Stage 20 of Tour de France to be 59 kilometres long
Jul 27 2019 03:21 am CET

Stage 20 of Tour de France to be 59 kilometres long
Stage 20 of Tour de France to be 59 kilometres long
Tour de France

The 20th stage of the Tour de France will also be shortened due to risks of landslides and difficult weather conditions.

After the 19th stage of the French grand tour had to be neutralised with one climb to go due to hail, snow, streams of water and landslides, the next stage will also be shortened. The last alpine stage will be 59 kilometres long and will only include the last climb of the day, the hors-category of Val Thorens.

The new route of the stage will skip the climb of the first category of the Cormet de Roselend and the second category ascent of the Cote de Longefoy. "After taking off from Albertville, the stage will go on the N90 road to head directly to Moutiers and then go on the initial end of the stage at the N90 – D915 roundabout, 36kms from the finish," said the organisation of the race through Twitter.

"The start will be given in Albertville at 14:30 for a total distance of 59kms. All the initial sporting points will be withdrawn except the KOM standings at the finish in Val Thorens."

At the end of the 19th stage, Egan Bernal took the Yellow Jersey after finishing the climb of the Iseran by himself and with enough time to take the lead of the General Classification. Julian Alaphilippe dropped to the second place and is at 48 seconds from the Colombian rider of Ineos and Geraint Thomas is in the third position, at one minute and 16 seconds from his teammate.
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