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Tour de France 2020: The Essential Guide

The world has changed dramatically since the route of the 2020 Tour de France was unveiled last October. The 3,470-kilometre route remains the same, but the global COVID-19 pandemic means that it will be a Tour de France like no other.

The race dates have changed from July to late August/September, and the riders’ preparation and teams’ selections have changed, leaving everyone fresh, on form and hungrier then ever to win during the short but intense rescheduled season. Everyone on the race will have to respect strict medical protocols to limit the risk of the COVID-19 virus emerging in

Tour de France 2020: How does the Tour avoid Covid-19?

Tour de France 2020 sign in Nice
The Tour de France begins in Nice on 29 August and runs until 20 September
Dates: 29 August – 20 September
Coverage: Live text commentary on each stage on the BBC Sport website and app

The Tour de France will travel for 21 days around a whole country, passing through towns and cities and thousands of people.

Normally you would expect plenty of people along the route, packed in squares, millimetres away from the riders at the tops of climbs. Less of this will happen in 2020, a year which will go down in history for Covid-19.

This year, social

Tour de France 2021: Results & News

Slovenia's Tadej Pogačar came out on top at the rescheduled 2020 Tour de France

Slovenia’s Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) came out on top at the rescheduled 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

We already know that the 2021 Tour de France will start in Brest, in Brittany, on Saturday, June 26, having originally been scheduled for a Grand Départ in Copenhagen, Denmark. With the Euro 2020 football championships having been rescheduled for next summer, overlapping with the Tour, and with some games set to be played in Copenhagen, it’s been decided to postpone the Danish start until 2022, with Brittany stepping in as host.

Although the official unveiling of

Tadej Pogacar wins Tour de France to make history for Slovenia

Pogacar, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Monday, is the youngest winner since 1904, sealing his triumph with a sensational performance in the mountain time trial on the penultimate stage.

Until then it had looked as if his compatriot and long-time leader Primoz Roglic would claim the yellow jersey, but in a remarkable reversal it was Pogacar who won the stage and took the race lead by 59 seconds.

Sunday’s 21st stage is by tradition a processional affair, with no attempts at breakaways until the concluding eight circuits around the French capital commence.

Pogacar stayed safely on his bike to

Tour de France 2020: Grappling with staging the world’s toughest bike race in a pandemic

Watched on television by millions across the world, the annual race is deeply embedded in French culture as it weaves its way across stunning countryside and vertiginous mountains, as well as through picturesque towns and cities before concluding on Paris’ Champs-Elysées.
The Tour is normally held during July, but the global pandemic put paid to that idea, hence the August 29 start. The pandemic and a recent spike in new infections in France has also left organizers with a real logistical challenge in how best to stage the 23-day race.
Adding to organizers’ worries, the Alpes-Maritimes region —