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Tour 2020 - Parcours and Classifications
« on: August 20, 2020, 11:04 »
#yellow Classement général individuel au temps

The 2020 Tour will be one of the more mountainous in recent memory, with serious climbs coming as early as Stage 2 and continuing steadily throughout all three weeks of the Tour—including summit finishes on Stages 4, 6, 13, 15, 17, and 20. Thereby it hits all five of the nation’s major mountain ranges, and features only one stage over 200K (Stage 12) and one time trial (Stage 20).

There are 10, 6 and 4 bonus seconds awarded for the Top 3 at the finish again, and for each stage of the race. Additionally, as introduced last year, there's a "Bonus Points" system, handing out 8, 5 and 2 seconds for the three best placed riders on eight mountain- or hilltop sprints (marked with a yellow "B") during the race:




Last year it didn't make much of difference, but for this edition they have been moved more towards the end of the stages, so we could see more GC guys getting involved.

Still, the major time differences will probably be made during the mountain stages - starting with two relatively gentle ones in week 1:



then two more in the Pyrénées on day #8 and #9:



one in the Massif central on day #13




before heading over to the Alpes, for a very tough final week of the race




which finishes with a time-trial to La Planche des Belles Filles



So although some difference can be made early on, it looks most likely to come down to the 3rd week, and maybe even the time trial.



#green Classement par points

The points classification was introduced in 1953 to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Tour de France, and after some changes over the years, since 2011 (with some minor adjustments in 2016) the points are distributed in the same way - and so they will be for this edition.

Points awarded at the finish (by stage category):

cat. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
#flat Flat   50      30      20      18      16      14      12      10      8      7
#med Hilly   30      25      22      19      17      15      13      11      9      7
#mountain Mountain   20      17      15      13      11      10      9      8      7      6
#tt Time Trial   20      17      15      13      11      10      9      8      7      6
+ minor points for place 11-15

Points awarded at the intermediate sprint are the same on every type of stage (apart from time trials of course):

1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th1112131415
201715131110987654321

...with the stages being categorized in the following way:
  • #flat Flat Stages: 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14, 19, 21
  • #med Hilly Stages: 2, 4, 6, 12, 16
  • #mountain Mountain Stages: 8, 9, 13, 15, 17, 18
  • #tt Time Trial: 20

Apart from 2017 (when he was disqualified early on) #bora Peter Sagan was won the green jersey every time he participated in the race, and obviously is gunning for an 8th win this year.

Nine flat(tish) stages are a bit more than normal though, and could open the door for others, if someone really turns out to dominate the sprints - especially as most are very flat:





The stage to Lyon could play into his hands though, and it's also not out of question that he makes it over the climbs on Stage 2, to make an early 30 points difference, demoralizing all potential competitors:



First of all he'd need to find some shape though. He didn't exactly look stellar so far.



#kom Classement du meilleur grimpeur

Same as for the points classification, the scoring system for the mountain classification has changed several times, and although the points are distributed in the same way as over the past years...

Type de côte 1er 2e 3e 4e 5e 6e 7e 8e 9e 10e
Hors catégorie 20 15 12 10 8 6 4 2
1re catégorie 10 8 6 4 2 1
2e catégorie 5 3 2 1
3e catégorie 2 1
4e catégorie 1

...there is a big of a change again. In 2019, ASO went a bit too far and decided to award double points on all HC climbs. This year, it'll only be the case on Col de la Loze, on stage 17.

That's basically the only really tough, point-heavy mountain-top finish then, so there should be quite a good chance for non-gc riders to take the jersey this year:

# Stage Poins Underway Points at the Finish
    Stage 2       #mountain   Nice Haut Pays > Nice      10 + 10 + 5      
    Stage 4      #med   Sisteron > Orcières-Merlette      2 + 1 + 2 + 2      10
    Stage 6      #med   Le Teil > Mont Aigoual      2 + 2 + 10      
    Stage 8       #mountain   Cazères-sur-Garonne > Loudenvielle      10 + 20 + 10      
    Stage 9       #mountain   Pau > Laruns      1 + 10 + 2 + 2 + 10      
    Stage 13       #mountain   Châtel-Guyon > Puy Mary Cantal      10 + 2 + 5 + 2 + 2 + 5      10
    Stage 15       #mountain   Lyon > Grand Colombier      10 + 10      20
    Stage 16       #mountain   La Tour-du-Pin > Villard-de-Lans      1 + 5 + 5 + 10      5
    Stage 17       #mountain   Grenoble > Méribel Col de la Loze      20      40
    Stage 18       #mountain   Méribel > La Roche-sur-Foron      10 + 2 + 5 + 10 + 20      
    Stage 20       #tt   Lure > La Planche des Belles Filles            10

Also at the Grand Colombier HC finish 20 points are awarded of course, but so do three other HC climbs underway, not too likely to see many GC contenders finish up front.



#white Classement du meilleur jeune

The white jersey for the best young rider was first introduced in 1975 and in the same fashion as usual, it is awarded to the rider with the highest position in the general classification, not born before January 1st 1995.

