Tour de France & UCI World Championships
Stage 3 of the Tour de France 2019 is a hilly stage, 215km from Binche to Epernay. The hills come in the last 30km, and should provide the opportunity for a puncheur to win.
This is the official map of Stage 3, Tour de France 2019.
|Bonus point||Côte de Mutigny
|Climbs||Côte de Nanteuil-la-Forêt (Category 4)
Côte d'Hautevillers (Category 3)
Côte de Champillon (Category 3)
Côte de Mutigny (Category 3)
The official Tour de France stage profile for Stage 3:
The peloton sets off from Binche at 1210, and arrives at the finish in Epernay between 1719 and 1750.
Stage 3 of the 2019 Tour de France takes the riders south from Binche, and they cross the border from Belgium to France after 12km. Initially, they are in the département du Nord, then they cross into the Aisne, very briefly visit the Ardennes before returning to the Aisne, and finally enter the Marne.
Reims is the major city on the route.
Most of the interest comes at the end of the stage, with one Category 4 climb, followed by three Category 3 climbs. The finish is in Epernay.
The stage could be made for Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe), Serge Pauwels (CCC), or Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), but the rising star in the last couple of years has been Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck Quick Step), and he is my pick.
Stage 4 of the Tour de France 2019 is 213.5km from Reims to Nancy.
Read about Stage 4 of the 2019 Tour de France.
Binche is a town in the Province of Hainaut, in the French-speaking Walloon part of Belgium (Wikipedia).
It is a former coal-mining area. The Binche Carnival is the most famous in Belgium, and involves participants dressing up as 'Gilles', with wax masks and colourful clothes.
Epernay is a town in the Marne département, home to many of the leading Champagne producers.