This year’s Tour De France comprises many stages which are bound to throw up drama and excitement. Stage 19 is one such stage, taking in the toughest climbs of the Pyrenees.
This late stage in the Tour is an absolutely crucial one for those gunning for the yellow jersey in the General Classification. This will be the final chance for those behind on the yellow jersey board to push themselves back in contention. For the climbers, this stage affords the perfect opportunity to do just that.
The Pyrenees Tour De France 2018 Stage 19
Stage 19 completes the mountain stages at this year’s Tour, and what a way to finish them. The riders will be facing the giants of the Pyrenees in stage 19 including:
- Col d’ Aspin
- Col du Tourmalet
- Col du Soulour
- Col d’ Aubisque
The riders will also climb Cote de Loucrup, Cote de Capvern-les-Bains and Col des Borderes, making it a very mentally and physically demanding for all riders involved.
Basic Information Tour De France 2018 Stage 19
- Stage 19 takes place on Friday 27th July
- A distance of 200.5km will be covered
- Stage starts in Lourdes
- Stage ends in Laruns
- Set to begin at 12:15 local time
- Expected finish time at 17:49 local time
Stage 19 is probably the most eagerly anticipated of all the mountain stages. Technically there are only six mountain passes officially listed.
Yet, the climb to Col du Soulour, not officially a mountain pass, will effectively function as one of its own. These climbs are going to be incredibly physically demanding for the riders as they battle through the Pyrenees.
After the crest of the final climb is reached, the iconic Aubisque, a final 20km will be ridden with the race culminating in 3km of flat finishes.
Who is going to win Tour De France 2018 Stage 19?
This is a very good question and it will be fascinating to see who takes the victory.
Owing to the nature of the stage we can only expect that the advantage will be with the climbers, and that a climber will get the victory.
Froome has enjoyed tremendous success at the Tour De France over the past few years. He won the yellow jersey in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and is in contention to win a fifth yellow jersey this year.
Although Froome has developed into an all-rounder, he is primarily known as a climbing specialist. His improvement in navigating descents will be hugely beneficial for this stage. Froome is definitely one of the favourites to take the victory here.
Another rider who is likely to be there or thereabouts is 2014 Tour De France yellow jersey winner, Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian all-rounder is a very good climber and possesses excellent descent skills and bike handling.
Slightly behind Froome and Nibali in our favourites to win stage 19 is Romain Bardet. The Frenchman is France’s big hope at the Tour De France.
His sharp improvements in climbing ability after some altitude training will be valuable in stage 19. Bardet is a slight underdog, but definitely in contention.
With no betting markets currently around to bet on stage 19 of the Tour De France, you will have to hold your horses. But once those markets do open, our money is on one of the aforementioned riders to pick up the victory in stage 19 of the Tour De France.