Tour de France 2019: Race director Christian Prudhomme wants to ban power meters

The Frenchman said the technology ‘annihilates the glorious uncertainty of sport’

Christian Prudhomme, Tour de Yorkshire 2017 stage two
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme said he wants to ban power meters to ensure more ‘uncertainty’ in cycling.

The Frenchman reiterated his disdain for the technology while unveiling the 2019 Tour de France route in Paris on Thursday.

His comments about Tour organiser ASO’s desires to remove power meters from the sport were met with large applause from the crowds.

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Speaking in front of current and retired pros amongst others from the cycling world, Prudhomme said: “We assert our desire to see the end of power meters in races, that annihilate the glorious uncertainty of sport.

“So we’d like to get rid of those power meters.”

The controversy over power meters has rolled on in recent years, in part due to the Grand Tour dominance of Team Sky.

According to some, power meters negatively impact racing as pros measure their attacks and steadily chase down those racing on instinct.

Team management weighed in on the debate last year, with Quick-Step Floors boss Patrick Lefevere and Team Sky directeur sportif Nicolas Portal agreeing that the technology does not change the racing.

That has not stopped Prudhomme, who has directed the Tour since 2007, from calling for meters to be banned.

While announcing the Tour route, Prudhomme gave further details of the organiser’s intentions for the race.

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He said: “Our desire is not to make things harder but to vary things. The Tour is climbing very high – there will be less HC climbs.

“However, there will be more second category climbs. Medium mountains where the race will be harder to control will be well present.

“We’ll keep the bonus points with bonus seconds to be gained systematically in climbs – eight in total, so an invitation to attack and gain seconds.”

Prudhomme added that Tour organisers would consult with the UCI about the possibility of increasing the number of bonus seconds handed out at mountain summits.

The 2019 Tour will be raced over 3,460km starting in Brussels, Belgium, with five rolling hilly stages, one team time trial and one individual, seven mountain stages and five summit finishes.

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