitou-Charentes region (now absorbed into the larger Nouvelle-Aquitaine). This should be another stage for the sprinters in Poitiers – the last 1.5km should be familiar to Arnaud Démare, who won the French title here in 2014.

Stage 12: Thursday, July 9, Chauvigny to Sarran

Stage 13: Friday, July 10, Châtel-Guyon to Puy Mary

Stage 13 2020 Tour de France Chatel-Guyon to Puy Mary

Stage 14: Saturday, July 11, Clermont Ferrand to Lyon

Stage 14 leaves Clermont-Ferrand and goes via the Monts du Forez and Col du Béal (at the start end) and comes in via the Côte de la Duchère (about 15km from Lyon). Closer to Lyon it includes the Montée de l’Observance and the Côte de la Croix-Rousse (5km from Lyon). These late cols would be good places to be if you are staying at the Lyon end. It finishes in the Lyon city centre. 

Stage 15: Sunday, July 12, Lyon to Grand Colombier

Stage 15 has a focus on the Jura Mountains. It's a 175-km stage that starts in Lyon and finishes on the Grand Colombier after already climbing the same mountain twice earlier in the stage from different sides: via the Montée de la Selle de Fromentel, via the Col de la Biche and then finally up from Culoz. They will deserve a rest day after that.

Stage 15 2020 Tour de France

Stage 15 2020 Tour de France

Rest day: Monday, July 13, Isère

Stage 16: Tuesday, July 14, La Tour de Pin to Villard de Lans

Stage 16 2020 Tour de France La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans

Stage 17: Wednesday, July 15, Grenoble to Méribel

Stage 18: Thursday, July 16, Méribel to La Roche sur Foron

Tour de France 2020 stage 18

Stage 19: Friday, July 17, Bourg en Bresse to Champagnole

Stage 20: Saturday, July 18, Lure to Les Planches des Belles Filles

Stage 20 2020 Tour de France Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles

Stage 21: Sunday, July 19, Mantes Les Jolie to Paris Champs Élysées

Bike hire for watching the Tour de France

A reminder that if you need bike hire during the Tour de France you should book early. It ALWAYS sells out and it can be very hard to find quality carbon road bikes closer to the time. More info here.

2020 Tour de France Race Guide

This collates all stage maps and race times into one booklet. It's not released until a few months before the tour – we will post info on this page when it becomes available.  

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