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Pinot, Martin, Bardet … Reactions to the presentation of the route

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 1, 2020

Guillaume Martin (FRA / Cofidis)

“It’s a course that seems fairly balanced to me, with the start in the West. It’s something I’m quite happy about as a Norman. The Tour de France finds roads where it has its habits and where people are passionate about cycling. This first week in the West could generate gaps. There may be twists of fate, favorites that will waste a little time, especially with the time trial. It risks opening the race for the rest and for the weekend in the Alps but also for the Mont Ventoux which will be one of the great moments of the Tour but even more for the last week in the Pyrenees which, seen from afar, me seems to be really difficult and that promises to be spectacular. I’m obviously looking forward to it. “

Thibaut Pinot (FRA / Groupama-FDJ)

“It’s a really classic course, different from those of recent years, with a lot of sprints, a lot of stages for punchers especially. The Pyrenees are pretty tough. It is less for climbers than for complete runners who will have two times. The course is still interesting. A beautiful stage in Tignes which is for me the most pleasant mountain stage. “

Nans Peters (FRA / AG2R-La Mondiale)

“We find a slightly more classic format, with a first week which may be very nervous. Personally, I am a little disappointed that there are only two stages in the Alps. In the Pyrenees, there is a good part for offensive runners, I hope to be part of it. “

David Gaudu (FRA / Groupama-FDJ)

“There are two first beautiful stages, for punchers-climbers, fifteen kilometers from my parents’ house or from my house for the second stage. It makes you want to be there. I have to know every turn. Mûr-de-Bretagne is our own Alpe d’Huez, the Bretons, with a large crowd pushing us. In the Pyrenees, two years later, we returned to the Col du Portet. I really liked this climb. “

Romain Bardet (FRA / AG2R-La Mondiale)

“It’s a slightly more traditional route, a little more classic, which reminds me of the Tour I watched in my childhood, with two big lap times which will be important deadlines for the general classification. At first glance, there isn’t a typical sequence of high mountain stages that suit me or intermediate massifs that can tire the bodies. But this Tour could be tricky, the wind will be important. The third week gives pride of place to the mountains, the strong men will emerge at that time. We remember that the Col du Portet had made some nice gaps. I will certainly be there, we are still in the approach phase, the objectives have not yet been defined but I am happy to be able to plan for 2021 already. “

Wout van Aert (BEL / Jumbo-Visma)

“There’s a lot more time trials and I appreciate that. It starts from the Tour de France, from every Grand Tour itself, if you consider that it must be won by a rider as complete as possible. The fact that the first time trial will be organized on the first Wednesday is nice. In addition, I think it will be a more classic Tour de France. A first week that can be described as normal followed by the Alps and the Pyrenees, with few transition stages between the two. I also note that there are shorter steps than usual. It will also be different for riders aiming for the general classification. You won’t lose the Tour in that first week, but you can lose it. There will be more tension. I have never raced in Brittany but I think the wind will play a role there. However, we should not be afraid of this at Jumbo-Visma. We have the runners to handle this. “

Warren Barguil (FRA / Arkéa-Samsic)

“I find the course very well constructed. In France, there are so many beautiful places that there is something to suit all tastes. There will certainly be less vertical drop than this year. But it should offer more action and movement. There will also be tricky stages with curbs to avoid. It is really a traditional course which will crown a complete runner and not just a pure climber. We will say that I am a little chauvinistic but the course pleases me even more. We, the Breton runners, are going to experience some grandiose moments. There will be a big craze. There will really be something to tempt beautiful things. The stage of Ventoux, which we will climb twice, promises to be special and surprising. Because we’re not used to ending up at the bottom. The Pyrenees to finish, that suits me well too. The collars are closer together, less hard and that will promote attacks. The last stopwatch around the vines will also be a great discovery. “

Sources: Cofidis team Twitter account, L’Equipe, France 3, Wielerflits