Tour de France stage guide: Adam Yates profiles 2020 race stages

Adam Yates riding at the 2019 Tour de France
Adam Yates’ best Tour finish is fourth in 2016, when he won the best young rider jersey

This year’s rescheduled Tour de France started in Nice on 29 August and finishes in Paris on Sunday, 20 September.

The riders are tackling a particularly tough course, with plenty of unique touches, as they race 3,470km around France.

Britain’s Adam Yates is targeting stage wins over general classification in his fifth Tour and has given BBC Sport his insight into each of the stages.

This page will be updated throughout the Tour – listing the winner and providing a brief report after each stage has been completed.

Saturday, 29 August – stage one: Nice – Nice, 156km

Alexander Kristoff wins the opening stage
Alexander Kristoff secured the yellow jersey with a superb sprint finish

Winner: Alexander Kristoff (Nor/UAE-Team Emirates)

Report: Kristoff wins first stage as several riders crash in rain

Alexander Kristoff timed his sprint finish to perfection to win the opening stage, with Mads Pedersen second and Cees Bol third. There were several crashes on wet roads, but Team Ineos’ defending champion Egan Bernal largely avoided the trouble and finished safely in the peloton.

Sunday, 30 August – stage two: Nice – Nice, 186km

Julian Alaphilippe
Julian Alaphilippe was the fastest finisher from the late attackers as the peloton closed quickly but ultimately too late

Winner: Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

Report: Alaphilippe rides into yellow with Yates second overall

Our Tour guide Adam Yeats was in with a shout of winning stage two after launching a late attack alongside Julian Alaphilippe and Swiss youngster Marc Hirschi.

In the end he did not have the legs in the final sprint, but his third place in Nice was enough to put him into second overall, four seconds behind effervescent Frenchman Alaphilippe.

Monday, 31 August – stage three: Nice – Sisteron, 198km

Australia's Caleb Ewan (right) puts his arms up in celebration after beating Ireland's Sam Bennett (left) in a bunch sprint on stage three of the 2020 Tour de France
Caleb Ewan has won stages in all three Grand Tours

Winner: Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto Soudal)

Report: Ewan sprints to dazzling victory

As Adam Yates suggested it would be, this was indeed a sprint finish, and one taken in spectacular fashion by Aussie speedster Caleb Ewan.

After Peter Sagan had led out from distance it looked like Irishman Sam Bennett was set for victory, but Lotto Soudal’s Ewan came from deep, squeezed past a fading Sagan on the barriers and swooped around Bennett to win in sensational style.

Tuesday, 1 September – stage four: Sisteron – Orcieres-Merlette, 160.5km

Primoz Roglic (centre) celebrates with his Jumbo-Visma team-mates after winning stage four of the 2020 Tour de France
Primoz Roglic secured his third Tour stage win on the 2020 edition’s first summit finish

Primoz Roglic made a statement of intent with victory on the first summit finish of this year’s race. The Slovenian’s Jumbo-Visma team set the pace on the final climb before Roglic countered a late attack by Guillaume Martin to claim his third Tour stage win.

Despite Roglic’s show of strength, most of the contenders did not lose any time, with Julian Alaphilippe retaining the yellow jersey and Adam Yates remaining second overall.

Winner: Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma)

Report: Roglic shows impressive form in summit finish win

Wednesday, 2 September – stage five: Gap – Privas, 183km

Adam Yates leaves the podium in the yellow jersey after stage five of the 2020 Tour de France
Adam Yates is the ninth different British rider to wear the yellow jersey

Our guide Adam Yates claimed the yellow jersey for the first time in his career in strange circumstances after Julian Alaphilippe was docked 20 seconds for taking a bottle off a team support member inside the final 20km of the stage.

It had been a quiet day until the finale, with unusually no breakaway forming, before Belgium’s Wout van Aert underlined his all-round talents by beating the best sprinters in the race. Ireland’s Sam Bennett finished third to take the green jersey off Peter Sagan.

Winner: Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma)

Report: Yates takes yellow after Alaphilippe penalised

Thursday, 3 September – stage six: Le Teil – Mont Aigoual, 191km

Alexey Lutsenko raises his arms in celebration after winning stage six of the 2020 Tour de France
Alexey Lutsenko’s only previous Grand Tour stage win came at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana

A strong eight-man group established a healthy lead early on before Kazakh champion Alexey Lutsenko steadily dropped the rest of his breakaway partners. The Astana rider rode the last 17km alone to take an impressive first Tour stage win.

Adam Yates comfortably retained the yellow jersey, with none of the contenders mounting any attacks, although Julian Alaphilippe sprinted late on to grab one second back.

