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

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Christopher FROOME, Egan BERNAL of Team Ineos, Julian ALAPHILIPPE of Deceunick Quickstep, Thibaut PINOT of Fdj and Romain BARDET of Ag2r during the Presentation of 107th Tour de France 2020 at Palais des Congres on October 15, 2019 in Paris, France.

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ByReuters
15/10/2019 at 12:32 | Updated 15/10/2019 at 14:24

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

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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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