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the first three stages of the 2020 Vuelta were presented today, taking place in the Netherlands:

Stage 1 (ITT):


Stage 2:


Stage 3:


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    this one is looking better:

    GRAND DÉPART OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE 2020: SOUTHBOUND

    After Fleurance (1977, 1979), Nice (1981), San Sebastian (1992), Monaco (2009) and Porto-Vecchio (2013), the Tour de France will start from the south for the 7th time as it returns to Nice.

    The first two stages of the 107th edition will consist in two opposite challenges with a course designed for the sprinters as an opener and a climbing festival the next day which should suit the best climbers of the peloton.
     
    The starts from the South of France are among the options offering unusual prospects and scenarios. By hosting the Grand Depart of the 2020 Tour de France, Nice is writing a new chapter of its long history with cycling, which started in 1906 with a first visit by the Tour. For the 100th edition, the town was also asked to provide a superb gateway onto the continent when the peloton reached the mainland from Corsica. Almost 40 years ago, the 1981 edition also started from Nice, where Bernard Hinault made another show of strength and class. The prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes department is also an annual fixture of the cycling calendar with the Race to the Sun, often providing nail-biting finales.
     
    The first stages of the 107th edition should prove just as exciting. While the riders will be forced to raise on their pedals straightaway for the ascent of cote d'Aspremont, the three laps of the circuit designed for the opening stage should normally lead to a bunch sprint on Promenade des Anglais. But the man sporting the Yellow Jersey the next morning will certainly struggle to retain it given the profile of another Nice-Nice stage this time highlighting the hilly profile of the city's hinterland. On the 190 km of the course, the riders will have to tackle col de la Colmiane, col de Turini and Col d'Eze! A fierce battle of climbers on only the second day of the race...
     
    Opening stages of the 2020 Tour de France:

    27/06/2020, stage 1: Nice moyen pays > Nice, 170 km



    28/06/2020, stage 2: Nice haut pays > Nice, 190 km
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    quite an early start there by the way, at the end of June - especially with the one of the Giro rumored to be moved to mid-May
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    quite an early start there by the way, at the end of June - especially with the one of the Giro rumored to be moved to mid-May

    I'm assuming it's olympic games related the race being a week earlier than normal. Will the whole cycling calendar be moved a week earlier to accomodate or will it just be pre tour races like the Dauphine and Suisse held a week earlier than normal.
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    I'm assuming it's olympic games related the race being a week earlier than normal. Will the whole cycling calendar be moved a week earlier to accomodate or will it just be pre tour races like the Dauphine and Suisse held a week earlier than normal.
    If I remember correctly from previous Olympic years, it's 'just' the Tour that moves - causing a ripple effect that results in the national champs and the June races also moving.

    I don't remember the Giro etc. moving, though - so that sets a 'hard limit' to how far the calendar can be pushed.
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    quite an early start there by the way, at the end of June - especially with the one of the Giro rumored to be moved to mid-May

    If I remember correctly from previous Olympic years, it's 'just' the Tour that moves - causing a ripple effect that results in the national champs and the June races also moving.

    I don't remember the Giro etc. moving, though - so that sets a 'hard limit' to how far the calendar can be pushed.

    I've just looked it up and the only time the tour actually moved for the olympics since that was opened up to Pro riders was back in 1996. That was also when the Giro was a week later than it currently is so I'm guessing that the situation will be the same as it was then with of course the other changes to the calendar that have happened in the intervening years.
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    the alleged movement of the Giro was discussed to avoid an overlap with California. Maybe the UCI has realized meanwhile that no one really cares for ATOC anyway though, whatever date it's on.
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    Budapest ist now also officially confirmed to host the start of the 2020 Giro.



    GIRO D’ITALIA 2020 WILL START FROM HUNGARY

    the exact dates and routes are still to be determined though.
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