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Tour de France 2019 route announcement

25th October 2018

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels

The route of the Tour de France was announced today at the Palais de Congrès in Paris.

We already knew that the Grand Départ was to take place in Brussels, with Stage 1 a road race, followed by a team time trial on Stage 2. Stage 3 is from Binche (Belgium) to Epernay (France).

Tour de France 2019 route anouncement: highlights

La Planche des Belles Filles

La Planche des Belles Filles, by Thomas Bresson, Licence CC BY 2.0

The highlights of the 2019 race include the first summit finish of the race, on Stage 6, at la Planche des Belles Filles; an individual time trial in Pau on Stage 13; leaving from the Roman amphitheatre on Stage 16, and riding across the Pont du Gard; and summit finishes in Tignes and Val Thorens, on Stage 19 and 20 respectively.

Tour de France 2019 route announcement: video

Tour de France 2019 route anouncement: stages

These are the stages of the 2019 Tour.

Stage 1

A Brussels to Brussels road stage, with a loop down to Charleroi and back, taking in the climbs of the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg. The first yellow jersey should go to a sprinter, though.

Stage 2

A team time trial in Brussels from the Palais de Bruxelles to the Atomium. It isn't too technical, and should be won by the most powerful team.

Stage 3

Binche to Epernay (214km, hilly). Stage 3 takes the Tour de France into France, for a finish in the Champagne region.

Stage 4

Reims to Nancy (215km, flat).

Stage 5

Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar (169km, hilly). Among the climbs is the Côte des Trois Epis.

Stage 6

Mulhouse to la Planche-des-Belles-Filles (157km, mountain). There are climbs of the Grand Ballon, the Ballon d'Alsace, and the Col des Chevrères, before the final climb. La Planche-des-Belles-Filles is harder than in other years, because it is extended past the usual finish line, up a partly dirt road, with a section at 24%.

Stage 7

Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône (230km, flat).

Stage 8

Mâcon to Saint-Etienne (199km, hilly).

Stage 9

Saint-Etienne to Brioude (170km, hilly). Among the climbs is the Mur d'Aurec-sur-Loiret.

Stage 10

Saint-Flour to Albi (218km, hilly).

Stage 11

Albi to Toulouse (167km, flat).

Stage 12

Toulouse to Bagnères-de-Bigorre (202km, mountain). As quite often happens in the Pyrenees, this stage has its climbs (Col de Peyresourde, Hourquette d'Ancizan) loaded towards the end of the route.

Stage 13

Pau, individual time trial (27km).

Stage 14

Tarbes to the Col du Tourmalet (Barèges) (117km, mountain).

Stage 15

Limoux to Foix Prat d'Albis (185km, mountain). The Mur de Péguère features as one of the climbs.

Stage 16

Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard, public domain (Tiberio Frascari)

Nimes to Nimes (177km, flat). This stage sets off from the Roman amphitheatre in Nimes, and includes a ride across the Pont du Gard (a 3-tier Roman aqueduct).

Stage 17

Pont du Gard to Gap (206km, hilly).

Stage 18

Embrun to Valloire (207km, mountain). Stage 18 includes the Col de Vars, the Col d'Izoard, and the Col du Galibier.

Stage 19

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes (123km, mountain). The Col de l'Iseran is the highest metalled mountain pass in France (2,764m), and features on Stage 19.

Stage 20

Val Thorens

Val Thorens seen from Cascades pistes, by ValThorensGuide

Albertville to Val Thorens (131km, mountain). This stage climbs the Cormet de Roselend, then heads to Longefoy, before reaching Moûtiers. From Moûtiers, it tackles the long road uphill to the finish in Val Thorens. The Tour de France could be won and lost today.

This is also the route of the Etape du Tour.

Stage 21

Rambouillet to Paris (127km, flat). The traditional final stage into Paris, with a sprint on the Champs-Elysées.

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A stage by stage guide to the Tour de France 2019.

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