All over the world in cycling sports there are annually three Grand Tours. The Tour De France is one of the three Grand Tours. It is held primarily in France and sometimes passes through a few of the neighboring countries depending upon the route of the Tour De France, which keeps changing every year. The Tour De France is in actual a multi stage bicycle race for men consisting of 21 day long stages which are completed over the course of 23 days. First started in 1903 as an advertising event for a newspaper, currently this bicycle race has gained popularity all over the globe and attracts spectators from all over the world. While the route changes, the format of the Tour De France remains the same year in and year out. It is usually held in July and starts with the appearance of time trials and finishes on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. In between the starting and finishing points there are clockwise and anticlockwise circuits of France and passage via the Pyrenees and the Alps mountain chains. Visit the top online hotel booking websites today if you want to follow your favourite cyclists though the Alpine mountain ranges.
Tour De France 2019 Highlights
This year the Tour De France will start its 106th edition of the race from Brussels in honor of Eddy Merckx, who was the first ever winner of the Tour De France 50 years ago. This year it will be the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx win while being the 100th anniversary of the yellow Jerseys on the Grand Depart and according to the organizers this year the route chosen for the cycle race will be the highest Tour in history with five summit finishes. It features 30 categorized climb together with five mountain finishes. The time trialing will only be of 54 km but it will be the highest in the history so that makes up for the less distance. The total distance for the 2019 Grand Depart race will be 3,460km, starting from Brussels on 6th July and is destined to finish in Paris on 28th July.
The route for this year’s Tour De France is as follows:
Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin, ranked no. 2 in the 2018 Tour De France, and has already announced his intentions of competing in the 2019 Grand Depart. On the other side the defending champion of Team Sky, Geraint Thomas has also confirmed his participation together with the four time Tour De France winner Chris Froome. Chris Froome is hopping to join the legendary riders Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx, and Miguel Indurain who are famed for winning the Tour De France five times. Julian Alaphilippe, double stage winner of 2018 famed as the king of the mountains is also set to return to the race this year representing his team Quick Step Floors.22 teams will be competing in Grand Depart 2019, 18 of them will be the world tour teams while 4 wildcard entries will be chosen by the organizers. Counting up the 8 riders of each team a total of 176 riders will be seen on the starting line in Brussels.
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