2019 Tour de France:
PARIS 'Follow Le Tour'
TDF Ride to Paris | July 19-29 2019
For the 2019 TdF Paris Tour we have seven days of race viewing, covering stage starts, finishes, feedzones and KOMs. We’ll be starting near the Pyrenees, before venturing into the Alps, on our way to Paris. We’ll have the opportunities to climb the famed Cols of Tourmalet, Peyresourde, Aspin, Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez, Glandon and Galibier amongst many others. With a mix of luxury accommodation and traditional hotels, haute and provincial cuisine, we’ll finish with a ride around Paris.
Follow the largest annual sporting event in the world and enjoy the French countryside and culture along the way…
The 2019 Tour de France will be the 106th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling’s three Grand Tours.
From our start in Toulouse we’ll hit the race most days, along with fitting in plenty of riding. Up to 1,000k and 15,000m vertical, in total for the complete tour. We’ll move from Arreau to Couiza, both in the Pyrenees, Sommieres in Provence, before 4 nights in the French Alps and following the road to Paris.
With a group limited to 13 places only, this will be a tour for riding and relaxing and following Le Grand Boucle without spending hours every day waiting for, and chasing the race. With a small group you’ll receive personal and attentive care for the length of the tour.
Tour Price: $7390 (AUD) per person
[Places are limited to 13 clients in total (with 3 staff).]
Tour Start / FinishToulouse - Paris
Pick UpJuly 19 - Pickup 11.00am: Toulouse Railway Station
Drop OffJuly 29 - Drop off 10.00am: Paris Hotel Etoile
Cycling Fitness/ExperienceAny + E-Bikes Available
Friday, July 19: Stage 13 | Pau – Pau, 27 km ITT
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The only individual time-trial of the 2019 Tour will take place in Pau that has already welcomed two time-trials in the past: in 1939 (victory of Swiss Karl Litschi) and in 1981 (victory of Bernard Hinault). A powerful all-rounder, comfortable when the road rises could, like Hinault, seize the opportunity to capture the Yellow Jersey. A very special collector’s jersey that day marking the 100th anniversary of the Yellow Jersey.
Saturday, July 20: Stage 14 | Tarbes → Col du Tourmalet, 117km MOUNTAIN
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The 2000m mark will force the riders to enter into a new dimension. They will reach it just before making it to the Col du Tourmalet, by this time the battle between the best climbers should be at its most entertaining. On a rather intense format, the stage will, before that, feature another climb: the Col du Soulor.
Sunday, July 21: Stage 15 | Limoux → Foix Prat d'Albis, 185km MOUNTAIN
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: TV viewers will make the best of this day to enjoy and discover the Cathar castles. The riders will be more focused on the new climbs on the day’s course: the Côte de Montségur as an appetiser and the finish at Prat d’Albis, after a 12-km climb at an average of 6.9%. And that will bring the total to 4 700 metres of elevation.
Monday, July 22: Rest Day |
Tuesday, July 23 : Stage 16 | Nimes – Nimes, 177km FLAT
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: Following a rest day, the day’s loop will be entirely taking place in the departement of Gard and the peloton will have the very special privilege of riding on the Pont du Gard. The escapees that will show up on the famous Roman viaduct should be under the careful scrutiny of the bunch. A bunched sprint in Nîmes is likely.
Wednesday, July 24 Stage 17 | Pont du Gard → Gap, 206km HILLY
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The theme of Antiquity will be respected as we go through the Rhone valley and visit the theatre in Orange and pass through Vaison-la-Romaine. But the breakaway riders that will be at the front that day will mainly need to focus on their strategy when they take on the climb up to La Sentinelle with under 10kms to go.
Thursday, July 25 Stage 18 | Embrun → Valloire, 207km MOUNTAIN
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: Climbers will have an opportunity to express their talent in the high mountains of this first big Alpine stage where they’ll be above 2000 metres in altitude in three different locations… which is extremely rare on a stage for the Tour de France. For the occasion, the day will include climbs up Vars, the Izoard and the Galibier!
Friday, July 26: Stage 19 | Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne → Tignes, 123km MOUNTAIN
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The journey through the Alps continues with a dynamic stage that will take the riders to the summit of the 2019 Tour at the Col de l’Iseran (2 770m) that will only be reached for the eighth time in the history of the Tour and the second time by its south side which is the toughest one. It is precisely when going up towards the highest road pass in Europe that Louison Bobet had bid farewell to the Tour in 1959 but also where Claudio Chiappucci took off before winning in Sestrières in 1992.
Saturday, July 27: Stage 20 | Albertville → Val Thorons, 131km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The last alpine stage will be a grande premiere: it will indeed be the third finish above an altitude of 2000 metres, which has never occurred in the history of the Tour. Before the final climb to Val Thorens, a first battle should take place at the Cormet de Roselend. The total ascent of the day will be 4 450 metres.
Sunday, July 28: Stage 21: Houilles → Paris, 115km
Christian Prudhomme’s comment: The Yellow Jersey is traditionally often solidly settled on the shoulders of the final winner at the start of this last stage, but for the sprinters who dream of triumphing on the ChampsÉlysées, it’s the opportunity to take on one of the toughest challenges of the year. The hills of the Chevreuse valley could also play a role in giving out decisive points for the polka-dot jersey.
Monday, July 30: Day 11 | PARIS - "Au Revoir!"
PARISWe’ll have an early start, hitting the road for a brisk morning’s ride around Paris. The best way to see this beautiful city, all before breakfast.
106th Edition of the Tour de France
1919-2019 - A Century in Yellow
The routeWith the Grand Départ from Brussels on Saturday July 6th with its conclusion on the Champs-Élysées, Paris on Sunday July 28th 2018, the 106th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,460 kilometres.
- 7 flat stages
- 5 hilly stages
- 7 mountain stages and 5 mountain-top finishes (La Planche des Belles Filles, Tourmalet, Foix Prat d’Albis, Tignes, Val Thorens)
- 1 individual time-trial
- 1 team time-trial
- 2 rest days
GeographyThe 2019 Tour will go through two countries, Belgium and France. It will visit the three Belgian regions (Bruxelles-Capitale, Flanders and Wallonia) and 37 departments of France.
TIME-TRIALS: TTT AND ITTAs it was the case in 2018, there are two time-trials on the menu:
- by teams for stage 2, Bruxelles Palais Royal > Brussel Atomium on a distance of 27kms
- individual for stage 13 in Pau on a distance of 27kms. It’ll be on Friday the 19th of July, a date that marks the 100th anniversary of the Yellow Jersey.