In less than 2 weeks the official route will be unveiled in Paris for the Tour de France 2019 – but the rumours and details are starting to become more confirmed and certain dates look “certain” to appear.
The local and regional press such as the Dauphine are starting to provide far more details – although much remains speculation and the mayors are always careful with their quotes not to give the game away!
Below is the latest recap we have pulled together of the expected route and stages for the 2019 Tour de France.
Sat 6th July – The opening stage of the Tour de France 2019 – is from Brussels to Charleroi and back.
This will be a stage of 192km and will feature some cobbles!
Sun 7th July – This stage will be a Team Time Trial over 28km from Brussels city centre to the Atomium – the impresive 6-balls sculpture for the Grand Exhibition in 1958.
Mon 8th July – an arrival in Reims has been talked about for this stage.
Tue 9th July – the tour stays in the North East of France on mainly flat ground and a finish is expected in Nancy for this day.
Wed 10th July – from Nancy the Tour is expected to be making for the Vosges mountains and a route around the hills, before finishing somewhere around Colmar?
Thursday 11th July – fairly good authority that there will be a finish at La Planche des Belles Filles, in the Vosges. With apparently a section which is just 100m from the finish line with a gradient of something like 24% – so an exciting stage in the mountains of the Vosges.
Friday 12th July – a stage from the Vosges (Luxeuil les Bains) heading to Chalon sur Saone.
Saturday 13th July – not sure where from but the arrival of this stage will apparently be in Saint Etienne – with a departure from there on the next day the “fete nationale”
Sunday 14th July – depart from the prefecture in Saint Etienne with a course possibly heading out across to Brioude which is where Romain Bardet was born!
Mon 15th July – normally the first rest day, but it could actually be on the Tuesday with a stage on Monday?
Tuesday 16th July – (assuming rest day on Monday) would be Saint Flour to Albi – crossing through the Aveyron
Wed 17th July – Albi to Toulouse
Thur 18th July – stage from Toulouse and heading for the Pyrenees with a summit finish on Tourmalet.
Fri 19th July – another Pyrenees stage, and possibly a time trial in and around Pau?
Sat 20th July – another Pyrenees stage and a finish in the hills above and near to the town of Foix
Sun 21st July – would appear that Limoux is going to be a depart town and this would fit for Sunday as the Tour de France 2019 head up and across towards the Alps and Provence. Destination is to be Nimes – which looks like featuring prominently within the 2019 event.
Mon 22nd July – second rest day in and around Nimes
Tue 23rd July – talk of a Nimes to Nimes stage and even a bit of speculation that they may ride their bikes in and around the Romain Arena? Gladiator stylee!
Wed 24th July – departing from the Roman Pont du Gard and heading for the Alps – with an arrival into Gap.
Thu 25th July – Nearby Embrun is touted as the departure point, before a stage in Savoie which will finish in Valloire. This resort is at the top of the Col de Telegraph and the foot of the Galibier, so interesting to see whether the finish is a descent or a climb!
Fri 26th July – A depart in the Maurienne valley and a stage finishing perhaps in the ski report of Tignes.
Sat 27th July – another finish with a big mountain stage into a ski resort – which is to be from Albertville to Val Thorens and a summit finish in the highest ski village in the Alps of Val Thorens – located at 2 340 metres of altitude and a climb which is in the region of 36 kilometres.
To Note – this stage also has some speculation as being the Etape de Tour 2019 stage, although the single road up and down would in our opinion make the logistics of getting in and out a bit tricky!
Sun 28th July – finish in Paris on the Champs d’Elysee.