The Must-Watch Mountain Stages of the 2019 Tour de France

s8alaphilippe.jpg

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Mountains add an element of unknown into grand tours. The sheer volume of vertical meters riders must climb over the course of three weeks pushes the GC contenders to the very edge, if not beyond what their bodies are capable of. The weather in the high mountains can also play a big hand in shaping a race's outcome.

Watch The 2019 and 2020 Tour De France Live and On Demand on FloBikes!

The mountains stages of the 2019 Tour de France were as unpredictable and as dramatic as any grand tour in recent memory. From unscripted tactics to flash floods and hail storms, the 2019 Tour had it all.

These are the must-watch mountain stages of the 2019 Tour de France.

Stage 6 – Mulhouse to La Planches des Belles Filles

La Planches des Belles Filles is well on its way to becoming an iconic mountain in the Tour. Stage six was the first summit finish of 2019 and was stolen by the breakaway duo of Dylan Teunes and Giulio Ciccone. Ciccone’s second place ride took the jersey off Alaphilippes back, but that would prove to be short lived.

The final kilometers featured gravel surfaces and steep slopes on which Alaphilippe and Geraint Thomas battled in a gritty finale. 

La Planches des Belles Filles was such a success that the Tour organizers decided to bring it back as the grounds for the individual time trial in the 2020 Tour de France.


Stage 8 – Mâcon to Saint-Étienne

Stage eight was a mid mountain stage with seven categorized climbs, but none greater than a category two. 

It was a relatively safe stage for the general classification contenders but two Frenchmen seized an opportunity in the technical and undulating terrain.

Julian Alaphilippe put on display his tenacity and guile, slipping away from the peloton with Thibaut Pinot and gained 20 seconds at the line. 

The entire field was outfoxed by Thomas de Gendt, who stole the show in a way only he knows how to do, while Alaphilippe's heroics allowed him to reclaim the jersey from Giulio Ciccone.


Stage 14 – Tarbes to Col du Tourmalet

The Col du Tourmalet is one of the most iconic climbs in cycling. It has been climbed close to 90 times in the Tour de France, but has only featured as the final climb three times.

In 2019 Thibaut Pinot etched his name into cycling history as he raised his hands on the summit. 

Viewers can feel the energy on the mountain as the Frenchman climbs through the massive crowds to the finish. 

Stage 14 is everything we love about the Tour de France.


Stage 18 – Embrun to Valloire

Stage 18 was not a summit finish, but it finished another iconic climb of the Tour de France. Riders crested the 23 kilometer long Col du Galibier, then plunged down the other side, where they finished 20 kilometers later in Valloire.

All the pressure fell on Team Ineos during stage 18. It was the first of the final three mountain days in the Tour and taking the yellow jersey away from Alaphilippe was proving harder than anyone had bargained for.

Stage 18 featured a redemptive ride by Nairo Quintana and desperately fast climbing by Ineos.


Stage 19 – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes

Stage 19 was intended to be a short and explosive 127 kilometer dash to Tignes where the peloton would finish atop the category one Monteé de Tignes. 

En route, Team Ineos traded blows against Julian Alaphilippe up the penultimate climb of the Col de l’Iseran, which allowed Egan Bernal to escape solo over the top. Alaphilippe cracked and tried to limit his losses up the climb, hoping to chase back to a group on the descent, but as riders dropped of l’Iseran they were stopped by the race officials.

Unbeknownst to the riders, a hail storm had swept through the valley, flooding the course. The road conditions ahead were hopeless and the organizers were forced to call off the race.

Time was taken at the top of the final climb. Riders donned jackets and were shepherd into team cars as they began to process what this meant for their race.

Foul weather would play its part again in stage 20, resulting in another shortened race. The climb up Col de l’Iseran ultimately decided the general classification in the 2019 Tour de France and for better or for worse was one of the most dramatic and consequential races of the decade.

Preview: Overijse World Cup Provides Final Battleground Before Worlds

BrandOverijse.jpg

The fifth and final round of the 2020 - 2021 UCI Cyclocross World Cup will descend upon the rutted and rooted slopes of Overijse this Sunday January 24th. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

How to Watch: ACL's DMCU Track Classic at the Lexus Velodrome

FloBikes-Overlay

Here's how to watch the ACL's DMCU Track Classic at the Lexus Velodrome on FloBikes.

Perennial French Hope Pinot Misses Tour To Focus On Giro

Pro Cycling's Best Kits: AG2R & Canyon-SRAM

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Thibaut Pinot, for so long one of the great hopes of French fans, said on Tuesday he will skip the Tour de France this year to focus on the Giro d'Italia.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Tadej Pogacar Brushes Off Tour de France Skeptics Ahead Of 2021 Season

Pogacar To MVDP, 7 Dramatic Moments From 2020

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar played down his sensational time-trial performance that clinched him last year's title, describing it Monday as nothing out of the ordinary.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Froome 'Not Finished Yet' In Search For Fifth Tour Title

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

A defiant Chris Froome declared he was "not finished yet" on Monday as his new cycling team Israel Start Up Nation held a press conference ahead of a season in which the Briton is targeting a fifth Tour de France.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Bora Hansgrohe Riders Sustain Serious Injuries After Collision With Car

bora-tdf-echelon.jpg

Dutch cyclist Wilco Kelderman appears to be the worst hit after seven cyclists from the German Bora - Hansgrohe team were knocked down by a motorist during a training ride.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Austrian Doctor Receives Four-Year Sentence In Doping Trial

Aderlass Denifl

Senior figures in German sport on Friday welcomed the prison sentence handed to the doctor at the centre of the "Aderlass" international blood-doping trial in Munich after the first major test of Germany's anti-doping laws.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Froome's Israel Start-Up Nation Debut Off Due To Coronavirus

Ewan's 2021 Aim: Wins In All 3 Grand Tours

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome's debut for his new Israel Start-Up Nation team has been put on hold after organizers announced on Monday they had called off the Vuelta a San Juan due to the Coronavirus.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

USA Cycling Announces Cyclocross World Championships Roster

Honsinger On Namur, Covid & Dream Pets

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

USA Cycling announced on Monday the athletes who will represent the United States at the 2021 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships that will take place in Ostend, Belgium on January 30-31, 2021.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Tokyo Shines Bright For Cycling In 2021 But Tour de France Still Glitters

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

A Mount Fuji showdown adds a glint of Olympic gold to a 2021 cycling season in which Tadej Pogacar must expect a ferocious counter-attack from the big guns targeting the main prize, his Tour de France title.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In