From July 6 to 28, 2019 the Tour de France 2019, the most important cycling stage race in the World, will be run. The 2019 edition is highly anticipated by fans: it starts in Brussels and not in France and celebrates one hundred years of the Yellow Jersey. In order to improve the disappointing show of the last years, the organizers have decided to decrease the time trial kilometers and to increase the Grand Prix of the Mountain that will be thirty.
We will climb almost all the historical mountains of the French stage race: the Isoard, the Galibier, the Tourmalet and La Planche de Bes Filles. Just this last climb will be the first test to understand who are the favorites to win the 2019 Tour de France (the sixth stage from Mulhouse to La Planche de Bes Filles). In the list of favorites will not be Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin. The "white Kenyan" has already ended the season because of a fall during the reconnaissance of the time trial of the Giro del Dauphiné, while the Dutch cyclist is still paying the after-effects of the fall of the Giro d'Italia. Among the Italians, there is the return of Fabio Aru and the presence of Vincenzo Nibali who, after his second place in the 2019 Giro d'Italia, is looking for glory in France as well.
The 2019 Tour de France will be televised by Rai and Eurosport. The State TV has prepared a very rich schedule with programs designed specifically for the Grande Boucle. Eurosport, on the other hand, will broadcast the 21 stages live on its channels available on the satellite. For fans there is also the possibility to see the Tour de France 2019 live streaming for free on RaiPlay and Eurosport Player.
Tour de France 2019: the stages
Here are the 21 stages of the Tour de France 2019. It starts in Brussels and arrives in Paris, after tackling no less than 30 Grands Prix de la Montagne
1st stage: Saturday, July 6, 2019 Brussels-Brussels, 192 km
2nd stage: Sunday, July 7, 2019 Brussels-Brussels, 27 km (team time trial)
3rd stage: Monday, July 8, 2019 Binche-Epernay, 212 km
4th stage: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Reims-Nancy, 215 km
5th stage: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Saint Dié des Vosges-Colmar, 169 km
6th stage: Thursday, July 11, 2019 Mulhouse-La Planche des Bes Filles, 157 km
7th stage: Friday, July 12, 2019 Belfort-Chalon sur Saone, 230 km
8th stage: Saturday, July 13, 2019 Maçon-Saint Etienne, 199 km
9th stage: Sunday, July 14, 2019 Saint Etienne-Broude, 170 km
10th stage: Monday, July 15, 2019 Saint Flour-Albi, 218 km
11th stage: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Albi-Toulouse, 167 km
12th stage: giovedì 18 luglio 2019 Toulouse-Bagneres de Bigorre, 202 km
13a tappa: venerdì 19 luglio 2019 Pau-Pau, 27 km (cronometro individuale)
14a tappa: sabato 20 luglio 2019 Tarbes-Tourmalet, 117 km
15a tappa: domenica 21 luglio 2019 Limoux-Foix, 185 km
16a tappa: martedì 23 luglio 2019 Nimes-Nimes, 177 km
17a tappa: mercoledì 24 luglio 2019 Pont du Gard-Gap, 206 km
18a tappa: giovedì 25 luglio 2019 Embrun-Valloire, 207 km
19a tappa: venerdì 26 luglio 2019 Saint Jean de Maurienne-Tignes, 123 km
20a tappa: sabato 27 luglio 2019 Albertville-Val Thorens, 131 km
21a tappa: domenica 28 luglio 2019 Rambouillet-Parigi, 127 km
Tour de France 2019: le squadre
Sono 22 le squadre che partecipano la Tour de France 2019: ogni team può schierare otto corridori.
- Team INEOS
- BORA – hansgrohe
- Deceuninck – Quick Step
- AG2R La Mondiale
- Bahrain Merida
- Groupama – FDJ
- Movistar Team
- Astana Pro Team
- Team Jumbo-Visma
- EF Education First
- CCC Team
- UAE-Team Emirates
- Trek – Segafredo
- Team Sunweb
- Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
- Lotto Soudal
- Team Total Direct Energie
- Team Katusha Alpecin
- Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team
- Team Dimension Data
- Team Arkéa Samsic
I favoriti del Tour de France 2019
Due dei favoriti alla vigilia non ci saranno. Froome e Dumoulin hanno dovuto alzato bandiera bianca a causa di due cadute che hanno bloccato la loro preparazione per il Tour de France (il campione inglese ha già finito la stagione). Even without the Ineos and Sunweb rider, the starting list for the 2019 Tour de France is very interesting.
