The organisers of Étape du Tour have announced the route of next year’s edition. The 30th edition of the cyclosportive will be held in Nice on 5 July 2020.

The riders will face a 177-kilometre course with an elevation gain of 3,570 m in the hinterland of Nice. A rising false flat in the first 50 kilometres will help them to warm up before tackling the first challenge of the day, the Col de la Colmiane. The Col de la Colmiane is 16.3 kilometres long with an average gradient of 6.3% taking the riders to an elevation of 1,500m.

After going over the top, a 20-kilometre descent will give the legs a break prior to climbing the major difficulty of the event, the Col de Turini. The Col de Turini is 14.9 kilometres in length and averages 7.4% and tops out at 1,607m. Riders will then face another long descent that will take them back to Nice.

The Col d’Èze, the well-known climb from Paris-Nice, is the final climb of the day and offers a superb view of the Moyenne Corniche. It will also give riders their first glimpse of the finish line, just a few kilometres down the road.

The sportive, with up to 15,000 riders taking part, will take place on closed roads and is considered one of Europe’s best cyclosportive events.

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