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Tour 2019 will go through the roof

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Record number of arrivals above 2,000 metres

Tour 2019 will go through the roof

In a amechtige attempt to the omnipotence of Team Sky to break and again to a attractive kijkstuk to grow, looking for the Tour in 2019, more than ever, the extremes on.

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Fifty years after its first Tourzege the Tour brings a tribute to Eddy Merckx (with Tourbaas Christian Prudhomme) with a grand départ in Brussels. Peter The Voecht/photo news

Record number of arrivals above 2,000 metres

Tour 2019 will go through the roof

In a amechtige attempt to the omnipotence of Team Sky to break and again to a attractive kijkstuk to grow, looking for the Tour in 2019, more than ever, the extremes on.


Benedict Vanclooster

Brussels‘The Tour de France is boring. What do you do as a viewer? You turn off the sound on your television and wait for the pass to convert on three kilometers of the finish line.’ With a pleasantry brought UCI president David Lappartient, French note, last winter, the feeling of words, that for many cycling enthusiasts lives. And even though the Tour with Geraint Thomas is an unexpected winner got, sounded this summer, especially in the first Tourhelft, again the lamentation about geeuwetappes.

In the presentation of the route of next year, Christian Prudhomme yesterday afternoon in Paris, how the Tour does everything it can to an animated race to get. ‘Where we sought to have, is variation’, hinting the tour director on the criticism. ‘So there are two flat rides less than this year, seven in total, and are evenly spread over the three weeks. The first confrontation with the mountains is already on day six, four stages earlier than in the most recent edition.’

More cols

The Tourbaas shook less than thirty passes out of his hat. As a record, he said, immediately adding that it is not the intention is to make the game heavier. As if he the comments have already heard wind that the riders to superhuman efforts were driven. Prudhomme seemed to himself to speak, but explained: ‘There are less mountains category over the past few years, compared to more of the second category: mountains, where the competition is more difficult to control.’ In one breath, he called upon the UCI to the power meters from the cycling ban. Everyone of the some 3,700 attendees at the Palais des Congrès understood the references to the catenaccio of the rich Team Sky, is so deadly for the tension.

“I think Froome has a good chance on
a fifth victory’

Eddy Merckx

Or the Vosges and the Massif Central, the favorites will inspire all in the first Tourhelft their trenches early to leave, however, is doubtful, so learn recent passages in the tussengebergte. It is in four of the six bergritten in the Pyrenees and the Alps to the finish on top, even though conducive to procrastination, although the length of three of these rides, however, limited to 131 km and less.

Little time trials

Moreover, it threatens the entire concept of the Tour 2019 many toppers to a wait-and-see tactic. The centre of gravity is situated in the Alps, just before the traditional slotcriterium in Paris. The triptych in that mountains will take the caravan up to six times above 2,000 metres, with a passage about the 2.770 metres high Iseran, the highest motorable Mountain. The spacious 33-kilometer-long climb to the ski resort of Val Thorens, on the penultimate day, the last of in total three arrivals above 2,000 metres. ‘Du jamais-vu, ” said Prudhomme gleaming with pride.

Tom Dumoulin, Tuesday, on their honeymoon they left for Nepal in July 2019 on paper the main bestormer of the Sky-bastion, does not have the best memories of cycling at high altitude. It was a ride on two thin ‘tweeduizenders’ that he was in the Giro last year, the verge had to look up to his gevoeg to do and almost out of the race, kwijtspeelde.


The winner of the individual time trial in the last Tour is next year, even though not served by the number of kilometres solo against the clock: 27 only, the lowest number in the post-war history, on the Tour of 2015. Been put off by the ASO for return to the purest of all wielerdisciplines to slaughter in the offering box of the ratings and the chauvinism. Romain Bardet, the French hope, from the Auvergne to be honoured with a finish of stage in Brioude, has a younger brother, dead on time trial.

Just like in 2015, it protects the Tour to compensate with a team time trial, even though about 27 km away. A lot of impact on the final settlement required in this trial on day two not to have. In the team time trial of the most recent edition, which is still 8.5 miles longer, amounted to the difference between the winning BMC and the fifth team (Sunweb) less than eleven seconds.

A tribute to Merckx

The decor of the team time trial on Sunday, July 7, 2019 is Brussels, where only the day before the Tour started is flagged, such as in the spring of last year became known. The first ride, via Charleroi, is leading in the final by Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, fifty years after Eddy Merckx for his own people, the first of his 111 yellow jerseys conquered. In addition to the Cannibal wants the 106th Tour to pay tribute to that magical symbol, that on July 19, 1919, for the first time, was presented to the race director, the Frenchman Eugène Christophe.

“It is still the most beautiful jersey in cycling’, proclaimed Merckx yesterday in Paris, on the stage flanked by the two surviving five-fold Tourwinnaars Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. When he afterwards asked his to shine a light on the Tour next year, said Merckx: “This is a Tour for climbers. I think Froome has a good chance at a fifth victory. You also have Bardet, who, with as little tijdritkilometers well. Also, Thibaut Pinot can mean anything, and if he is in the Tour as this fall. And who knows may be a younger as Egan Bernal surprise, as he is the Tour allowed to drive, at least.’

With that last blow to the arm raised from Brussels the great unknown factor for the Tour next year: how will Sky and his internal luxury problem solving? That Froome still mederecordhouder want to be, there is no doubt, however, whether that also means that Thomas, his title will not defend, could yesterday tell anyone. And what if the thin air of the Pyrenees and Alpenreuzen earlier than expected by Merckx cited Colombian Bernal to the highest spot propels?

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