Tour de France & UCI World Championships
Stage 4 of the Tour de France 2019 is 213.5km from Reims to Nancy. This flat stage is destined to end in a bunch sprint on the 1.5km finishing straight in Nancy.
This is the official map of Stage 4, Tour de France 2019.
|Climbs||Côte de Rosières (Category 4)
Côte de Maron (Category 4)
The official Tour de France stage profile for Stage 4:
The peloton sets off from Reims at 1210, and arrives at the finish in Nancy between 1710 and 1737.
The peloton leaves Reims and heads south east to Chalons-en-Champagne. Then, the route continues to Bar-le-Duc, before the first of two Category 4 climbs - the Côte de Rosières (1km at 7%).
The intermediate sprint comes at Lérouville.
The second Category 4 climb, the Côte de Maron (3.2km at 5%) is 15km before the finish. Could it provide the opportunity for a solo or group attack to get away and evade the sprinters' teams? Unlikely.
There's a roundabout and a left hand bend 1.5km before the finish, then a straight-line sprint to the line in Nancy alongside the Meurthe.
This could be a sprinters' stage where a strong lead-out makes the difference, and for that reason I'm going to pick Elia Viviani of Deceuninck Quick-Step.
Stage 5 of the Tour de France 2019 is 175.5km from Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar.
Read about Stage 5 of the 2019 Tour de France.
Reims is a city of 320,000 people. It was in Reims Cathedral that French kings were crowned, for centuries (Wikipedia).
Nancy is the capital of the Meurthe-et-Moselle département. It is the former capital of the Duchy of Lorraine (Wikipedia).
Nancy is on the left bank of the river Meurthe, and is surrounded by hills. Place Stanislas (see photo above) is perhaps the city's most attractive square, built from 1752-5 by Stanislas I of Poland (Duke of Lorraine).
Michel Platini is from Nancy.