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'It's the hardest route I've seen in the last few years' - Riders react to the 2020 route

'It's the hardest route I've seen in the last few years' - Riders react to the 2020 route
By Reuters

15/10/2019 at 14:32Updated 15/10/2019 at 16:24

The route for the 2020 Tour de France, which starts on June 27, was unveiled by organisers on Tuesday.

Organisers put a spring in the step of the climbers on Tuesday after unveiling the route for the 2020 race featuring a first mountain stage on the second day and only one time trial on the eve of the final parade on the Champs Elysees.

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Here are some of the reactions from some of the contenders.

Chris Froome:

" It's the hardest route I've seen in the last few years."

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Julian Alaphilippe:

“It’s a beautiful route. I have ambitions but they’re not yet clearly defined.”

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Egan Bernal:

"What will make the 2020 Tour so unique is the steepness of the climbs."

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Thibaut Pinot:

" It's a wonderful course, I'm already looking forward to it. We're going to pass my village, that will be special."

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Romain Bardet:

"Puy Mary I know very well, It's a great homage to the Tour. We will use this to build our programme for the season."

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