Winner: Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana)

Report: Lutsenko wins first Tour stage as Yates stays in yellow

Friday, 4 September – stage seven: Millau – Lavaur, 168km

Wout van Aert wins stage seven of the Tour de France
Wout van Aert, a three-time world cyclo-cross world champion, continues to impress on the road in France

Crosswinds played their part as Wout van Aert claimed his second stage win of the race in a reduced bunch sprint finish. Britain’s Adam Yates managed to keep in the leading group but several of his general classification rivals missed out with Tadej Pogacar and Mikel Landa both losing more than a minute.

Winner: Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma)

Report: Yates keeps yellow as Van Aert continues to impress

Saturday, 5 September – stage eight: Cazeres-sur-Garonne – Loudenvielle, 141km

Nans Peters
Nans Peters won his first stage on a Grand Tour at the Giro d’Italia in 2019

Britain’s Adam Yates retained the Tour de France leader’s yellow jersey as Nans Peters rode to a superb solo win on stage eight. A tough day of climbing saw Yates respond to several attacks on the final climb on the Col de Peyresourde to maintain his advantage. France’s Peters led home the survivors of a 13-man breakaway to record a memorable win in the Pyrenees.

Winner: Nans Peters (Fra/AG2R-La Mondiale)

Report: Yates defends Tour de France lead after tough mountain stage

Sunday, 6 September – stage nine: Pau – Laruns, 153km

Tadej Pogacar
Tadej Pogacar is the youngest stage winner at the Tour in the 21st Century

Britain’s Adam Yates lost the leader’s yellow jersey to Primoz Roglic as Tadej Pogacar won the stage. Yates was dropped on the final climb, while Pogacar edged fellow Slovenian Roglic in a sprint to the line.

Winner: Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE-Team Emirates)

Report: Yates loses yellow jersey to Roglic

Monday, 7 September – rest day: Carente-Maritime

Tuesday, 8 September – stage 10: Ile d’Oleron – Ile de Re, 168.5km

Ireland's Sam Bennett celebrates winning stage 10 of the 2020 Tour De France
Sam Bennett has now won stages in all three Grand Tours

Ireland’s Sam Bennett sprinted to his first Tour de France stage victory by holding off Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan after a stressful day that saw several crashes. Victory also moved Bennett, who Adam Yates picked for the stage win, back into the green jersey as leader of the points classification ahead of Sagan. Primoz Roglic avoided trouble to retain the yellow jersey.

Winner: Sam Bennett (Ire/Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

Report: Bennett claims first Tour stage win

Wednesday, 9 September – stage 11: Chatelaillon-Plage – Poitiers, 167.5km

A photo finish shows Caleb Ewan narrowly beating Sam Bennett, Wout van Aert and Peter Sagan on stage 11 of the 2020 Tour de France
Caleb Ewan claimed the tightest sprint finish of the race so far

Caleb Ewan claimed his second win of this year’s Tour and fifth overall by edging out his rivals in a thrilling sprint. The Australian threw his bike just ahead of Peter Sagan, who was subsequently relegated to last and docked 13 points by the race jury for colliding with Wout van Aert. Sam Bennett was promoted to second, giving the Irishman a 68-point lead over Sagan in the green jersey points classification.

Winner: Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto Soudal)

Report: Ewan wins thrilling sprint as Bennett tightens grip on green

Thursday, 10 September – stage 12: Chauvigny – Sarran, 218km

Marc Hirschi
Marc Hirschi claimed his first professional win on stage 12 after twice being on the podium earlier in the Tour

Marc Hirschi produced a superb solo break to record his first professional win. The Swiss rider went clear with 28km remaining of the 218km stage – the longest in this year’s Tour – to win by 47 seconds on an uneventful day in the general classification.

Winner: Marc Hirschi (Swi/Sunweb)

Report: Hirschi wins his first Tour stage

Friday, 11 September – stage 13: Chatel-Guyon – Puy Mary, 191.5km

Daniel Martinez holds his hands up in celebration after winning stage 13 of the 2020 Tour de France
Daniel Martinez won the 2020 Criterium du Dauphine

Primoz Roglic tightened his hold on the yellow jersey after he and fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar dropped all of their rivals on a gruelling final climb to Puy Mary. Defending champion Egan Bernal struggled and slipped to third overall, with Roglic now leading Pogacar by 44 seconds.

Colombian Daniel Martinez proved the strongest rider from a 17-man breakaway, reeling in Max Schachmann before punching clear of Lennard Kamna in the final metres to claim a superb maiden Tour stage win.

Winner: Daniel Martinez (Col/EF Pro Cycling)

Report: Roglic extends lead as Martinez claims maiden stage win

Saturday, 12 September – stage 14: Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon, 194km

Soren Kragh Andersen smiles after winning stage 14
Soren Kragh Andersen secured Sunweb’s second win in three days

Denmark’s Soren Kragh Andersen attacked with three kilometres to go in a frantic finale to take a surprise win and cap a sublime tactical ride by Team Sunweb. Peter Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team dropped Sam Bennett on the second climb and Sagan finished fourth, cutting Bennett’s green jersey lead to 43 points. Primoz Roglic maintained his 44-second lead in the yellow jersey.

