Stage 20 in the Tour de France is an individuel time trial of 23 kilometres in Marseille.
In recent years the ITT’s in La Grande Boucle were getting less and less prominent. The 2017 edition opens with a 13 kilometres chronorace, while this stage brings a route of 23 kilometres – that’s 36 kilometres combined. Not that long ago there were two time trials at that distance scheduled in one Tour de France.
The riders roll of the ramp at Stade Vélodrome to arrive there as well. In between they race via La Corniche – along the Mediterrenean – and the old harbour Le Vieux Port. The climb to the basilique of Notre Dame de la Garde is on the menu also.
It is the 35th time Marseille is featured in the Tour de France. In the very first edition, in 1903, Hippolyte Aucouturier did win a 374 kilometres stage from Lyon, while Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in 2013. This was also last the time the Tour de France was in Marseille.