The flag is dropped in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges in the glacial and green valley of the river La Meurthe. The route moves through Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park. Contrary to the first four stages the route goes either up or down. A perfect warm-up for stage 6 – to La Planche des Belles Filles.
En route the riders tackle two classified climbs. Côte du Haut-Koenigsbourg slopes for 18.8 kilometres at an average gradient of 2.8%, while Côte des Trois Épis is an 8 kilometres ascent at 5.5%. The peaks are crested with 66 kilometres and 33.5 kilometres remaining.
Following the Trois Épis descent another non-classified climb is waiting to stir things up. The Côte des Cinq Châteux – 4.5 kilometres at 6% – peaks with almost 15 kilometres out. The route plunges down to the valley for a flat run-in of 7 kilometres to the line.
The 2009 Tour de France visited Colmar in the rain-swept 13th stage. Heinrich Haussler soloed to victory, more than 4 minutes ahead of Amets Txurruka and Brice Feillu.
Time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line of the 5th stage of the 2019 Tour de France.
Tour de France 2019 stage 5: Route map, height profiles, and more
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Profile 5th stage
Saint-Dié-des-Vosges and Colmar at Google maps
Presentation of the route