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France / Tour de France 2020

Grand Départ in Nice & Mont Ventoux

Join our peloton as we head for Nice for THE date on every cyclist’s calendar: the start of the Tour de France. Yellow is the colour as we tackle 2 classic stages and get up close and personal with the pros. The week kicks off with the epic Mont Ventoux climb, and continues through lavender fields in full bloom and up the dizzying ascents of the Verdon river, with its turquoise waters – a pastoral backdrop to a week of high-adrenaline thrills: allons-y!
  • Day by Day

    Monday 22.06.20


    Join group in Marseille and transfer to Avignon for first night
    After dinner, a leisurely promenade through the City of Popes and its cobbled streets, a veritable open-air museum.

     

     

    Tuesday 23.06.20
    Mont Ventoux (70 km, 1,800 m elevation gain)
    Morning transfer to Carpentras (30 mins by van) and start ride towards “Windy Mountain”: an initially gentle rise, but before us stands the awe-inspiring giant.
    At Bédoin we refuel with water and energy and prepare for the climb proper: 10 km through woodland with elevation numbers often up into two figures. Then, once out in the rocky landscape, the last 6 km look deceptively easy: but with the sun and wind, fatigue soon sets in – a challenge, this, to be remembered!
    Barely a kilometre left after the Tommy Simpson memorial: the summit comes within sight, and with it that rewarding feeling that you too are a hero. Back to our hotel in Avignon, by van.

     

    Wednesday 24.06.20


    Avignon – Manosque (100 km, 1,000 m elevation)


    After the adrenaline of Ventoux, a stage of softer landscapes awaits: we ride through a quintessentially Provençal canvas by Van Gogh, with fields of lavender now in full bloom.
    Gentle ups and downs, the scent of ripe grains, and a sountrack of gregarious cicadas droning as we cycle – all add to the picture.
    Manosque is our night stop.

     

    Thursday 25.06.20 


    Manosque – Castellane (100 km, 1,380 m. elevation)


    From the hamlet of Manosque we ride along the Verdon river, its bright shades of turquoise almost unearthly. The waterway cuts a canyon known as the Gorges du Verdon, one of the most famous natural wonders of France. The day’s climbs and drops will be high in our thoughts as we sprint to our finish in the picture-postcard town of Castellane – along with the thought of that ice-cold beer in the central place!

     

    Friday 26.06.20

    
Castellane – Nice (100 km, 1,500 m. elevation)

    
We leave behind the natural stage set of Castellane and its hills, and cross the Var region.
    Another mouth-watering climb awaits: the 962 m of the Col de Vence. The summit rewards with a view from the Côte d’Azur as far as the Italian coast.
    The remaining kilometres offer the speedy and pleasant descent to Nice. To wrap the day: a walk along the Promenade des Anglais, in this most elegant of towns, or a dip in the sea? (Or perhaps both?)

     

    Saturday 27.06.20


    Tour de France: Grand Départ (70 km, 1,000 m. elevation)


    We’ll be right there to witness the start of the Grande Boucle, the world’s top stage race that draws a billion viewers a day.
    The spectacle of the pros at work will be pretty exceptional, as they scale Aspremont, in the Alpes Maritimes, three times over: we’ll see them shoot by at full throttle, fighting tooth and nail for that first Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey) of the Tour de France 2020. Bets, anyone?…
    Overnight in Nice.

     

    Sunday 28.06.20


    Tour de France: second stage (80 km, 1,000 m. elevation)


    The competitors face a mouth-watering stretch between Col de la Colmiane (16.3 km at 6.2%) and Col de Turini (14.9 km at 7.3%), at a distance of 127 and 92 kilometres respectively from the finish.
    The finale involves a double loop over Col d’Èze and Col des Quatre Chemins, before that downhill dive to the finishing line in Nice. We’ll be there to experience it live, as the climbers make a bolt for it. Whose Maillot Jaune today?

     

    Monday 29.06.20


    Nice

    
Breakfast and end of services.

     

  • By your side

    Leading you on this epic tour, and sharing all his top tips and tricks to tackle the route like a pro:

     

    Andrea Ferrigato is affectionately known by his former teammates and friends as “Ferri” for his legs of “Steel” recording an estimated 650,000 miles in his career on a bike.

     

    Ferri has had a professional career spanning 15 years, 8 Giro d’Italia and 4 Tour de France. He was a Stage winner of the Giro D’Italia (1994), 2 World Cup races in 1996, when he was second in the final classification, and other 17 important classics race.

     

Tour details

 

price on request

Tour type:

I Bellissimi

 

Departures:

from 22.06 to 29.06.2020

Tour goes ahead with a minimum of 15 people.

 

Price per person:

Please contact us for a tailored quote

 

Included:

  • 7 nights in 3/4* hotels
  • 6 dinners (classic local food – drinks excluded)
  • bike transfer from Italy
  • support van with mechanical assistance
  • Andrea Ferrigato as Tour Leader and support technician
  • daily provision of fruit and water along the way
  • event jersey
  • luggage transportation

 

Not included:

  • return journey to join tour
  • drinks at dinner
  • bike hire
  • transfers not specified in the programme

 

Supplements:

200 € high-end Merida road bike

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