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Stage 19: Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole

A rolling stage for the sprinters will allow the GC riders to save their legs for the final test before Paris.


Stage date
Sep 18, 2020
Stage distance
160 KM
Stage terrain
Hilly

Start: 7:45 am EST

Est. Finish: 11:37 am EST


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Stage 19 preview

Course: One more course for the sprinters or breakaway riders, this stage goes north along France’s southeastern border with Switzerland through gorgeous subalpine countryside. It’s a hilly stage, with a category 4 climb coming 25km from the finish. But expect the sprint teams to rally for the push to the finish, with a fast and furious sprint.

Favorites: Peter Sagan, Alexander Kristoff, Sam Bennett, Caleb Ewan

Illustration of Jens Voigt
Illustration: Lucy Engelman

Jens Voigt’s take: Today the surviving sprinters from yesterday’s elimination race will earn their reward. Still, it’s no free ride, that’s for sure. And maybe, it’s the sprinter who managed to go through the Alps with the least amount of energy spent who takes the stage today. Often at this part of the Tour we see sprinters winning who could never win in the first week, with all the fast boys still in the race and everyone with fresh legs.