#ineos Egal Bernal obviously stands out as the favourite, but if he doesn't turn out to be at his best, it could turn into a hell of a battle, with no lack of high-profile contenders like #uae Tadej Pogacar, #ef Dani Martinez, #ineos Pavel Sivakov, #groupama David Gaudu, #movistar Enric Mas, #ef Sergio Higuita, or maybe also #bora Lennard Kämna, who looked super strong in the Dauphiné
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    Re: Tour 2020 - Parcours and Classifications
    « Reply #1 on: August 20, 2020, 12:06 »
     Well done Search. What and excellent thread starter.
    I'll spend the next day or so digesting all the info! :D
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    Re: Tour 2020 - Parcours and Classifications
    « Reply #2 on: August 20, 2020, 13:05 »
    The #green sure is a conundrum.

    Sagan shouldn't be winning it with the form he's been in for a while. No wins this year and his performance on stage 1 at the Dauphine sticks in the mind. That finish would have been meat and drink to the Sagan of yesteryear.

    On the other hand I'm not too sure I can see anyone being dominant enough to beat him.

    Demare, in great form, won't be there as Groupama are all about Pinot this year.

    WVA is on dom duties. That's not to say of course that he won't get a chance here and there for a stage and maybe steal crucial points.

    Ewan, while he got a stage win in Wallonie, was getting dropped like a sack of spuds on the not so tough final two days.

    The biggest challenge could come from Bennett as he seems in a bit better form, but he would need to rule the roost on the flat days and hope Sagan can't pick up too many points on the other stages.
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    Re: Tour 2020 - Parcours and Classifications
    « Reply #3 on: August 20, 2020, 13:23 »
    There was a short interview with Bennett in Het Nieuwsblad: "A couple of weeks ago I thought that It could be me indeed [who is Sagan's biggest rival for Green], but then I saw van Aert. I heard that he is supposed to be on domestique duties only, but that sounds surreal to me. He is so strong. I'll surely gonna give it a go, but I see van Aert on another level."

    On paper he is right maybe, but personally I don't really see van Aert getting involved in the flat sprints, or also wasting energy at the intermediate sprints. If Bennett really goes for it, he should be in the mix. And I'd also add Nizzolo maybe - although it probably doesn't help that #ntt brings different sprinters for all kind of terrain.
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    Re: Tour 2020 - Parcours and Classifications
    « Reply #4 on: August 20, 2020, 21:06 »
     I wonder whether the new Jumbo team selection was with half a mind towards the  #green
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    Re: Tour 2020 - Parcours and Classifications
    « Reply #5 on: August 21, 2020, 06:41 »
    I don't know, to me this looks more like more work for him than less. On paper, Jumbo looks strong, but Bennett is not really a domestique, and Kuss is a fantastic climber of course, but not exactly perfect to do much riding at the front either. Today in Het Nieuwsblad van Aert said that he hopes to get one chance to show himself in the sprint: on the Champs-Élysées.

    Of course, if he is still there at the end of stage 2 for example, there's probably a chance he'll get a stage win (unless Jumbo wants the bonus seconds for Roglic), but even if he scores some points in the mountains, to win green he'd basically need to be up there in every bunch sprint (+go for the intermediate sprints), and personally I'd be very surprised if that happens.
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    Re: Tour 2020 - Parcours and Classifications
    « Reply #6 on: August 21, 2020, 09:26 »
    Time Cuts



    Look up the stage and its coefficient on the table above and then match it to the listings below. It’s the same tight schedule for the mountains as the last two years, sprinters beware.



    Timekeeping
    Normally a one second gap on the finish line is needed to separate groups in a finish but for Stages 1,3,5,7,10,11,14,19 and 21, the likely sprint stages, three seconds is needed for a split in the field. The three kilometre rule doesn’t apply on Stages 4,6,13,15,16,17 and 20.

    Lots more info here:

    https://inrng.com/2020/08/tour-de-france-2020-guide/#more-37513

    Confirmation that every stage will be shown live from start to finish.
    The daily finish time varies between 5.00pm-5.55pm CEST each day.
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    Re: Tour 2020 - Parcours and Classifications
    « Reply #7 on: August 21, 2020, 15:38 »
    same as last year, Velofacts has a timecut calculator for all stages, by the way. Just enter the winner's time, and everything else happens automatically

    http://www.velofacts.com/cx-laps/tour-de-france-2020-time-limit-calculator.html
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    Re: Tour 2020 - Parcours and Classifications
    « Reply #8 on: August 26, 2020, 18:43 »
    big words from #bahrain Mikel Landa in Spanish press today:

    "That setback [from dropping in the Dauphiné] is already forgotten. I'm about to get to 100%. [...] I've had the idea to do a good Tour from the beginning of the year, and after returning to competition, I realized that I can be up there with the best. Apart from the last day in the Dauphiné, the feelings have been very good. I'm going there with the plan to win the race. It'll be tough because there are strong competitors, but I won't settle for the podium. [...] It's the best parcours ever for me. [...] The whole team stands behind me, and that comforts me a lot."

    https://pressreader.com/article/282132113824469

    Not sure it's really going to happen, but him (and also #astana Lopez) challenging the big mountain trains would certainly be very welcome
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