2020 Tour de France Grand Departure heads to Nice
Mar 12 2018 04:46 pm CET

2020 Tour de France Grand Departure heads to Nice
2020 Tour de France Grand Departure heads to Nice


The Tour de France organisation has announced that the city of Nice will host the Grand Departure in 2020.

The start of the 107th edition of the race will be on Saturday, the 27th of June and is set to take place in Nice for the second time. The first was in 1981. The race has passed through this city 36 times, most recently in the 100th Tour de France.

"Le Tour is the third biggest international sporting event and consequently ensures considerable economic benefits for our entire area," said the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi. "Seven years after welcoming the 100th edition in 2013 which attracted almost 100,000 spectators, this is a further step which strengthens my desire to make Nice an essential city for hosting major sporting events.

"As a result, we will have our heart set on offering optimal conditions to the organisers and teams. Nice boasts an exceptional playground for cyclists, from the Promenade des Anglais up to the high passes of the Mercantour national park. This rich relief will make it possible to launch the 107th edition of the Tour de France in the finest way possible."

For the director of the Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme, Paris-Nice has shown the potential of the city and its surroundings. "The most recent editions of Paris-Nice have shown us that the variety of landscapes and relief in this region are conducive to suspense, attacking and a thrilling spectacle!," commented the Director.

"This is exactly what we want in order to give the Tour de France 2020 a dynamic tone. In Nice, we know that the pack and its support staff will be immersed for almost a week in a friendly atmosphere brimming with enthusiasm for cycling."
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