Tour de France 2019 Preview – Your stage-by-stage guide to the world’s biggest cycling race

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Pre-race favourites, Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin have both withdrawn due to injury and illness whilst the defending champion Geraint Thomas has had a bumpy preparation period.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.

2019 Tour de France route map.

STAGE 1: Saturday 6th July, Brussels – Charleroi – Brussels, 194km

2019 Tour de France Stage 1

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)

Tour de France stage 2 route map, 2019.

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

Tour de france route map stage 3

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

Tour de france route map stage 4

At 102km into today’s stage the peloton crosses the border into France on what is mostly a flat stage. A few punchy climbs towards the end of the stage could provide the perfect springboard for a small group to steal a march on the peloton.

STAGE 5: Wednesday 10th July, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar, 175km

tour de france route map stage 5

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

Tour de France route map stage 6

Into the mountains, they go with no less than six major climbs today. The GC contenders must come out to play and that final climb up to La Planche Des Belles Filles with it’s extra kick of 1km and a gravel road finish will be one for the books.

STAGE 7: Friday 12th July, Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saône, 230km

Tour de France route map stage 7

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

Tour de France route map stage 8

3800m of climbing over 200km is a hilly day for the peloton who face the Croix de Montmain, the Croix de Tel, the Croix Paquet, the Croix de Part and the Cote d’Aveize before dropping into Saint-Etienne. With the finish line time bonus on offer, we expect to see a mad dash down to the finish from the GC riders.

STAGE 9: Sunday 14th July, Saint-Etienne – Brioude, 170km

Tour de France route map stage 9

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

Tour de France route map stage 10

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 sprinters‘ legs and open today up for a small group to move off the front and contest the stage honours.

REST DAY: Tuesday 16th July

STAGE 11: Wednesday 17th July, Albi – Toulouse, 167km

Tour de France route map stage 11

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 unlikly, it’s not impossible.

STAGE 12: Thursday 18th July, Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre, 209km

Tour de France route map stage 12

There has been a lot of climbing in the Tour but today is officially the second day of the mountains. Only the purist climbers and the top GC riders of the peloton will make it over the Cat 1, La Hourquette d’Ancizan in the front. The race for yellow will be well and truly on by today.

STAGE 13: Friday 19th July, Pau – Pau, ITT, 27km

Tour de France route map stage 13

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 go it will likely shake the leaderboard out a little, but will certainly not have the final say on the GC.

STAGE 14: Saturday 20th July, Tarbes – Tourmalet (Barèges), 117km

Tour de France route map stage 14

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 form, or lack of it. It is not a long stage so the action will likely set in right from the start as the domestiques and super domestiques guide their leaders to the foot of the final climb before swinging off.

STAGE 15: Sunday 21st July, Limoux – Foix Prat d’Albis, 185km

Tour de France route map stage 15

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

Tour de France route map stage 16

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

Tour de France route map stage 17

A transitional stage moving the riders towards the Alps has the menacing Col de la Sentinelle for the riders to summit around 14km before the finish. On paper, it’s a day for the breakaway specialists to gain TV exposure for their sponsors but history shows that the seemingly innocuous stages can shuffle the GC leaderboard.

STAGE 18: Thursday 25th July, Embrun – Valloire, 207km

Tour de France route map stage 18

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

Tour de France route map stage 19

The second last mountain stage of the Tour is short and brutal. Riders will peak at 2,770 metes on the highest road in Europe, the Col d’Iseran, a HC category climb which is preceded by a Cat 2 and two Cat 3 climbs. 30km of descending will move the peloton to the final sting of the day, a 7,4km and average gradient of 7 percent ascent to the finish line at the ski resort of Tignes.

STAGE 20: Saturday 27th July, Alvertville – Val Thorens, 130km

Tour de France route map stage 20

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

Tour de France route map stage 21

Before the traditional high-speed laps of the iconic Champs-Elysées there will be 73km of pure pomp and celebration. Champagne toasts and the occasional cigar will prevail as the peloton brings the 106th edition of the world’s greatest cycling race to a close in Paris.

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