After probably the best Tour de France for years, we already have the 2021 la Grande Boucle route to look forward to. Ed Hood takes a 'first look' at the course and stages of the cycling Behemoth that is the Tour de France.
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PEZ-Clusive INTERVIEW: The penultimate time trial stage of the 2020 Tour de France turned the race on its head. With a stunning ride, Tadej Pogačar put time into everyone to take the overall lead. As Tadej said at the time it was a team effort, and one of the links in the UAE Team Emirates chain was DS Allan Peiper, Ed Hood managed to 'have a word'.
The last stage of the 2020 Tour de France in Paris went to the Irishman in the green jersey, Sam Bennett (Deceuninck - Quick-Step). But the day was always going to be Slovenian as Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) confirmed his overall win.
Author Peter Cossins describes in his history of that first 1903 Tour de France, the inelegantly titled “Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep,” the original Tour de France, something totally new and untried and flawed in many ways, “should be considered as one of the greatest events in sporting history.”
An unbelievable climax to the 2020 Tour de France as 'Young Gun' Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) stormed the climb of La Planche-des-Belles-Filles. The Slovenian not only took the stage win, he demolished his countryman, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), to slip into the yellow jersey with just the ride to Paris on Sunday.
For some riders, stage 19 was a pre-time trial rest day, but the battle for the green jersey caused another day of excitement. Sunweb's Søren Kragh Andersen went solo in the finalé for his second Tour stage win after his stage 14 victory. The GC men rode home at their leisure to stay in the same positions.
Stage 18 was billed as the hardest day of the 2020 Tour de France and it was the INEOS-Grenadiers team who gave the mountains a good shake. Carapaz and Kwiatkowski made the break and then team time trialed to the finish. The top ten had some changes, but Roglič, Pogačar and López kept their podium places.