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The Tour de France - 2019 -   the connoisseur's guide to France - in English

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A Tour of eastern and southern France ...

The main features of the 2019 Tour de France are that it is almost entirely in the eastern half of France - indeed much of it will be close to France's eastern borders. It is also being billed as the "highest Tour de France ever",  with most of the route taking riders through the upland areas of southern France.
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  The main feature of the 2019 Tour de France is that it is almost entirely in the eastern half of France - indeed much of it will be close to France's eastern borders.  Riders will go nowhere near Normandy, Brittany, the Loire Valley or Aquitaine, apart from the obligatory stages in the Pyrenees.
  The 2019 tour is a race for hill-climbers. From Stage 5 onwards, when riders face the first climbs in the Vosges mountains until the last day's ride from Rambouillet to Paris,  riders will be contending with mainly hill country or mountains every day but two (stages 7 and 11), with twelve separate stages taking them close to or above the 1000 metres altitude mark. Hill and mountain stages involve two days in the Vosges mountains, one in the Monts du Lyonnais, two in the Massif Central, four in the Pyrenees, and three and a half days in the Alps. 

Accommodation for the Tour de France
All hotel rooms in and around the start and finish points get booked up very fast by the teams and the media.
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Tour de France 2019  

The 2019 Tour de France started on Saturday July 6th in Brussels, Belgium.
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Stage Date Day’s route (towns, regions) and terrain Length in Km.
1st stage Sat 6th July Brussels - Charleroi - Brussels  (Belgium) 192
2nd Stage Sun 7 July Time trials - Brussels  (Belgium) 27
3rd Stage Mon 8 July Binche (Belgium) to Epernay (Champagne) 214
4th stage Tues.9th July Reims (Champagne) to Nancy (Lorraine) 215
5th stage Wed 10th July Saint Dié des Vosges (Lorraine) to Colmar (Alsace) 169
6th stage Thurs 11 th July Mulhouse (Alsace) to Planche des Belles filles (Franche-Comté)
7th stage Fri 12th July Belfort (Franche-Comté) to Châlon sur Saône (Burgundy) 230
8th stage Sat 13th July Macon (Burgundy) to Saint-Etienne (Rhône-Alpes) 199
9th stage Sun 14th July Saint-Etienne to Brioude  (Auvergne) 170
Rest day Mon 15th July Saint-Flour (Auvergne) to Albi (Midi-Pyrénées) 218
10th stage Tues 16th July Rest day  Albi
11th stage Wed 17th July Albi to Toulouse    (Midi-Pyrenées) 167
12th stage Thur 18th July Toulouse to Bagnères  (Midi-Pyrénées) 202
13th stage Friday 19th July Time trials - Pau  (Aquitaine) 27
14th stage Sat. 20th July Tarbes to Col du Tourmalet (Midi-Pyrénées)   117
15th stage Sun 21st July Limoux to Foix (Languedoc 185
Rest day Mon 22nd July Rest day -  Nimes 
16th stage Tue 23rd July Around Nimes 177
17th stage Wed 24th July Pont du Gard (see Roman France) to Gap (Alpes) 206
18th stage Thur 25th July Embrun (Alpes) to Valloire (Rhône-Alpes) 207
19th stage Fri 26th July Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes  (Rhône-Alpes) 123
20th stage Sat 27th  July Albertville to Val-Thorens  (Rhône-Alpes) 131
21st Stage Sun 28th July Rambouillet to  Paris - Champs Elysées 127

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Tour de France 2008 : Tour de France 2009
Tour de France 2010  Tour de France 2011
Tour de France 2012   Tour de France 2013
Tour de France 2014   Tour de France 2015
Tour de France 2016   Tour de France 2017
Tour de France 2018

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Tour de France Pyrenees

Brioude, finishing point on Bastille Day  (14th July) - one of the most interesting small towns in France, and birthplace of top French yellow jersey contender Romain Bardet.

Nimes - with some of the finest Roman remains in France .  From 21st to 23rd July

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