Tour de France 2020: Six things to watch for the first week

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A demanding week for sprinters

Sam Bennett after huge effort on the Hatta Dam (Photo by Justin Setterfield / Getty Images)

Even by the standards of modern editions of the Tour de France, which have long gone from the massive sprint openings of the 1990s and early 2000s, it’s not a first week that’s kind to sprinters.

Each stage that could end with a group finish is immediately followed by a stage that certainly won’t, so that by the time the race reaches the Pyrenees this weekend, they will only have had a maximum four chances to win stage victories. .

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And even those four stages are fraught with difficulties that could derail their plans, whether it is climbs difficult enough to drop before the finish (first stage), hilly terrain that will facilitate early breakaways ( third stage), climbs near the finish and dragging climbs. to the line to encourage hard-hitting late attacks (stage five), or even crosswinds that tear the peloton apart (stage seven).

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