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Tour de France 2019 route revealed

The organisers of the Tour de France are promising that the route of the 2019 race will be “the highest Tour in history." Credit: PA

The organisers of the Tour de France are promising that the route of the 2019 race will be “the highest Tour in history."

The 2019 Tour de France will feature 30 categorised climbs, in what is set to be a gruelling contest for the yellow jersey, with five mountain finishes and only 54km of time trialling.

The highest paved road in Europe, the 2770m-high Col d’Iseran will be the scene for one of the three back-to-back Alpine stages, as well as Col d’Izoard and Col du Galibier. Three of the mountain top finishes are set to be over 2000m.

The 2365m high Val Thorens will play host to stage 20 of the race which could decide the overall Yellow Jersey winner.

The 2019 edition of the Tour de France is also set to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the yellow jersey.

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