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by Shane Stokes
March 13, 2018
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The organisers of the Tour de France have announced that the opening stage of the 2020 edition of the race will begin in Nice. The city on the Cote d’Azur will host the Grand Départ for the second time, having done so in 1981. It also featured in the 2011 edition of the race, which began on Corsica.
In all the Tour has visited the city 36 times in its history, starting with the stage win by René Pottier in 1906 and including then-world champion Bernard Hinault’s stage victory in 1981.
Race director Christian Prudhomme said that Sunday brought a reminder of how suspenseful racing in the area can be. “The most recent editions of Paris-Nice (including the one that just finished yesterday) have shown us that the variety of landscapes and relief in this region are conducive to suspense, attacking and a thrilling spectacle,” he stated. “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.”
Details of the opening stage and those which will follow it have not been given. The 2020 Tour will begin on Saturday June 27.
“It is a source of immense pride to welcome the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2020 to Nice for a second time following 1981,” said the city’s mayor Christian Estrosi. “Le Tour is the third biggest international sporting event and consequently ensures considerable economic benefits for our entire area. 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.”