Binche is known for the Mémorial Franck Vandenbroucke aka Binche-Chimay-Binche. The yearly one-day race is on the calendar in October. Danny van Poppel is title holder.
The Tour de France comes home in its 3rd stage. Following two races in Belgium the stage is set to finish in Epernay. It’s been a while since La Grande Boucle last finished in the commercial centre in the Champagne region. Actually, the biggest cycling race in the world arrived only once in Epernay. In 1963, Belgian rider Eddy Pauwels won that year’s 1st stage to catapult himself into the yellow jersey.
The route of the Tour de France’s 3rd stage runs on rolling roads to Epernay. The last 30 kilometres feature a string of punchy hills – Côte d’Hautvillers, Côte de Champillon, Côte de Mutigny, Côte du Mont Bernon -, all with the potential to eliminate fast men. Furhermore, the ASO introduces a novelty to pep up the battle for the maillot jaune. Bonus seconds (3, 2 and 1) will be on offer at the Mutigny with 15 kilometres to go. The Mont Bernon is crested with 4 kilometres out, while the run-in to the line is slightly uphill.
Time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line of the 3rd stage of the 2019 Tour de France.
Tour de France 2019 stage 3: route, elevation, more
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