The route of the 2019 Etape du Tour will take the riders over the same course as stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France, from Albertville to Val Thorens in the Alps

The 2019 Etape du Tour will take riders along the same route as stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France in the Alps. The 29th edition of L’Etape takes place on Sunday, July 21.

Albertville hosts the start of L’Etape, kicking off a 131-kilometre challenge through the mountains to Val Thorens which is expected to attract 15,000 riders.

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The climbing starts after just 16 kilometres with the Cormet de Roselend, standing at 1968 metres above sea level, before descending and hitting the Côte de Longefoy.

There’s a short respite after the descent before launching into the Montée de Val Thorens, where the race finishes.

The three climbs total a huge 4563metres of elevation gain over the course.

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Registration for the 2019 Etape du Tour commences from October 29, with event-only entry costing €115  until November 5, and €135 thereafter.

Other packages are available that include accommodation in addition to entry.

The 2018 route took riders over the same route as stage 10 of the Tour, from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand in the Alps.

Annecy hosted the start of L’Etape this year, kicking off the 169km challenge.

The climbing started after 40 kilometres with the Col de la Croix-Fry standing at 1477 metres above sea level, before descending and then almost immediately tackling the gruelling ascent to Plateau des Glières.

This seven kilometre climb grinds out at an average gradient of 11 per cent, and includes a 1.5km section of gravel track towards the top.

There was a short respite between the two pairs of climbs, before launching into the Col de Romme.

After the descent of Col de Romme, it was on to the Col de la Colombière and the highest point of the 2018 Etape at 1618 metres.

Thankfully, there was a downhill section to the finish line in Le Grand-Bornand, where your legs and lungs could recover from the 4,000-plus metres of climbing.