2020 has been quite rocky for pro cycling (and the world, in general.) It’s been a long road, but we’ve finally arrived at the biggest cycling event of the year. The Tour de France kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 29 and even before it starts we already know that it will be exciting and different from any other year.
The 2020 Tour de France
In this highly compressed two-month season, cyclists are going into the 107th edition of the Tour with the fitness they gained or lost during lockdown. This makes the race particularly riveting and there are sure to be some unexpected surprises.
Many are predicting a showdown between INEOS and Jumbo-Visma, with the GC reigning champ Egan Bernal and Slovenian national champion Primož Roglič racing for their respective teams.
The stages haven’t changed from those planned for the original (pre-corona) race date in June. The Tour will feature eight mountain stages with four summit finishes, nine flat stages, three hilly stages, and one individual time trial on the penultimate day.
La Course by le Tour de France
Women don’t get an an entire Tour de France—instead they get a one-day race called La Course by le Tour de France. This race will take place on Aug. 29 and the reigning champ, Marianne Vos of CCC-Liv will be the cyclist to beat. La Course, originally slated to take place in Paris, will now be held on a newly designed 96km course along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
How to watch the 2020 Tour de France and La Course by le Tour de France
FloBikes will be exclusively streaming the 2020 Tour de France on their online platforms. The race will run from Aug. 29-Sept. 20.
La Course by le Tour de France will take place on Aug 29 and will be available in Canada on FloBikes.
Watch the Tour with Michael Woods and Svein Tuft
The Flobikes app lets you watch the Tour with others, including Michael Woods and Svein Tuft. Both stars of Canadian cycling will be part of “watch parties” that you can attend through the app. The dates of these sessions are Aug. 30 at 10:45 a.m. EDT for Stage 2 and Sept. 1 at 10:15 a.m. EDT for Stage 4. Woods and Tuft will have insights for you than only come from having raced the Tour de France itself.