Tour de France 2019: Stage 20 Preview

Tour de France 2019: Stage 20 Preview

  • Albertville > Val Thorens
  • Date: 07/27/2019
  • Distance: 130 km
  • Type: Mountain

Stage 20 marks the third stage finish above 2000 meters, a first for the Tour de France. Coming as it is at the end of the race, it will be last chance for weary riders to make up time, defend their position, or go for a single day of glory if the rest of their race didn’t go as planned.

The category 1 Cormet de Roselend will kick things off at just 36 km into the race. Look for an early break, which may prove advantageous as riders head into HC Val Thorens. The 33.4 km climb at an average of 5.5 percent will test tired legs, proving for the last time in the tour who the climbers really are.

The winner of the tour will be decided today, before riders head to Paris on stage 21. Will the yellow jersey crest the summit first, or will it be a rider with fresher legs?  Watch this final dramatic stage to see how it all plays out.

Lydia Tanner

Lydia Tanner is the athlete content editor at Training Peaks. She was formerly an editor at Bicycling Magazine and contributor at Bike Magazine, RedBull, and 303Cycling. She is a two-time collegiate national champion in XC MTB, and raced the World Championships as a U23. She is perpetually curious about physiology and human performance.