Tour de France Teams 2019
July 6-28, 2019 -- Auf der Route der 2019 Tour de France gibt es 30 gekennzeichnete Bergstrecken und fünf Gipfel zu bezwingen, die Organisatoren versprechen die "höchste Tour der Geschichte", die Fahrer werden zu
Ausreißern und Angriffen ermutigt. Die Gesamtstrecke beträgt 3.460km, wobei die "Große Abfahrt" in Brüssel am 6. Juli erfolgt, das Ziel wird Paris am 28. Juli.
This year's Tour de France will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the showcase race's iconic yellow jersey.
With France emerging from the carnage of World War I, the Tour offered its beacon of hope to the war-ravaged nation. In 1919, the race leader's yellow jersey — which has become cycling's most iconic symbol — was introduced.
Only four riders have won five Tours - Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain and Eddy Merckx. Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles for doping.
British rider Chris Froome will try to win his fifth title this year, but will have to depose his Team Sky teammate Geraint Thomas over the 3,460-kilometer race.
The race begins with a flat stage for sprinters around the city of Brussels and stays there the next day for the 27-kilometer team time trial.
After leaving Belgium, the Tour snakes through the Champagne and Lorraine regions. Stage 4 for sprinters starts in Reims — the Champagne-producing city where 25 French kings were crowned in its cathedral.
With the race leaving the Alsace region, Stage 7 is the longest at 230 kilometers (143 miles) and made for sprinters. The next day's stage is a hilly one, with several short but sharp climbs from Macon to Saint-Etienne.
The first rest day is July 16 in Albi in southern France, followed by a sprint stage before the Tour enters the high Pyrenees. Stage 14 on July 20 features finishes with a climb up the Tourmalet pass, one of the most famed in Tour history.
Riders tackle three days of Alpine climbing on stages 18-20, featuring an ascent up the famed Galibier and imposing Iseran — standing 2,770 meters— and culminating with a relentless 33.4-kilometer trek up to the ski resort of Val Thorens.
After the weary peloton is flown toward Paris, the race ends the next day with its processional showcase stage on the Champs-Elysees.