Point of departure: Grenoble
Point of arrival: Méribel Col de la Loze
Distance: 170 km
Departure time: 11:30
Arrival time: 16:21
When the route for the 2020 Tour de France was announced it was Stage 17’s summit finish on Col de la Loze that jumped out.
A brand new paved road means this will be the first time the Tour has ever reached the summit of the climb, and that new 6km section of road features some brutal gradients, some exceeding an eye-watering 20%. The entire climb is 21.5km long so expect some serious action on this one.
It’s not just the Col de la Loze that makes Stage 17 special. The Col de la Madeleine comes earlier in the stage to really soften the legs, with the 17.1km climb averaging out at 8.4km. This could be a defining day for the Tour.
Stage 17 Profile
The weather could be one of the X factors in this stage. The forecast is for it to be fine in Grenoble, with clear skies, light winds and temperatures approaching 30 °. But the arrival in Méribel could be done in the rain with a very real risk of heavy downpours.
Where can I watch it?
The Tour de France will be available to watch live and in full on Eurosport 1 and online as a live stream on the Eurosport Player streaming platform.
The coverage will feature Bradley Wiggins as an expert analyst throughout the Tour de France, and a new addition to Eurosport’s cycling coverage will be interviews and analysis from Bernie Eisel.
The Breakaway, a post-stage review show, will be available to watch online after each Tour de France stage on the Eurosport Player streaming platform and the GCN App.
The Bradley Wiggins Show podcast will continue throughout the Tour, with 10 full episodes released across the three weeks.
Next: Everything you need to know about Stage 18