Despite a delay of over two months from its intended start date in late June, the 107th edition of the Tour de France returns to the French countryside beginning Aug. 29. The 23-day, 21-stage race winding 3,470 kilometers (2,156 miles) remains the same, but the COVID-19 pandemic means it will be a race like no other.
This year’s edition departs from Nice and comes to its ceremonial finish in Paris over three weeks later. The route feature eight mountain stages with four summit finishes, nine flat stages, three hilly stages, and one individual time trial on the penultimate day.
2019 winner Egan Bernal returns with Team Ineos and looks to claim his second Tour de France victory. He is the first Colombian to ever win the title and was the third-youngest rider ever to do so at the age of 22 years and 196 days.
In an unexpected shakeup, both four-time champion Chris Froome and 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas were left off of Ineos and will watch the race from home. An updated list of stage winners, the most recent stage standings and what the colored jerseys that riders are wearing can be found below.
Tour de France standings 2020
You can find a full list of classifications here.
Tour de France winners, results by stage
The 2020 Tour de France sets off from Nice and ends 23 days later in the country’s capital of Paris. Cyclists are given just two rest days during the taxing 3,470 km (2,156 mi.) journey.
What do the Tour de France jerseys mean?
While most casual cycling fans are familiar with the yellow jersey given to the rider with the lowest aggregate time prior to that day’s stage, there are actually a handful of jersey colors and numbers that symbolize different meanings.
In total there are 176 riders representing 30 countries, racing for 22 different teams. Each team has its own custom jersey adorned with various sponsors, but a select few elite riders will not match their teammates. Below are what the special jerseys are and what they represent.
The familiar yellow jersey is known as the maillot jaune. This jersey indicates the cyclist with the lowest aggregate time prior to the start of that day’s stage. Because the jersey is based on total time, it does not necessarily just go to the rider who won that day’s stage. Last year’s winner Egan Bernal wore the yellow jersey for just three stages.
A white jersey with red polka-dots is awarded to the “King of the Mountains”.
Mountains are graded on steepness, length, and position on the course and given points corresponding to that grade. The first rider to crest the hills and mountains are then awarded the corresponding points. The first maillot à pois rouges was first worn in 1975.
The green jersey, or maillot vert, is the sprinter’s jersey, given to the leader of the points classification.
The first 10-25 riders that cross the finish of that day’s stage are awarded points depending on that stage’s profile (i.e. flat, hilly, mountainous). Flatter courses produce more points, thereby leading to the association of a sprinter excelling on these routes.
Last year’s winner of the green jersey Peter Sagan also holds the record for most times winning it (7). He has won the mailot vert seven of the last eight years.
The maillot blanc goes to the best young rider. This jersey is worn by the fastest overall rider who is under age 25 on Jan. 1 of that year’s race. Egan Bernal also won this jersey last year.
Slightly less noticeable than the different colored jerseys are the different colored numbers some riders wear. The most combative rider of each stage — after every stage excluding time trials, a panel decides the day’s most aggressive rider — will wear a red number on a white background, instead of the usual black on white.
Cyclists with a black number on a yellow background represent riders of the team with the fastest three riders. They also have the option of wearing yellow helmets.
Additionally the reigning world champions of the road race and individual time trial wear a rainbow jersey in those respective stages of the Tour. These jersey consists of a white jersey with green, yellow, black, red and blue bands around it. This year’s World Championships fall on the same day as the final stage of the Tour de France, meaning riders will have to decide which event to attend.
Tour de France records
With 106 years of history, there is plenty of time for countless records to rise and fall throughout the different iterations of the Tour de France. For starters, this is just the second time since World War II that the event has not been held in July.
Eddy Merckx is the Michael Jordan of cycling having won a record 34 stages and five Tour de France titles. He is joined by Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as the only-five time winners of the event.
Merckx is also the only cyclist to win every category upon the completion of a Tour de France. In 1969 the Belgian cyclist was the King of the Mountains, won the combination classification, combativity award and points competition, and won the Tour.
While Merckx was the wearer of all the colored jerseys, twice the overall winner of the Tour de France never won the yellow jersey during the race – Jean Robic in 1947 and Jan Janssen in 1968.
The greatest margin of victory is 28 minutes, 17 seconds, accomplished by Fausto Coppi in 1952. Greg LeMond’s victory of eight seconds, over Laurent Fignon in 1989 remains the slimmest margin.
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