Tour de France

Dates: July 6-28, 2019
Stages: 21
Grand Départ:
Brussels, Belgium
Paris, France
TV coverage (UK):
Eurosport, ITV4

Geraint Thomas on the podium of the 2018 Tour de France (Sunada)

The 2019 Tour de France looks set to be one for the pure climbers, with five mountain top finishes over the total distance of 3,460km.

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The race runs from Saturday July 6 to Sunday July 28 and will feature it’s usual 21 stages with two rest days after stages 10 and 15.

The Tour de France 2019 kicks off in Belgium, a return to foreign starts for the race after a home start in Vendée in 2018.

The opening two stages both start and finish in the city of Brussels, with the opening stage a likely bunch finish that should see a sprinter claim the first yellow jersey of the race.

The second stage is a 28km team time trial in the city, which will be the first stage that could see splits between the GC contenders.

The Tour starts in Belgium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five-time winner Eddy Merckx’s first victory, while the entire race will celebrate the centenary of the maillot jaune, or yellow jersey.

From Brussels the race then heads southward into France with some sprint stages and into the Vosges Mountains. Here the riders will face their first test to the mountain-top finish of La Planche des Belles Filles.

Tough medium mountain stages await them on their way through the Massif Central, before they hit the Pyrenees for three high mountain stages and an individual time trial. On stage 14, the Tour de France will finish on the summit of the Col du Tourmalet, the most used climb in the history of the race.

Following the Pyrenees, the Tour will head along the south coast to Nîmes, where transition stages will take the riders into the Alps via Gap. Some huge stages feature here, with riders traversing the Alps’ highest paved road on the Col d l’Iseran as well as more Tour favourites including the Col d’Izoard and the Col du Galibier.

The final competitive stage for the yellow jersey will finish to the ski resort of Val Thorens, a rarely used climb that will provide a grand stage for the final showdown.

The race will then take to its traditional finish in Paris along the Champs-Élysées.

Tour de France 2019 classifications

The standard classifications and jerseys will once again feature: yellow jersey for the overall classification, polka-dots for the mountains classification, green for the points classification and white for the best young rider classification.

A combativity prize will be awarded to the most aggressive rider each day, while a super-combativity prize will be awarded to a rider at the end of the Tour.

Tour de France podium tour de france 2019

The four jersey winners of the 2018 Tour de France (Sunada)

Bonus seconds will once again be distributed on the finish line with 10, six and three seconds available to each of the first three across the line on each stage.

The organisers have also chosen to introduce bonus seconds on climbs along the course, with seconds awarded to the first riders across the top of the following climbs first:

Stage three: Côte de Mutigny
Stage six: Col des Chevrères
Stage eight: Côte de la Jaillière
Stage nine: Côte de Saint-Just
Stage 12: Hourquette d’Ancizan
Stage 15: Mur de Péguère
Stage 18: Col du Galibier
Stage 19: Col de l’Iseran

Tour de France 2019 teams and riders

As with 2018, 22 teams will take to the start of the Tour de France, with the field made up of the 18 WorldTour teams plus four wildcard picks from the organisers, ASO. Each team will have eight riders, totalling 176 riders on the start line.

Last year’s edition of the Tour was won by Great Britain’s Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) ahead of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin and Thomas’ team-mate and four-time winner, Chris Froome.

The Tour de France peloton

The Tour de France peloton (Sunada)

None of the podium finishers have confirmed their attendance for 2019 so far, but Thomas could return to defend his title in a joint leadership role with Froome.

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will almost certainly return to try and add to his stage tally of 11 and add a seventh green jersey to his palmarès.

Last year’s king of the mountains and double stage winner Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) could also reappear at his home race, as well as fellow Frenchman Romain Bardet and last year’s best young rider, Pierre Latour (both Ag2r La Mondiale).

Former podium finisher Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) could return to the Tour after opting to race the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España in 2018.

Tour de Franc sprint

Dylan Groenewegen wins a bunch sprint at the 2018 Tour de France (Sunada)

The sprinter field will once again be stacked with the world’s best fast-men, with 30-time stage winner Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) aiming to return from illness to full form at the race. He’ll likely face opposition from Sagan, Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Arnaud Démare  (Groupama-FDJ), among others.

Tour de France 2019 stages

Stage Date Start/Finish Distance
1 Saturday, July 6 Brussels – Brussels 192km
2 Sunday, July 7 Brussels Palais Royal – Brussels Atomium 28km (TTT)
3 Monday, July 8 Binche – Épernay 214km
4 Tuesday, July 9 Reims – Nancy 215km
5 Wednesday, July 10 Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar 169km
6 Thursday, July 11 Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles 157km
7 Friday, July 12 Belfort –Chalon-sur-Saône 230km
8 Saturday, July 13 Mâcon – Saint-Étienne 199km
9 Sunday, July 14 Saint-Étienne – Brioude 170km
10 Monday, July 15 Saint-Flour – Albi 218km
Rest day Tuesday, July 16 Albi
11 Wednesday, July 17 Albi – Toulouse 167km
12 Thursday, July 18 Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre 202km
13 Friday, July 19 Pau – Pau 27km (ITT)
14 Saturday, July 20 Tarbes – Tourmalet (117km)
15 Sunday, July 21 Limoux – Foix 185km
Rest Day Monday, July 22 Nîmes
16 Tuesday, July 23 Nîmes – Nîmes 177km
17 Wednesday, July 24 Pont du Gard – Gap 206km
18 Thursday, July 25 Embrun – Valloire 207km
19 Friday, July 26 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes 123km
20 Saturday, July 27 Albertville – Val Thorens 131km
21 Sunday, July 28 Rambouillet – Paris (Champs-Élysées) 127km

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