Stage 19 from Bougoin-Jallieu to Aubenas could well see a breakaway or lone attacker succeed as the GC leaders will save their energy for tomorrow's hardest day on the Mont Ventoux, and the sprinter teams may be too tired to reel anyone back in on the 178 kilometre course. The Tour de France is almost over as the bunch will wind its way southwards through the Rhône valley. With a little back wind, this is a perfect chance for anyone still fresh to get some precious TV time and possibly a stuffed toy lion on a podium in Aubenas.
- Race Home
- Stage 115.5km Monaco - Monaco (ITT)
- Stage 2187km Monaco - Brignoles
- Stage 3196.5km Marseille - La Grande-Motte
- Stage 439km Montpellier - Montpellier (TTT)
- Stage 5196.5km Le Cap d'Agde - Perpignan
- Stage 6181.5km Gérone - Barcelone
- Stage 7224km Barcelone - Andorre Arcalis
- Stage 8176.5km Andorre-la-Vieille - Saint-Girons
- Stage 9160.5km Saint-Gaudens - Tarbes
- Rest dayLimoges
- Stage 10194.5km Limoges - Issoudun
- Stage 11192km Vatan - Saint-Fargeau
- Stage 12211.5km Tonnerre - Vittel
- Stage 13200km Vittel - Colmar
- Stage 14199km Colmar - Besançon
- Stage 15207.5km Pontarlier - Verbier
- Rest dayVerbier
- Stage 16159km Martigny - Bourg-Saint-Maurice
- Stage 17169.5km Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Le Grand-Bornand
- Stage 1840.5km Annecy - Annecy (ITT)
- Stage 19178km Bourgoin-Jallieu - Aubenas
- Stage 20167km Montélimar - Mont Ventoux
- Stage 21164km Montereau-Fault-Yonne - Paris Champs-Élysées
- Race history
Don’t forget about this toughie…. Everyone will have their minds focused on the next day’s Mont Ventoux, leaving this stage pretty open.
It’s hard to predict the tactics this far away, but whoever wins on this day will have to be tough and well-recovered. It’s a stage for maybe Sylvain Chavanel or David Moncoutie ?
It’s also a day where a weary or sick GC rider can collapse.