2019 Tour De France Route Highlights

 


 

The 2019 Tour de France looks to have something for everyone. It visits the Alps and the Pyrenees and has a good mix of flat stages and climbing stages. A few observations we made:

1. The preference for long transfer stages this year. They'll either be boring or amazing

2. A number of middle mountain stages

3. 30 cols to ride over

4. The preference for the high (>2000m) iconic climbs. The altitude affect will play a major part in who wins the tour.

5. A number of new steeper, less well known cols.

6. There's a new points system to encourage attacking at strategic mountain locations. 

By Chris Smith

Thursday 25th October 2018

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Stage Highlights

Stage 1 - Grand Deaprt

Starting and finishing in Brussels means wiind and tough roads should all have a part to play in who will wear the yellow jersey first.

Stage 2 - TTT

With such an early team time trial expect big gaps to appear in GC early on.

Stage 6 - Planche des Bells Filles

There is a return to the legendary climb of the Planche des Bells Filles in the Vosges mountains (with slopes of up to 15% , including a further 1km gravel climb to the summit. Today will be the first real test for the GC contenders.

Stage 12 - Bagneres-de-Bigoirre

The first day in the Pyrenees and the ridrs will have to climb the legendary Col de PeyresourdeThe stage finishes in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, a small ride from our favourite palce to stay in the Pyrenees

Stage 13 - ITT

A hilly individual time trail from Pau should make the GC race close. 

Stage 14 - The Tourmalet

A short stage taking in the Col du Soulor, the opposite way to they climbed it last year, and then finishing on the Tourmalet, again, the opposite way to last year. This stage should produce fireworks!

Stage 15 - Tricky mountains

Stage 15 is a particularly lumpy day on the transfer from the Pyreneees to the Alps. Expect some GC contenders to be caught out and the breakaway to stick!

Stage 18 - Valloire and the Galibier

Today may well be the queen stage of the Tour de France. The riders take on the Col de Vars, Col d'Izoard and the Col d'Galibier, before finishing in one of our favourite place's to stay in the Alps; Valloire.

Stage 19 - Tignes and the Col d'Iseran

Today the riders take on the highest paved road in the Alps, the Col de l'Iseran, before the climb to the ski resort of Tignes.

Stage 20 -  33km climb to the finish!

Stage 20 is a cracking stage to finish the TDF with. Climbing the Cormet de Roselandand finishing with a 33km climb to Val Thorens. 

Stage 21 -  The final into Paris!

Come and join us in Paris to see the end of the Tour on the Champs Elysees

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