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Tour de France 2013

Date range:
June 29 - July 21, 2013
  • Tour de France, France
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      213km
      Start location:
      Porto-Vecchio
      End location:
      Bastia
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Bastia
      End location:
      Ajaccio
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Ajaccio
      End location:
      Calvi
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      25km
      Location
      Nice (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      228.5km
      Start location:
      Cagnes-sur-mer
      End location:
      Marseille
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      176.5km
      Start location:
      Aix-en-Provence
      End location:
      Montpellier
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      205.5km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Albi
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      195km
      Start location:
      Castres
      End location:
      Ax 3 Domaines
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      168.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Girons
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Bigorre
    • Rest day 1

      Location
      Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      St-Gildas-des-Bois
      End location:
      Saint Malo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      33km
      Start location:
      Avranches
      End location:
      Mont-Saint-Michel (ITT)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      218km
      Start location:
      Fougères
      End location:
      Tours
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Tours
      End location:
      Saint-Amand-Montrond
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
      End location:
      Lyon
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      242.5km
      Start location:
      Givors
      End location:
      Mont Ventoux
    • Rest day 2

      Location
      Vaucluse province (Avignon, Orange)
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      168km
      Start location:
      Vaison-la-Romaine
      End location:
      Gap
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      32km
      Start location:
      Embrun
      End location:
      Chorges (ITT)
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      172.5km
      Start location:
      Gap
      End location:
      l'Alpe d'Huez
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      204.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg d'Oisans
      End location:
      Le Grand Bornand
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      125km
      Start location:
      Annecy
      End location:
      Annecy-Semnoz
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      133.5km
      Start location:
      Versailles
      End location:
      Paris - Champs-Elysées
  • Race history

July 19, Stage 19: Bourg d'Oisans - Le Grand Bornand 204.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 29, 2013, 5:27 BST,
Updated:
June 18, 2013, 2:59 BST

Bourg d'Oisans - Le Grand Bornand 204.5 km

A chance for a GC reshuffle?

This stage could be viewed as a transition between two great setpieces. There are five passes on the menu and they ensure that whoever wins today will have to work extremely hard for it. The road climbs almost from the off. A group of hopefuls are sure to try their luck on the Glandon, which leads almost immediately onto the Madeleine, which averages almost eight per cent for 20km. These climbs may not trouble anyone at the top of the classification because they come so early on what is a long day in the mountains but the toll they take will become evident later on.

The Tamié is followed by the tougher ascent of the Col de l'Épine, which leads into a harder test in the shape of the Croix Fry. The day's parcours could see the yellow jersey group disintegrate if the pure climbers have the legs and desire to push hard. If any of the leaders do end up with a significant gap crossing the Croix Fry, their reward is a wonderfully fast descent into Le Grand-Bornand.

Barry Hoban: "Vincenzo Nibali can take advantage of difficult mountain stages that end with a sharp descent. The run into Le Grand Bornand is that technical but if the Italian does start the Tour after his great performance at the Giro this is one of the days when he'll have to be watched."

Local history

It was obvious throughout the 2009 Tour that the Astana riders weren't happy, but never more so than on the stage into Le Grand-Bornand. Race leader Alberto Contador put his teammate Andreas Klöden in trouble with an attack on the final climb and went away with the Schleck brothers. Cue moralising by Lance Armstrong…

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Tour de France 2013: Stage 19 map

 

Tour de France 2013: Stage 19 profile