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Stages of the Tour de France 2019

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 1

Saturday 6th July 2019

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

The 2019 Grand Départ will take place in Brussels.

Profile of Stage 1, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 1, TDF2019 ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 1 is 194.5km 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: Dylan Groenewegen

Read about Stage 1, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 2

Sunday 7th July 2019

Atomium, Brussels
Atomium, by Nine LaMaitre, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0
Profile of Stage 2, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 2, TDF2019 ©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: Jumbo Visma

Read about Stage 2, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 3

Monday 8th July 2019

Epernay
Epernay
Profile of Stage 3, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 3, TDF2019 ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 3 is 215km from Binche to Epernay. It's a hilly stage, with the hills loaded to the back end of the race. It should suit a puncheur.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Julian Alaphilippe

Read about Stage 3, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 4

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Nancy
Nancy, by Parsifall, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0
Profile of Stage 4, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 4, TDF 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 4 is 213.5km from Reims to Nancy. This flat stage features just two Category 4 climbs. It ends with a 1.5km straight to the line in Nancy, and the sprinters will have a Post-It Note on this page in their copies of the race book.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Elia Viviani (Deceuninck Quick-Step)

Read about Stage 4, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 5

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Colmar
Colmar Old Town, by Tizianok, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0
Profile of Stage 5, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 5, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 5 is 175.5km from Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar. This is a hilly stage in the Vosges mountains, with four categorised climbs - the last of which comes 19.5km before the finish.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Thomas de Gendt

Read about Stage 5, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 6

Thursday 11th July 2019

La Planche des Belles Filles
La Planche des Belles Filles, by Thomas Bresson, Licence CC BY 2.0
Profile of Stage 6, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 6, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 6 is 160.5km from Mulhouse to la Planche-des-Belles-Filles. It's a proper tough, testing mountain stage, featuring Vosges classics such as the Ballon d'Alsace and the Grand Ballon. It finishes with the steep climb to la Planche des Belles Filles, won by Fabio Aru last time the Tour tackled it in 2017.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Thibaut Pinot

Read about Stage 6, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 7

Friday 12th July 2019

Chalon-sur-Saone
Chalon-sur-Saone (public domain)
Profile of Stage 7, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 7, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 7 is 230km from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saone. The three categorised climbs come in the first half of the route, leaving 110km of flat to the finish line. It's almost guaranteed to end in a bunch sprint.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Dylan Groenewegen

Read about Stage 7, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 8

Saturday 13th July 2019

Saint-Etienne
Saint-Etienne, by Alexandre Prevot, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0
Profile of Stage 8, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 8, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 8 is 200km from Mâcon to Saint-Etienne. It's a tough day, with seven categorised climbs. The winner will be the fastest finisher in the front group - whether that's a breakaway, or a GC group.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Adam Yates

Read about Stage 8, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 9

Sunday 14th July 2019 (Bastille Day)

Brioude
Brioude, by Fabienuniversité, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0
Profile of Stage 9, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 9, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 9 is 170.5km from Saint-Etienne to Brioude. This hilly stage features three climbs, one 13km before the end. It is designed as a stage for a breakaway.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Serge Pauwels

Read about Stage 9, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 10

Monday 15th July 2019

Albi
Albi, by Caroline Léna Becker, Licence CC BY 2.0
Profile of Stage 10, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 10, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 10 is far from flat, but the last categorised climb is 50-odd km from the finish, and there's a big incentive for the sprinters' teams to bring back any breakaway.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Caleb Ewan

Read about Stage 10, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 11

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Toulouse
Toulouse, by Maxime Bober, Licence CC BY 2.0
Profile of Stage 11, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 11, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 11 is 167km from Albi to Toulouse. It's flat and should result in a bunch sprint.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Viviani

Read about Stage 11, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2018: Stage 12

Thursday 18th July 2019

Bagneres-de-Bigorre
Bagneres-de-Bigorre, by Stephen Colebourne, Licence CC BY 2.0
Profile of Stage 12, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 12, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 12 is 209.5km from Toulouse to Bagnères-de-Bigorre. It includes two Cat 1 climbs, and a descent to the finish.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Valverde

Read about Stage 12, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 13

Friday 19th July 2019

Pau
Chateau de Pau, by Turol Jones, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0
Profile of Stage 13, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 13, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 13 is a 27.2km time trial, starting and finishing in Pau.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Wout van Aert

Read about Stage 13, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2018: Stage 14

Saturday 20th July 2019

Tourmalet
Le Géant du Tourmalet, by Soumei Baba, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0
Profile of Stage 14, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 14, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 14 is a short (117.5km) mountain stage, with a summit finish at the Tourmalet.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Steven Kruijswijk

Read about Stage 14, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 15

Sunday 21st July 2019

Foix
Château de Foix, by Jorge Franganillo, Licence CC BY 2.0
Profile of Stage 15, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 15, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 15 is a 185km mountain stage, with four categorised climbs, including a summit finish at Prat d'Albis.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Dan Martin

Read about Stage 15, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 16

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Arena, Nimes
Arena, Nimes, by Sammy Arnold, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0
Profile of Stage 16, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 16, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 16 is a 177km flat 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: Groenewegen

Read about Stage 16, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 17

Wednesday 24th July 2018

Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard, public domain (Tiberio Frascari)
Profile of Stage 17, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 17, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 17 is 200km from Pont du Gard to Gap. It takes the race to the Alps: it's flat at first, then gains height. The key point is the Col de la Sentinelle. It could be a day for the breakaway.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Thomas de Gendt

Read about Stage 17, Tour de France 2019

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 18

Thursday 25th July 2019

Col d'Izoard
Climb through the Casse Déserte to the Col d'Izoard, by Kévin Peignot, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0
Profile of Stage 18, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 18, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 18 is 208km 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: Buchmann

Read about Stage 18, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 19

Friday 26th July 2019

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

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

Stage 19 is 126.5km from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes. It's a short mountain stage which includes the Montée d'Aussois, Col de la Madeleine, and the Col d'Iseran, before the final ascent to Tignes.

Hedgehog pick to win the stage: Egan Bernal

Read about Stage 19, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 20

Saturday 27th July 2019

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

Stage 20 is 130km from Albertville to Val Thorens. This stage in the Savoie département begins with an ascent of the Col de Méraillet/Cormet de Roselend, followed by the Côte de Longefoy, before taking the old road via Saint-Laurent-de-la-Côte on the way up to Val Thorens. This is also the route of the Etape du Tour 2019.

Read about Stage 20, Tour de France 2019.

Stages of the Tour de France 2019: Stage 21

Sunday 28th July 2019

Froome & Tony Martin, Paris, TDF 2017
Froome & Tony Martin, Paris, TDF 2017, by youkeys, Licence CC BY 2.0
Profile of Stage 21 Tour de France 2019
Profile of Stage 20, 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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