The 2020 Tour de France looks set to be one for the pure climbers, with five mountain top finishes over the total distance of 3,460km.
The race runs from Saturday June 26 to Sunday July 19 and will feature its usual 21 stages with two rest days after stages 10 and 15.
The Tour de France 2019 kicks off in Belgium, a return to foreign starts for the race after a home start in Vendée in 2018.
The opening two stages both start and finish in the city of Brussels, with the opening stage a likely bunch finish that should see a sprinter claim the first yellow jersey of the race.
The second stage is a 28km team time trial in the city, which will be the first stage that could see splits between the GC contenders.
The Tour starts in Belgium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five-time winner Eddy Merckx’s first victory, while the entire race will celebrate the centenary of the maillot jaune, or yellow jersey.
From Brussels the race then heads southward into France with some sprint stages and into the Vosges Mountains. Here the riders will face their first test to the mountain-top finish of La Planche des Belles Filles.
Tough medium mountain stages await them on their way through the Massif Central, before they hit the Pyrenees for three high mountain stages and an individual time trial. On stage 14, the Tour de France will finish on the summit of the Col du Tourmalet, the most used climb in the history of the race.
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