It's Tour time 2019! ...yellow fever!
100 years of the yellow jersey 1919-2019. The 106th edition of the Tour de France will take place July 6 - July 28, 2019 covering a total distance of 3460 kms over 21 stages.
The 2019 Tour de France will celebrate the legendary career of Belgian Eddy Merckx 50 years after his first TdF victory when the Grand Depart is held in Brussels on July 6. The race also celebrates the 100th year of the iconic maillot jaune - which Merckx wore for a total of 96 days, more than any other rider in history.
The 2019 Tour de France route features 30 categorized climbs, five mountains finishes and 54 kilometres of time trials split between one team time trial and one individual time trial.
The race will begin with a road stage taking in many of cycling's historic challenges across Belgium in the Flemish and Walloon regions. Stage 2 will be a 28km team time trial in Brussels, starting at the Palais Royal and finishing by the Brussels Atomium. Merckx claimed his first yellow jersey after his Faema team won a similar test in his nearby home town of Saint-Pieters-Woluwe.
Leaving Belgium the race heads into France on stage 3 from Binche to Epernay, where the battle of the sprints will continue as the race continues southwards through the Vosges and the Massif Central.
High mountain encounters are next through the Pyrenees, with a finish at the top of the Tourmalet, an individual time trial around Pau and then a mountain stage over the steep Mur de Péguère before the finish above Foix at Prat d’Albis.
After the second rest day, the route heads into the Alps for three testing alpine stages that include the Col d'Izoard, the Col du Galibier, and the Col d'Iseran – the highest paved road in Europe.
The winner of the 2019 Tour de France will effectively be determined after one final climb to the finish line at Val Thorens on stage 20, before the race heads into Paris the next day for the grande finale along the Champs-Elysees.
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2019 Tour de France stage detail:
Stage 1 Saturday, July 6 2019 194.5km Brussels - Brussels
Stage 2 Sunday, July 7 2019 27.6km Brussels (TTT)
Stage 3 Monday, July 8 2019 215km Binche - Epernay
Stage 4 Tuesday, July 9 2019 213.5km Reims - Nancy
Stage 5 Wednesday, July 10 2019 175.5km Saint-Die-Des-Vosges - Colmar
Stage 6 Thursday, July 11 2019 160.5km Mulhouse - La Planche Des Belles Filles
Stage 7 Friday, July 12 2019 230km Belfort - Chalon-Sur-Saone
Stage 8 Saturday, July 13 2019 200km Macon - Saint-Etienne
Stage 9 Sunday, July 14 2019 170.5km Saint-Etienne - Brioude
Stage 10 Monday, July 15 2019 217.5km Saint-Flour - Albi
Rest Day 1 Tuesday, July 16 2019
Stage 11 Wednesday, July 17 2019 167km Albi - Toulouse
Stage 12 Thursday, July 18 2019 209.5km Toulouse - Bagneres-De-Bigorre
Stage 13 Friday, July 19 2019 27.2km Pau (ITT)
Stage 14 Saturday, July 20 2019 117.5km Tarbes - Tourmalet
Stage 15 Sunday, July 21 2019 185km Limoux - Foix
Rest Day 2 Monday, July 22 2019 Nimes
Stage 16 Tuesday, July 23 2019 177km Nimes - Nimes
Stage 17 Wednesday, July 24 2019 200km Pont Du Gard - Gap
Stage 18 Thursday, July 25 2019 208km Embrun - Valloire
Stage 19 Friday, July 26 2019 126.5km Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne - Tignes
Stage 20 Saturday, July 27 2019 130km Albertville - Val Thorens
Stage 21 Sunday, July 28 2019 128km Rambouillet - Paris Champs-Elysees