Once before the Tour de France visited Tignes. We’re referring to the 2007 Tour de France when Michael Rasmussen climbed to both the stage win and yellow jersey. The party didn’t last all the way to Paris though as the Dane was, while well on his way to winning the overall classification, removed from the Tour for lying about his whereabouts.
Obviously, Tignes wants to make a new name for itself in the Tour de France. The mountain village lies at an elevation of 2,113 metres and at the end of a long climb.
The race sets off in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. The 2015 Tour visited the village in 2015 with Romain Bardet soloed to victory before it served as a departure place for the following stage to La Toussuire summit finish, where Vincenzo Nibali took the flowers.
This time the riders leave for Tignes on a short yet demanding route. Basically, the road goes up once the flag is dropped – not dramatically, but stoically. On rolling and constantly sloping terrain the riders reach Montée d’Aussois after almost 40 kilometres and following a short drop it continues like before. The route moves through Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis and tackles the Col d’Iseran, a climb of 32.9 kilometres with an average gradient of 4.2%. Sure, the sheer distance is a killer, but even more so are the last 3 kilometres with double digit ramps. The first three riders over the summit earn 3, 2 and 1 bonus seconds.
Following the descent to Val d’Isère it levels out for a few kilometres. An ensuing descent leads to the foot of the final ascent. The tough part climbs for 7.4 kilometres at 7% to Lake Chevril before the last 2 kilometres to Tignes are a false flat.
Time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line in the 19th stage of the 2019 Tour de France.
Tour de France 2019 stage 19: Route map, height profiles, and more
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Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and Tignes at Google maps
Presentation of the route