There is last year's Grande Boucle winner Geraint Thomas, supported by teammate Bernal, who showed enviable condition in the races leading up to the 2019 Tour de France. The many climbs and the few time trial kilometers could favor just the Colombian cyclist. Also from Colombia comes another of the favorites to win the 2019 Tour de France: Nairo Quintana. Attention also to Fuglsang, given in great shape, and Adam Yates.
And the Italians? They are not among the favorites of the eve. There's Vincenzo Nibali, back from second place in the Giro d'Italia, who starts without too many ranking ambitions. Fabio Aru returns to a grand tour after the operation suffered during the winter that has precluded his participation in the Giro d'Italia. The Sardinian cyclist will test his form and understand during the race if he can aspire to a leading role. There is also Elia Viviani who will try to win some stages and snatch the points jersey from Sagan.
Tour de France 2019: stage schedule
The stage schedule of the Tour de France 2019 changes from day to day and depends on the length and difficulty of the route. Usually the departure is scheduled between 12:00 and 13:00, while the arrival is set between 16:00 and 17:30.
All 21 stages of the 2019 Tour de France will be broadcast live on TV in Italy by Rai and Eurosport.
Where to see the 2019 Tour de France on TV in clear on RAI
For the 2019 Tour de France, Rai has put in place a large deployment of forces. For the 2019 Grande Boucle the State TV, in addition to the live broadcast of the race, has prepared three ad hoc programs: the Anteprima Tour, Tour Replay (a sort of Process to the stage) and then Tour di Sera with the highlights of the day's stage. Live coverage of the race will be broadcast from 2 pm on Rai 2, as will Tour Replay (which starts at the end of each stage). The other two programs, however, will be a RaiSport+ HD exclusive. So, to watch the Tour de France 2019 free to air on TV you need to connect to Rai 2 and RaiSport+ HD.
Where to watch the Tour de France 2019 on TV on Eurosport
Cycling is one of the top sports on Eurosport's schedule. And as has been the case for several years now, the channel on Sky's satellite will broadcast the 2019 Tour de France live on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2. To be able to see the Grande Boucle on Eurosport is necessary to have a subscription to the Sports package of Sky. The commentary is entrusted to the duo Luca Gregorio and Riccardo Magrini.
How to follow the Tour de France 2019 live streaming for free on RaiPlay
Cycling fans will be able to watch the Tour de France 2019 free streaming on RaiPlay, the on-demand platform of Tv di Stato. To access RaiPlay you don't have to pay any subscription, but only subscribe to the service for free and use one of the supported devices (smartphone, tablet and computer). The RaiPlay application is available on the Google Play Store and App Store.
To watch free streaming of the Tour de France 2019 you have to launch RaiPlay, enter your credentials and press on Dirette. A page will open with all the Rai channels available in streaming and clicking on the banner of Rai 2 or RaiSport+ HD will start streaming the 2019 Grande Boucle. The commentary of the Tour de France 2019 is entrusted to the voices of Francesco Pancani and Alessandro Ballan.
How to watch streaming the Tour de France 2019 on Eurosport Player
The television station dedicated to sport also has an on demand service (Eurosport Player) where you can follow in streaming all the most important events. To watch the Tour de France live streaming on Eurosport Player you need to be a subscriber to the platform (monthly or yearly) and use one of the supported devices (smartphones, tablets and computers).
To stream the Tour de France 2019 you need to launch Eurosport Player, login and click on the "All Sports" item. A pop-up menu will open from which you have to choose "cycling". A new page will open with all the races available on Eurosport Player and clicking on the banner dedicated to the Grande Boucle will start streaming the 2019 Tour de France.