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The Tour de France is regarded as the biggest cycling event on the planet. The Tour de France 2019 is the 106th edition of this famous race, and it takes place from 6-28 July. The race will start (known as the Grand Départ) in Brussels to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five-time winner Eddy Merckx’s first victory. 2019 is the 11th time that Brussels takes part in the Tour de France, and it is the second time that the Grand Départ is set in the Belgian capital. The entire race will celebrate the centenary of the maillot jaune or yellow jersey. If you are interested in everything to do with this famous race, read on for the Tour de France route and more.

 

The origins of the Tour de France

 

The Tour de France started in 1903, to increase the sales of the newspaper L’Auto. It is a men’s only race and it is held annually, usually during the month of July. The Tour de France is also a UCI World Tour event, which means that the majority of the teams competing in the race are UCI World Teams, except for the teams that the organizers personally invite. There are usually between 20 and 22 teams taking part, with eight riders in each team. The 2018 Tour de France was won by Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), who claimed his first victory in the race.

 

 

Tour de France: wearing the famous yellow jersey

Every stage of the race is timed to the finish and the riders’ times are added to their previous stage time. The leader is determined after each stage and he gains the privilege of wearing the yellow jersey to the finishing town of the next stage. Riders try to keep the yellow jersey for as long as possible during the race to gain extra publicity for their team and its sponsors. The rider to wear the yellow jersey the most is Eddy Merckx, who has worn the yellow jersey for 96 stages – which is more than any other rider in the history of Tour de France.

 

Team Dimension Data and the Tour de France

This year will be the fourth time that Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is taking part in the Tour de France. Last year they were ranked 21st out of the 22 teams taking part.  The Tour de France teams are:

  • Ag2r La Mondiale
  • Team Sunweb
  • Bahrain – Merida
  • Mitchelton – Scott
  • Movistar Team
  • CCC Team
  • UAE Team Emirates
  • Deceuninck – Quick-Step
  • BORA – Hansgrohe
  • Astana Pro Team
  • Team Dimension Data
  • Team Katusha – Alpecin
  • Groupama – FDJ
  • Team Jumbo – Visma
  • Lotto – Soudal
  • Trek – Segafredo
  • Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
  • Wanty – Groupe Gobert
  • EF Education First
  • Team Arkea-Samsic
  • Team Ineos (Previously Team Sky)
  • Total Direct Energie

The Tour de France route

While the route of the Tour de France changes every year, the format stays the same and includes racing through the Pyrenees and the Alps, with the finish being held on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The 2019 Tour de France appears to be one for the climbers in the teams, with five mountain top finishes over the total distance of 3,460km. The complete route is outlined below:

 

Stage Date Course Distance Type
1 6 July Brussels (Belgium) to Brussels (Belgium) via Charleroi (Belgium) 192 km (119 mi) Flat stage
2 7 July Brussels – Royal Palace (Belgium) to Brussels – Atomium (Belgium) 27 km (17 mi) Team time trial
3 8 July Binche (Belgium) to Epernay 214 km (133 mi) Flat stage
4 9 July Reims to Nancy 215 km (134 mi) Flat stage
5 10 July Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar 169 km (105 mi) Medium mountain stage
6 11 July Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles 157 km (98 mi) Medium mountain stage
7 12 July Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône 230 km (143 mi) Flat stage
8 13 July Mâcon to Saint-Étienne 199 km (124 mi) Hilly stage
9 14 July Saint-Étienne to Brioude 170 km (106 mi) Medium mountain stage
10 15 July Saint-Flour to Albi 218 km (135 mi) Hilly stage
16 July Albi Rest day
11 17 July Albi to Toulouse 167 km (104 mi) Flat stage
12 18 July Toulouse to Bagnères-de-Bigorre 202 km (126 mi) High mountain stage
13 19 July Pau to Pau 27 km (17 mi) Individual time trial
14 20 July Tarbes to Col du Tourmalet 117 km (73 mi) High mountain stage
15 21 July Limoux to Foix 185 km (115 mi) Medium mountain stage
22 July Nîmes Rest day
16 23 July Nîmes to Nîmes 177 km (110 mi) Flat
17 24 July Pont du Gard to Gap 206 km (128 mi) Medium mountain stage
18 25 July Embrun to Valloire 207 km (129 mi) High mountain stage
19 26 July Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes 123 km (76 mi) High mountain stage
20 27 July Albertville to Val Thorens 131 km (81 mi) High mountain stage
21 28 July Rambouillet to Paris (Champs-Élysées) 127 km (79 mi) Flat

 

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