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Stages of the Tour de France 2019

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 1

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels, by Roman Boed, Licence CC BY 2.0

Saturday 6th July 2019

The 2019 Grand Départ will take place in Brussels.

Stage 1 is 192km from Brussels to Charleroi and back to Brussels. It includes the Muur van Geraardsbergen and Bosberg climbs. There will be time bonuses for the first three finishers, so Stage 1 is an opportunity for the day's winner to take the yellow jersey.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Fernando Gaviria

Read about Stage 1, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 2

Atomium, Brussels

Atomium, by Nine LaMaitre, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Sunday 7th July 2019


Profile of Stage 2, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 2 is a team time trial from the Palais Royal de Bruxelles to the Atomium. The course is on wide dual carriageway roads. There are a lot of 'false flats', but no real hills, and since there are few corners, it isn't technical. It should suit a team of powerful rouleurs.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: CCC

Read about Stage 2, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 3


Monday 8th July 2019


Profile of Stage 3, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 3 is 214km from Binche to Epernay.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 3, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 4


Tuesday 9th July 2019


Profile of Stage 4, Tour de France 2018, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 4 is 215km from Reims to Nancy.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 4, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 5


Wednesday 10th July 2019


Profile of Stage 5, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 5 is 169km from Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 5, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 6


Thursday 11th July 2019


Profile of Stage 6, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 6 is 157km from Mulhouse to la Planche-des-Belles-Filles.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 6, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 7

Friday 12th July 2019


Profile of Stage 7, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 7 is 230km from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saone.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 7, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 8


Saturday 13th July 2019


Profile of Stage 8, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 8 is 199km from Mâcon to Saint-Etienne.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 8, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 9


Sunday 14th July 2019 (Bastille Day)


Profile of Stage 9, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 9 is 170km from Saint-Etienne to Brioude.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 9, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 10


Monday 15th July 2019


Profile of Stage 10, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France organisers


Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 10, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 11


Wednesday 17th July 2019


Profile of Stage 11, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 11 is 167km from Albi to Toulouse.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 11, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2018: Stage 12


Thursday 18th July 2019


Profile of Stage 12, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 12 is 202km from Toulouse to Bagnères-de-Bigorre.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 12, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 13


Friday 19th July 2019


Profile of Stage 13, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 13 is a 27km individual time trial based in Pau. This is also the route of the women's race, La Course, which will do five laps of the circuit.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Tom Dumoulin

Read about Stage 13, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2018: Stage 14


Saturday 20th July 2019


Profile of Stage 14, Tour de France 2018, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 14 is 117km from Tarbes to Tourmalet-Barèges.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 14, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 15


Sunday 21st July 2019

Profile of Stage 15, Tour de France 2019

Profile of Stage 15, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 15 is 185km from Limoux to Foix Prat d'Albis.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 15, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 16

Arena, Nimes

Arena, Nimes, by Sammy Arnold, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Tuesday 23rd July 2019


Profile of Stage 16, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 16 is a 177km road stage, starting and finishing in Nimes. The route includes a crossing of the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 16, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 17

Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard, public domain (Tiberio Frascari)

Wednesday 24th July 2018


Profile of Stage 17, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 17 is - details to appear here.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

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Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 18

Col d'Izoard

Climb through the Casse Déserte to the Col d'Izoard, by Kévin Peignot, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Thursday 25th July 2019

Profile of Stage 18, TDF 2019

Profile of Stage 18, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Profile of Stage 18, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 18 is 207km from Embrun to Valloire. This mountain stage includes climbs of the Col de Vars, the Col d'Izoard, and the Col du Galibier.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 18, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 19

Col d'Iseran
Col d'Iseran, by Soumei Baba, Licence CC BY 2.0

Friday 26th July 2019

Profile of Stage 19, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 19, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 19 is 123km from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes. It's a short mountain stage which includes the Montée d'Aussois and the Col d'Iseran, before the final ascent to Tignes.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage:

Read about Stage 19, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 20

Val Thorens
Val Thorens

Saturday 27th July 2019

Profile of Stage 20 Tour de France 2019
Profile of Stage 20, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 20 is 131km from Albertville to Val Thorens. This stage in the Savoie département begins with an ascent of the Cormet de Roselend, followed by the Montée de Longefoy, before taking the old road via Saint-Laurent-de-la-Côte on the way up to Val Thorens.

Read about Stage 20, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 21

Froome & Tony Martin, Paris, TDF 2017

Froome & Tony Martin, Paris, TDF 2017, by youkeys, Licence CC BY 2.0

Sunday 28th July 2019


Profile of Stage 21, Tour de France 2019, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 21 is the traditional final stage of the Tour de France, with the GC already settled, and a prestigious stage win on the Champs-Elysées at stake. There'll be a sprint, for arguably the most coveted stage win of the race. Read about Stage 21, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: video

Grand Départ 2019

The 2019 Tour de France begins with a Grand Départ in the Belgian capital Brussels. 

Stages of the Tour de France 2018

Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile

Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, by Aoudot25, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

The 2018 Tour de France began with a Grand Départ in the Vendée. Setting off from the Ile de Noirmoutier, the race moved into Brittany, taking in a Mûr de Bretagne stage, and finished the first week with a rattle over the cobbles to Roubaix. The Alps came before the Pyrenees, and the Col d'Aubisque was the last major climb (Stage 19). An individual time trial on Stage 20 re-shuffled the podium, before the traditional Paris finish.

On each of the stage guides, I've added video highlights of the racing that took place on the day.

Read a stage by stage guide to the route of the 2018 Tour.

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