The return will not be able to conclude its sixth stage in the Col du Tourmalet next Sunday due to state of health emergency decreed in France by the coronavirus and given the restrictions generally established by its national government. The day will start in Biescas, as planned, and It will end in Formigal.
These measures They have also affected the route planned for the Giro d’Italia through French territory on his stage on Saturday.
Unipublic, the organizing company of the Tour, in agreement with the prefectures of the Atlantic Pyrenees and the Hautes-Pyrenees, has decided modify the initial configuration of the stage and appreciate the collaboration and effective coordination of the different French organizations involved.
The sixth stage It will consist of 146.4 kms which include a climb to Alto de Petralba (3rd), Alto de Cotefablo (2nd) and a new pass through Biescas (intermediate sprint) before the final ascent to Aramón Formigal station. A total of 3,040 meters of accumulated ascent and 1,647 m of average elevation gain.
The climb to Aramón Formigal is one of the most iconic ascents of the Aragonese Pyrenees. More than its slopes, its difficulty lies in its length: reaching its summit from Biescas involves almost 27 kilometers of ascending terrain, without rest.
Like all arrivals at the top of La Vuelta 20, access will be restricted to the public. A measure that is part of the strict sanitary protocols that prevail this year in the race.