Winner: Soren Kragh Andersen (Den/Team Sunweb)

Report: Andersen attacks late to take stage win

Sunday, 13 September – stage 15: Lyon – Grand Colombier, 174.5km

Tadej Pogacar (right) beats Primoz Roglic (left) to win stage 15 of the 2020 Tour de France
Tadej Pogacar beat Primoz Roglic in a repeat of the Slovenian one-two on stage nine

Tadej Pogacar claimed his second stage win of this year’s Tour to slightly cut into Primoz Roglic’s lead. Pogacar kicked clear late on to win atop Grand Colombier and now trails his fellow Slovenian by 40 seconds.

It was another strong showing by Roglic and his Jumbo-Visma team, who set such a high pace on the final climb that they dropped defending champion Egan Bernal. The Ineos Grenadiers rider lost over seven minutes to tumble from third to 13th, while Adam Yates moved up to fifth overall.

Winner: Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates)

Report: Pogacar wins from Roglic as Bernal drops out of contention

Monday, 14 September- rest day: Isere

My rest day routines stay pretty similar – take it easy as much as possible. We normally have a brief meeting with the sport directors on a rest day, but most of the details are saved for the meetings prior to each stage.

Tuesday, 15 September – stage 16: La Tour-du-Pin – Villard-de-Lans, 164km

The route profile of stage 16 of the Tour de France
Villard-de-Lans was popular during Tours in the 1980s and 1990s, with Pedro Delgado going a long way to ensuring victory in the 1988 race by winning here

This is a really good day for the breakaway because the category one climb has quite a long valley after it – so I don’t see the general classification riders testing each other on this stage; instead, I see them thinking more about the last two hard days to come.

Rider to watch: Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana)

Wednesday, 16 September – stage 17: Grenoble – Meribel, 170km

The route profile of stage 17 of the Tour de France
The yellow jersey was introduced during the 1919 Tour and first worn by Eugene Christophe after a stage that finished in Grenoble

There are two long climbs in the second half of the race, but the Col de la Loze is particularly brutal, with the new part basically a bike path, linking two ski resorts. This has a big potential to be battled out by the general classification riders and it’s a good climb for Colombians with a finish at 2,304km.

Rider to watch: Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana)

Thursday, 17 September – stage 18: Meribel to La Roche-sur-Foron, 175km

The route profile of stage 18 of the Tour de France
La Roche-sur-Foron is more known for skiing but hosted the start of a Dauphine Libere stage in 1988

It probably will be a day for the break, but it would have to be a very strong breakaway, made up of climbers outside of the general classification battle. The Montee du plateau des Glieres is too far from the finish – with 30km still to go for the GC guys – to try to attack each other for time today.

Rider to watch: Warren Barguil (Fra/Arkea-Samsic)

Friday, 18 September – stage 19: Bourg-en-Bresse – Champagnole, 166.5km

The route profile of stage 19 of the Tour de France
Bourg-en-Bresse has often suited sprinters when used as a stage finish, with Thor Hushovd winning there in 2002 and Tom Boonen doing so in 2007

The general classification riders would definitely be hoping for an easier day before the time trial. But this one could be harder than the profile looks – a lot of riders will looking for their chance to take a stage. If some sprinters don’t make it, this can change a lot as it’s one fewer team to control. With stage 21 always a bunch sprint, it’s the last chance for most of the bunch to look for a win.

Rider to watch: Luka Mezgec (Slo/Mitchelton-Scott)

Saturday, 19 September – stage 20: Lure – La Planche des Belles Filles, 36.2km (time trial)

The route profile of stage 20 of the Tour de France
Chris Froome made his first big impression at the Tour on La Plance des Belles Filles by claiming stage seven of the 2012 race, which team-mate Bradley Wiggins went on to win

It’s not a surprise that I’d prefer a time trial with climbing metres. While the time triallists will always be strong, you also have to take into account that there have been 19 days of racing – so there are a few other factors to take into account. For instance, if you’re out of the general classification running and are not a time trial specialist, you’re not likely to push hard on this stage, especially with the World Championships next week. Watch out to see if anyone does a bike change – the jury is still out for me.

Rider to watch: Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma)

Sunday, 20 September – stage 21: Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris, 122km

The route profile of stage 21 of the Tour de France
Caleb Ewan, Andre Greipel and Alexander Kristoff are the three former winners on the Champs-Elysees riding this year’s Tour

Getting to the Champs Elysees is satisfying and special, no matter what the route; the Tour de France is always hard. There’s a chance we could be a sprinter or two short by the last day, but regardless of that, there’s no shortage of people to put their hand up to win that coveted sprint.

Rider to watch: Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma)

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