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2019 Tour de France route "Highest in History"

30 categorized climbs with five mountain finishes and only 54 km of time trialing touted as the “highest Tour in history”

Unveiled today in Paris, the parcours include three mountain-top finishes over 2,000 metres, with back-to-back Alpine stages traversing the iconic climbs of the Col d’Izoard, the Col du Galibier, and the 2,770m-high Col d’Iseran, the highest paved road in Europe.

The penultimate stage of the Tour, stage 20, could decide the overall winner, wilth a 33km climb up the 2,365m high Val Thorens. Amateur cyclists will be able to ride this stage ahead of the professionals in the Etape du Tour ("a stage of the tour"). The stage includes 60 km of climbing and descending.

“This is the highest Tour in history,” said the Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, as the race celebrates the 100th anniversary of the yellow jersey.

Chris Froome said "The number of high altitude finishes makes next year's Tour very difficult."

Just 54 km of time trialling, means the race is not entirely suited to the likes of Tom Dumoulin, who said he's "all in for the Tour next year".

The total race distance is 3460km, with the Grand Depart set for Brussels on Sat July 6 before the finish in Paris on Sun July 28.

“Holding the Grand Depart in Brussels is a wonderful way to honour the man who best represents the image of the yellow jersey, cycling’s greatest ever champion, Eddy Merckx,” Prudhomme said.

There are also seven supposedly flat stages that are best suited to the sprinters. “We are virtually guaranteed wind on one of those and confident there will be wind on a second one too,” said Prudhomme.

Five time winners Eddy Merckx, Bernhard Hinault and Miguel Indurain were all present in Paris for the route presentation.

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