Tour de France celebrates century of yellow jerseys

Tour de France celebrates century of yellow jerseys

Tour de France celebrates century of yellow jerseys

The route could put off specialists against the clock like Tom Dumoulin, last year's popular runner-up, who had said earlier this month that he was targeting the 2019 edition of the race but would reserve judgement until the parcours was revealed.

"I still don't know exactly how my season's looking but for sure, I'd love to go back", he said.

"There are five summit finishes and with three of the stages going over 2000 meters, well that just changes the whole dynamic of the Tour", added Froome.

Merckx holds the record for most Tour wins with Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain with the latter two also present in Paris on Thursday.

The thin air could have a huge impact on the race and Froome says that altitude training will be as important as ever for next year's race.

Thomas said he was not yet sure of his race programme for 2019, but added that if he was on the start line on July 6, he would be there to win.

"This is the highest Tour in history", Mr. Prudhomme said, in reference to the record number of climbs.

"Froome remains an iconic leader for Sky, and Thomas has found his Holy Grail'".

A visit to Prat d'Albis follows before the Alps come into view, with the yellow jersey to be decided on some tough climbs beginning on stage 18. "That's an extra kilometer at an average gradient of 9.5%". The race next year - a one-day, 120km event - will not show off women's cycling in the spectacular theatre of the Champs-Élysées either, preferring a circuit race on the hilly route of the men's time-trial course around Pau.

July 20 - Stage 14: Tarbes - Tourmalet The Tourmalet is the mountain most visited by the Tour de France and first featured in 1910. The final ascent to the summit finish is 19km long at an average of 7.4 percent and was the scene of a classic struggle in the fog in 2010 where Andy Schleck just edged Alberto Contador.

July 26 - stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Tignes The peloton passes over the summit of the Col de L'Iseran, whose summit sits at an impressive 2770m altitude, at the 85km mark with 13km of climbing before a descent into a steep valley.

The victor will likely be decided by the end of stage 20 on the final 33.4km climb up to Val Thorens, before the 106th Tour culminates in its usual grand finale on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on July 28, setting off from Rambouillet.

But they made their intentions even more clear as Tour director Christian Prudhomme ended his presentation by calling on watching UCI president David Lappartient to ban power metres - which enable riders to measure their efforts so they do not always respond to rivals' attacks.

After the tired peloton is flown toward Paris, the race ends the next day with its processional showcase stage on the Champs-Elysees.

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