Stage 19 is the final of the mountain stages at this year’s Tour De France. Beginning in Lourdes, this Pyrenees stage provides many testing paths for the riders to contend with. For this reason, it’s also a puzzle for sports gamblers.
The stage has some of the longest distance climbs in the Tour, taking in the titans of the Pyrenees. The Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet, Col du Soulour and Col d’Aubisque will all be tackled.
Tour de France Stage 19 Odds
Most sports betting sites that offer stage 19 betting agree on one thing. It’s a climber stage. What they don’t always agree on is which climbers will be the fastest.
Clearly, the best odds should be given to those who have high endurance. There are six climbs in the stage and two of them are hors categorie. There’s 60 kilometres of climbing alone in this stage alone.
It also features some sharp turns and narrow paths. So you’ll find the best betting odds in riders who aren’t only strong and good at climbing. Speed and other attributes are important too.
Tour de France Stage 19 Predictions
The characteristics of the stage make it an appealing one for a climber. If a climber has endured some tricky spells earlier on in the Tour, this is the time to make up lost ground.
Stage 19 is absolutely crucial for the General Classification rankings. This is a fantastic opportunity, and probably the last, for riders pushing to win the General Classification.
If they don’t establish themselves in the yellow jersey rankings on stage 19, it’s game over. So, for those yellow jersey contenders behind in the rankings, this stage is all-the-more important.
Knowing this, we predict some of the players throwing all of their efforts in. That’s except those who will be saving energy for the individual team trial on the next day.
Stage 19 Tour De France 2018 Details
Here are the basic details you need to know:
- Date of stage: Friday 27th July
- Distance covered: 200.5km
- Start location: Lourdes
- End location: Laruns
- Set to begin at: 12:15 local time
- Set to finish at: 17:49 local time
Tour De France 2018 Stage 19 Route
After the start in Lourdes, the first climb for the riders is up towards Cote de Loucrup. It’s a short climb and its summit is reached 7km into the stage. It’s a 1.8km climb at an average gradient of 7.2%.
Breakaway attacks are a distinct possibility in stage 19, and we could see the first of these on this first climb.
The next climb is up towards Cote de Capvern-les-Bains. It’s a 3.4km climb at an average gradient of 5.1% which begins around 36km into the race.
A fairly flat phase follows before the next climb. Then it’s the first imposing mountain the riders will encounter, the Col d’Aspin. Beginning at around 66km into the race, the riders will endure a 12km climb at an average gradient of 6.5%.
After the crest is reached, there is a considerable descent down to Sainte-Marie-de-Campan. Next, the riders tackle the epic Col du Tourmalet climb.
The riders will be dealing with 17.1 km of a 7.3% ascent. Once the riders reach the crest, they will be at an altitude of 2115m and 108km into the stage.
Descending down towards Argeles Gazost, the riders will soon reach the bottom of their next climb. That will be Col de Borderes, an 8.6km climb of 5.8%.
The descent after this climb is followed by a punchy and demanding climb up to Col de Soulor. With a steep average gradient of 8.4% the riders’ legs are sure to be burning.
A short descent is followed by a climb up the absolute iconic Col d’Aubisque. The distance covered for this climb will be 16.6km. But the physical exertion required is not quite as demanding. The average gradient up to the Aubisque is only 4.9%.
After the final climb has been reached, the riders will descent for a distance of 17km. The final 3km involves false flats and the riders finish the stage in Laruns.
We expect stage 19 to be a very exciting one. It could decide the yellow jersey winner at this year’s Tour De France. Set in some iconic locations, this race has all the markings of a classic Tour De France stage.
Stage 19 is the last mountain stage and a great opportunity for climbers. That’s why their odds are so high.