The Tour de France stops in Charente Maritime for his maritime escape September 7, 8 and 9, 2020 ! We must go back more than 20 years in thehistory of the Tour de France for a stage start or finish on our Charente coast. After the Pyrenean stage between Pau and Laruns, the Tour de France returns to the Charente coast for 3 days.

Le Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the riders take the start of stage 10 on the Île d'Oléron. They cross la Destination Royan Atlantic in the early afternoon for a course of about fifty kilometers with an elevation gain of about 353 meters. The stage linking the Île d'Oléron to the Île de Ré is marked by a mostly coastal route conducive to the "breakaways" of the peloton.

Waypoints and best spots to see the Tour de France 2020

The peloton arrives at Tremblade via the Seudre bridge from 14 p.m. 50 km later, the runners take the exit of L'Eguille-sur-Seudre direction Le Gua, Rochefort, La Rochelle then Île de Ré.

To better see the riders of the Tour, several possible choices:

  • atmosphere and entertainment: you have to go to the outskirts of cities like Royan
  • for cycling enthusiasts: head for the D25 road crossing the Coubre forest with its long straight lines and in particular the highest point of the Gardour tower.

route of the tour de france 2020 on our territory

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Our Tour de France 2020 forecast

For the prognosis of stage 10, we asked our local specialist, Laurent, travel advisor at the tourist office. Passionate about cycling, he tells us more about the route, the course of the stage and the profile of the winner.

CConcerning the course itself, there is no major difficulty for these champions. The weather factor could be decisive if the wind picks up. Indeed, some parts exposed to the coast on the route can "break" the peloton and favor the famous edges. This is a risk that all teams will be watching closely, especially those aiming for the general classification with confirmed leaders.

Even if strategically this step does not seem decisive on paper, nothing should be overlooked. This stage comes after 9 days of racing, with the first week still nervous and the ninth stage being in the mountains (pass in the Pyrenees) with severe climbs. The day before stage 10 at home, the peloton will be at rest. It's certainly a restorative day, but also feared by the runners who sometimes have a "leg failure" the next day. Generally, they ride a little on rest days to "clean up" before recovering (massage, nap, snack, etc.) because the Tour de France is 3 weeks... 

The winner's bouquet on paper is rather intended for a sprinter with a massive arrival because the fight for the green jersey will be launched and the breakaway attempts padlocked. It will not be a mountain classification contender. We can think of a champion like Peter SAGAN, Caleb EWAN or Elia VIVIANI… for example.

Passionate cyclists can meet Laurent at the La Tremblade Ronce-les-Bains tourist office to talk about the route and the Tour de France.

Tour de France 2020 entertainment

On the occasion of the passage of the Grande Boucle on September 8, a village “Tour de France” moved to Place Charles de Gaulle in Royan. It brings together local product tasting chalets and a photo exhibition. The towns crossed are dressed in the colors of the Tour and offer several activities around the event.

The traditional Tour caravan (about 100 vehicles and 18 tanks) entered our territory by the Seudre bridge from noon.

Interview with Jacques Bossis

A maritime Charentais distinguished himself on the Grande Boucle at the end of the 70s. RTV, Royan TV went to meet Jacques Bossis, wearer of the yellow jersey.

Stage Summary

From a distance of 168.5 km, thestage 10 is the flattest of this Tour de France 2020. Many spectators came to the roadsides to support the runners, especially in the seaside resorts from Ronce-les-Bains to Royan and along the D25.

The 50 kilometers in Destination Royan Atlantic remain unsurprising. It is not until km 66 that the first curbs appear, influenced by the wind. Several falls occur along the route. The peloton finally arrives in several pieces on the Ile de Ré bridge. After an average of 47 km/h, the stage is won in the sprint by Irishman Sam Bennett, from the Deceuninck QuickStep team.

Laurent, our local expert, was not mistaken. Indeed, the victory was played neck and neck with the Australian Caleb Ewan and the Slovak Peter Sagan. They are respectively 2 and 3 on the podium of the day. Well seen !


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