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Ride Like a Pro at the Étape du Tour 2020!




Every year, around 15,000 lucky riders get the opportunity of a lifetime - the chance to ride like a pro - as they take on the exact same course as the riders of the Tour de France, just a few days before the professional peloton, and on 100% CLOSED ROADS.


Sports Tours International are an official travel partner for the 2020 Tour de France and the 2020 Étape du Tour which, it was recently announced, will this year, for it's 30th edition, also taking place in the beautiful French city of Nice. As such, we are pleased to be able to offer an array of travel packages, with lots of optional extras, designed to ensure you get the most out of your Etape du Tour experience.


Our aim, at any event, is to make logistics as easy as possible for you, so all that you need to think about is the cycling. The Étape du Tour is the closest experience to that of the professional peloton that most amateur cyclists will experience (indeed the pedigree of l' Étape is so high that previous winners, such as the first winner Christophe Rinero, have gone on to have successful careers as pro riders, and several retired cycling legends, such as Raymond Poulidor, Miguel Indurain and Greg LeMond have also graced the race with their presence.) Riding l'Étape is a unique, nad outstanding event, for all those who are lucky enough to ride it, and, with our rich experience and vast expertise, we hope to make your Étape du Tour adventure a truly unforgettable experience.


Étape duTour 2020


The 2020 edition of the Étape will be held on Sunday 5th July 2020 and will be taking place in the superb Côte d'Azur city of Nice. Following a very similar route to Stage 2 of Le Tour, the course takes a spectacular route around the Alpes-Maritimes department, tackling the Col de Colmiane, a 16.3 km long climb, at an average of 6.2 % and the Turini Pass (14.9 km long, average gradient 7.3%). The final big test on the route is the famous Col d’Èze. The 7.8 kilometre ascent with an average slope of 6%, could be the site of a major battle for the stage win in this years Tour. Finally, the route will descend back into Nice with a highly picturesque finish overlooking the Mediterranean.


Below - Comparison of TDF 2020 Stage 2 and 2020 Étape du Tour Route


What's so special about the Etape du Tour?

  1. The event takes place on 100% closed roads

  2. Event support is the best, with mechanical support by Mavic, fully secured roads and professional feed stops.

  3. You will ride a stage of the Tour de France on exactly the same route as the Pros, while TDF mania is still fresh in the air.


Why book the 2020 Étape du Tour With US!




Sports Tours International can take all the stress out of logistics for your Étape du Tour experience. Having the support of our friendly and approachable reps and expert mechanics, not to mention our exclusive on course aid station could be the right choice for you, and make your Étape du Tour 2020 extra special


Some of the available perks to booking your Étape du Tour with us in 2020 include:


  • We offer a selection of hotel and support packages to suit all budgets

  • The option to buy a guaranteed entry to the 2020 Etape du Tour at just £99

  • Bike rental available - More info

  • Door to Door Overland bike transport service from England & Wales from £180 per bike (early booking price before 31 Dec)

  • A choice of quality hotels in Nice

  • Guided warm up ride on Saturday

  • An Etape du Tour race briefing

  • Breakfast times are in line with the event timings (early breakfast provided where required)

  • Dedicated additional feed stations for Sports Tours International customers

  • Airport transfers for you and your bike from the airport

  • Secure bike storage at your hotel or residence

  • Assistance of Sports Tours reps and mechanics including a professional race briefing

  • Etape du Tour training plan every month from January 2020

  • Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Castelli - More information

  • Payments are financially protected by ABTA

  • Specialist Sports Travel Insurance - do not travel without insurance and don't forget to insure your bike. Please visit our insurance page

  • Online medical certification service - More information here

  • Sports Travel Essentials. Please click here to view our page


And Don't Just Take Our Word For It...


"Etape du Tour 2018"

Your team in Annecy were exceptional. Thanks for your email. I’ll definitely be recommending Sports Tours International to friends.

PAUL - JULY 9, 2018


"2018 Etape du Tour"

I wanted to take a moment to write to thank you and your colleagues for your help in getting me and my bike to the Etape start line in such great shape! I was very impressed by the clear and timely information I received throughout the weekend, including the careful travel arrangements and attention to detail. Please pass on my thanks to the operations team who made it such a relaxed weekend ......apart from the race itself, which as full-on and committing as I’d hoped! I was very happy to “fly the flag” wearing my Sports Tours Intl top (see photo attached).

PETER - JULY 12, 2018


"Etape du Tour 2017"

Dear STI Team, I recently travelled with you to complete my first Etape which was a very memorable experience and an event I now hope to do again. I'd like to thank all the team at STI who made the trip so effortless and enjoyable. The briefing on Saturday morning helped address last minute questions and I was grateful for your mechanics to resolve a minor but annoying issue with my bike. The accommodation and breakfasts at the Grand Aigle were superb - it wasn't hard to see why Team Sky were staying there a couple of days later!

This was my second STI trip following Paris-Roubaix in April and I have appreciated the ability to "turn-up and ride" with all the details taken care of by STI. Thank you again for making my inaugural Etape such a memorable event.

STUART - JULY 25, 2017


"Etape du Tour 2018"

Thanks to you and your team, Howard in particular, for your help this weekend.

It made the whole experience a lot smoother for us and although we didn’t quite manage to crack the top 100 we’ll be back next year for another go!

We’re back out with Sports Tours for the Haute Route Alpes if you’re attending.

ROD - JULY 10, 2018


"Etape du Tour 2017" Great weekend . I will definitely book up again with your company. You guide -Phil Bird is an asset to your organisation.

CRAIG - JULY 24, 2017




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