The 2019 Tour de France route will cover 3,460km over 21 stages. The riders will top 30 Cat 2 or higher climbs with no less than 5 summit finishes. The 2019 Tour will also mark 100 years of the Yellow Jersey and 50 years since Eddy Merckx first won it. In honor of ‘The Cannibal’, the race will start in his home city of Brussels, Belgium.
Pre-race favourites, Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin have both withdrawn due to injury and illness whilst the defending champion Geraint Thomas has had a bumpy preparation period. As a result, this year’s race for the coveted Yellow Jersey is relatively wide open. Rider’s to watch will be Mikel Landa, Nairo Quintana, Thibaut Pinot, Adam Yates, Jakob Fuglsang, Egan Bernal, Rigoberto Uran, Dan Martin, Romain Bardet, Steven Kruijswijk, Richie Porte and Vincenzo Nibali.
STAGE 1: Saturday 6th July, Brussels – Charleroi – Brussels, 194km
It will be a nerve-wracking day one as the peloton scrambles over the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg climbs which have been known to wreak havoc in any bike race. The climbs are early-on in the day and the bunch should come back together for a sprint finish in Belgium’s capital, Brussels.
STAGE 2: Sunday 7th July, Brussels Palais Royal – Brussels Atomium, 27km (TTT)
A Team Time Trial this early in the race is likely to shake up the GC and determine the rhythm and tone for the next few days. GC contenders will need to minimize their losses over this 27,6km race against the clock.
STAGE 3: Monday 8th July, Binche – Epernay, 215km
Into the Ardennes for a 215km stage which we predict will deliver some of the most exciting racing of week one. A series of four climbs within the last hour or so of racing will set a Spring Classics-like flair to today’s stage. Don’t miss this one.
STAGE 4: Tuesday 9th July, Reims – Nancy, 213km
At 102km into today’s
STAGE 5: Wednesday 10th July, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar, 175km
A hilly day which takes in two 2nd category climbs suiting some of the strong breakaway riders since the GC riders will likely be sitting-in and resting for what is to come tomorrow.
STAGE 6: Thursday 11th July, Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles, 160km
STAGE 7: Friday 12th July, Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saône, 230km
The longest stage of this year’s race takes the peloton in a South-West direction. After some categorized climbs early on in the stage, the final two hours of racing is on mostly flat terrain. If a breakaway is to succeed today they will need to work together, all the way to the line as the sprint teams will be tough to hold off.
STAGE 8: Saturday 13th July, Mâcon – Saint-Etienne, 200km
3800m of climbing over 200km is a
STAGE 9: Sunday 14th July, Saint-Etienne – Brioude, 170km
Bastille Day will see the rider’s take on another hilly stage with perhaps a final selection being made on the 3,7km long Cote de Saint climb which tops out just 13km from the finish. Vive la France!
STAGE 10: Monday 15th July, Saint-Flour – Albi, 218km
The day before the rest day could prove an interesting one for the sprint teams as it’s not entirely flat today and a bunch sprint is not a given. Those many bumps on the stage profile might just remove the sting from the
REST DAY: Tuesday 16th July
STAGE 11: Wednesday 17th July, Albi – Toulouse, 167km
The riders are greeted with a flat stage after the rest day as they make their way down towards the Pyrenees. The sprint teams will set out to control the day and whilst a lucky escape is unli
STAGE 12: Thursday 18th July, Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre, 209km
There has been a lot of climbing in the Tour but today is officially the second day of the mountains. O
STAGE 13: Friday 19th July, Pau – Pau, ITT, 27km
The race of truth! Pau hosts the only individual time trial of this year’s Tour and with more than a week of racing to
STAGE 14: Saturday 20th July, Tarbes – Tourmalet (Barèges), 117km
Finishing on top of the Col du Tourmalet, a 19km long climb with an average gradient of 7.4 percent (think 10 Suikerbossies, well a little steeper to be honest) today the big men of the GC will show their
STAGE 15: Sunday 21st July, Limoux – Foix Prat d’Albis, 185km
4 700m of climbing over three Category 1 climbs with a mountain top finish on Foix Prat d’Albis will be more than a test for the riders. Today’s stage will no doubt see ‘all-in’ efforts from the protagonists, especially knowing they have a rest day which follows.
REST DAY: Monday 22nd July
STAGE 16: Tuesday 23rd July, Nîmes – Nîmes, 177km
A flat stage for the bunch sprint or breakaway group takes riders through a loop of Nimes. With 3 massive mountain stages still to come before Paris, any GC moves are unlikely to be seen today.
STAGE 17: Wednesday 24th July, Pont du Gard – Gap, 200km
A transitional stage moving the riders towards the Alps has the menacing Col de la Sentinelle for the riders to
STAGE 18: Thursday 25th July, Embrun – Valloire, 207km
This first big alpine stage will take riders up and above the 2000m mark on 3 occasions today as they move from Embrun to the finish in Valloire. The formidable Vars, Izoard, and Galibier mountains are the brutes of a day which will certainly enable the climbing purists to shine.
STAGE 19: Friday 26th July, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes, 126km
The second last mountain stage of the Tour is short and brutal. Riders will peak at 2,770 met
STAGE 20: Saturday 27th July,
Alvertville – Val Thorens, 130km
The final mountain stage today will be a virtual non-stop uphill slog as rider’s climb from the get-go all the way to the finish line. 130km with over 4 450m of ascending over the 19.9km long Cormet de Roseland and the 33.4km / 5.5 percent gradient is a vicious day out. There is no doubt that today the top riders will scramble to consolidate or improve their GC positions. It will be electric.
STAGE 21: Sunday 28th July, Rambouillet – Paris Champs Elysées, 127km
Before the traditional high-speed laps of the iconic