The 107th edition of the Grande Boucle, the Tour de France, starts today from Nice and will close on 20 September in Paris, on the Champs Elysèes, as per tradition. The measures set up for the containment of the coronavirus are very strict, but the show will not be lacking in the epic French race.
Initially scheduled from 27 June to 19 July 2020, the Tour was moved to the end of August for security reasons, in a country, France, which is returning to the nightmare caused by Covid-19, with the fear of a new lockdown.
For the containment of the coronavirus, which, in the last week, has returned to a certain scare in France, the presence of the crowd will be extremely reduced and will vary from stage to stage, based on the level of restrictions in place in place (some Departments of the Transalpine country have already been classified as alerte rouge).
The crowds must strictly wear a mask, as well as the cyclists up to a few minutes from the start, and no selfies, autographs, contacts of any kind with the riders, who will be 8 for each of the 22 teams and will live for three weeks in isolation, in a sort of big bulle, a traveling bubble.
The athletes - who have already undergone a first batch of tampons - will also be tested on rest days, 7 and 14 September. If two members are found positive, the whole team will be excluded from the race. The award ceremony will be at a safe distance, carried out by men and women, in line with the new anti-sexism policies.
The 2020 Tour route measures 3482 km, divided as follows: 8 mountain hamlets, 3 hills, 9 flat ones. There is only one time trial: 36.2 km from Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles. Who will run and the history of the Tour de France It is also impossible not to speak from the great absentee, Chris Froome: the Briton, one of the great favorites on the eve, will not be at the start from Nice, as will another great of Team Ineos, Geraint Thomas, champion in 2018.
Froome will have to postpone the race. assault on the fifth Yellow Jersey, missing the second consecutive Tour after the one in 2019, missed due to an injury. Team Ineos will instead field the reigning champion Egan Bernal, who will fight for an encore along with other big names such as Primoz Roglic (his condition to be checked after a fall at the Dauphiné), Thibaut Pinot, Tom Dumoulin, Richard Carapaz, Nairo Quintana and Tadej Pogacar.
Fabio Aru, co-captain of Team UAE Emirates, will also start. From 2013 to 2019 there are only four Tour de France winners: Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome, Egan Bernal and Vincenzo Nibali. The Colombian is the reigning champion and the only one to have won the 'grande boucle' at the start.
The Welshman prevailed in 2018, beating his teammate Froome, a fresh winner at the Giro. The Brit of the then Team Sky had won on four occasions: 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Nibali broke an Italian fast that had lasted since 1998, going on to win in 2014.
Among the multiple winners of the Tour of France we remember with 5 victories: Bernard Hinault (FRA), Jacques Anquetil (FRA), Eddy Merckx (BEL), Miguel Indurain (ESP), with 4 wins: Christopher Froome (GBR) and with 3 wins: Greg LeMond (USA), Louison Bobet (FRA), Philippe Thys (BEL).
Among the Italians with 2 victories we find Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi and Ottavio Bottecchia while Vincenzo Nibali, Marco Pantani, Felice Gimondi and Gastone Nencini each have one victory.