176: Cyclist set to hit the road for 106th Tour de France-FRI0705

ON THIS POST: PRIMER FOR 106TH EDITION OF TOUR DE FRANCE

  • Tour facts and figures

  • Riders, teams to watch

  • Favorites to win race

  • Stage facts, schedule

  • Recent winners


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106th Tour de France

21 stages, July 6-28

Start: Brussels, Belgium

Finish: Paris

2018 champ: Geraint Thomas

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Race starting in Belgium to mark 50th anniversary of 5-time tour winner Eddy Merckx’s 1st title

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Race will celebrate century

of the maillot jaune (yellow jersey), worn by overall race leader

  • Green: Jersey worn by leader in points classification

  • Polka dot: Jersey won by best climber in mountains

  • White: Jersey won by best young rider (25 or younger) in overall time

22, 8, 176

2019 field will have 22 teams

of 8 riders each for a total of

176 riders on the starting line

A DOZEN RIDERS TO WATCH
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
PTS RIDER TEAM
907 Jakob Fuglsang Astana Pro Team
886 Thibault Pinot Groupama-FDJ
846 Egan Bernal Team INEOS
826 Nairo Quintana Movistar Team
820 Simon Yates Mitchelton-Scott
820 Steven Kruijswijk Jumbo-Visma
820 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team
TOP SPRINTERS
PTS RIDER TEAM
1,471 Elia Viviani Quick Step
1,468 Alexander Kristoff Team Emirates
1,304 Peter Sagan BORA-hansgrohe
1,032 Dylan Groenewegen Jumbo-Visma
789 Michael Matthews Team Sunweb

1-2-3

British rider Geraint Thomas won in 2018 with Dutchman Tom Dumoulin 2nd, Britain’s Chris Froome 3rd

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4-time tour winner Froome and Dumoulin will both miss the race as they recover from injuries

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Stage wins by Britain’s Mark Cavendish; will miss 1st race since 2007 after being left off team roster

TOUR DE FRANCE FAVORITES
NO RIDER
2-1 Egan Bernal
9-4 Geraint Thomas
11-2 Jakob Fuglsang
12-1 Adam Yates
14-1 Richie Porte
16-1 Nairo Quintana
18-1 Thibaut Pinot
20-1 Mikel Landa
20-1 Steven Kruijswijk
25-1 Enric Mas Nicolau
25-1 Romain Bardet
30-1 Vincenzo Nibali
30-1 Rigoberto Uran
40-1 Wouter Poels
60-1 Emanuel Buchmann
80-1 Daniel Martin
80-1 Alejandro Valverde
80-1 Rohan Dennis
100-1 Tejay Van Garderen
150-1 Fabio Aru
200-1 George Bennett
200-1 Julian Alaphilippe
250-1 David Gaudu
250-1 Wilco Kelderman
250-1 Rafal Majka

34, 18, 11

Eddy Merckx won a record

34 tour stages, finishing 2nd

18 times and 3rd 11 times

5, 9, 7

Greg LeMond’s podium stage finishes in the tour, the most

by an American cyclist

All-time tour stage wins


Most top-10 finishes by American


2,145

Total miles of the 21 stages

riders will travel over 3 weeks in 2019 Tour de France race

2,770

For 8th time in race history, riders will climb 2,770 meters (9,100 feet) at Iseran Mountain in Alps

2019 TOUR DEF FRANCE STAGES
DIS-distance in miles; MTN-mountain
DT NO START DIS TYPE
7/6 1 Brussels (Belgium) 119 Flat
7/7 2 Brussels (Belgium) 17 Team time trial
7/8 3 Binche (Belgium) 133 Flat
7/9 4 Reims (France) 134 Flat
7/10 5 Saint-Dié-des-Vosges 105 Medium mtn
7/11 6 Mulhouse 98 Medium mtn
7/12 7 Belfort 143 Flat
7/13 8 Mâcon 124 Hilly
7/14 9 Saint-Étienne 106 Medium mtn
7/15 10 Saint-Flour 135 Hilly
7/16 - Rest day
7/17 11 Albi 104 Flat
7/18 12 Toulouse 126 High mtn
7/19 13 Pau 17 Indiv. time trial
7/20 14 Tarbes 73 High mtn
7/21 15 Limoux 115 Medium mtn
7/22 - Rest day
7/23 16 Nîmes 110 Hilly
7/24 17 Pont du Gard 128 Medium mtn
7/25 18 Embrun 129 High mtn
7/26 19 Saint-Jean-
de-Maurienne
76 High mtn
7/27 20 Albertville 81 High mtn
7/28 21 Rambouillet 79 Flat

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NBC will air more than 250 hours of coverage across its sports channels and online streaming package

  • 8: Riders who will cameras mounted on their bikes

  • 47: Tour de France races covered by announcer Phil Liggett


Most starts, active riders


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4 cyclists share the tour

record with 5 victories

  • Bernad Hinault, ‘78-79, ‘81-82, ‘85

  • Eddy Merckx: ‘69-72, ‘74

  • Jacques Anquetil, ‘57, ‘61-64

  • Miguel Indurain, ‘91-95

TOUR WINNERS SINCE 2006
YR WINNER NATION
2018 Geraint Thomas Britain
2017 Chris Froome Britain
2016 Chris Froome Britain
2015 Chris Froome Britain
2014 Vincenzo Nibali Italy
2013 Chris Froome Britain
2012 Bradley Wiggins Britain
2011 Cadel Evans Australia
2010 Andy Schleck Luxembourg
2009 Alberto Contador Spain
2008 Carlos Sastre Spain
2007 Alberto Contador Spain
2006 Óscar Pereiro Spain

Source: letour.fr; procyclingstats.com