The final week of the 2019 Tour de France means Alps mountains and the traditional exciting end to the world's greatest sporting event on the boulevards of Paris.
Monday, July 22nd : Meetings point at Marseille International Airport, Avignon TGV-station or at our hotel in Avignon.
- Go4Cycling provides flexible meetings points to match your travel itinerary:
- 11 am: Marseille International Airport and transfer to our hotel in Avignon.
- 2 pm: Avignon TGV-train station and transfer to our hotel in Avignon.
- 3 pm: In case you arrive ealier in France you can book an extra night at our hotel in Avignon and meet us at the lobby (hotel details can be requested by email).
- After the check-in we will start with the fitting of our world-class rental bikes (BMC). For those bringing their own bikes, our staff will help to assist with assembling your bike.
- Later in the afternoon we will have a short bike ride (bike fitting) in the region.
- Welcome dinner included: The itinerary and the program for the following days will be explained.
- We will spend the next 2 nights near Avignon (Department Vaucluse).
Tuesday, July 23rd: Stage 16 Tour de France "Nîmes - Nîmes"
- The day’s TDF-loop will be entirely taking place in the departement of Gard and the peloton will have the very special privilege of riding on the Pont du Gard. The escapees that will show up on the famous Roman viaduct should be under the careful scrutiny of the bunch. A bunched sprint in Nîmes is likely.
- After breakfast we check out and we will make a loop ride while we intercept the course of today. Here we will watch the race along the Tour de France route.
Wednesday, July 24th: Stage 17 Tour de France "Pont du Gard – Gap"
- Today we will transfer from Department Vaucluse into the "Hautes Alpes" department. First we will see the riders at the start of todays stage in Pont du Gard.
- After the start we will drive to Bourg d'Oissans. After a warm-up on the straight roads of the Oisans valley, we will reach the foot of the famous ascent of Alpe d'Huez.
- Alpe d'Huez and the 21 hairpin turns remain the most challenging and well known stage of the Tour de France. Each of the 21 turns are marked to help cyclists count-down the 9 miles, and 3,670ft of elevation difference, with an average slope of 7.9 %.
- Alpe d'Huez will be our home base for the next 3 nights.
Thursday, July 25th: Stage 18 Tour de France "Embrun – Valloire"
- The TDF climbers will have an opportunity to express their talent in the high mountains of this first big Alpine stage where they’ll be above 2000 metres in altitude in three different locations… which is extremely rare on a stage for the Tour de France. For the occasion, the day will include climbs up Vars, the Izoard and the Galibier!
- We will leave our hotel by bike and climb to the top of Col du Lautaret where we will intercept the course. Once the riders passed our viewing location we will ride back to Bourg d'Oisans with our bikes.
- Those who want can climb for the 2nd time Alpe d'Huez and try to improve their previous time.
Friday, July 26th: Stage 19 Tour de France "Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes"
- Stage 19 to Tignes is again a short one at 123km but includes the 2770m high Col d’Iseran - 12.9km at 7.5 per cent - which is the highest pass in Europe. The lack of oxygen will make it feel far steeper and test the overall contenders before the descent down the Val d’Isère. The Tour de France has climbed the Col d’Iseran seven times but this will be only the second time via the harder south side. The stage finish is above Tignes, with a final 7.4km climb at 7 per cent, again over the 2000m mark.
- We will drive to the start in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Once the race is off we will start our challenge ride to the top of Col du Galibier (2642m). Before even starting Galibier, it’s necessary to climb the Col du Telegraph – and ascent of almost (840 metres). This is a category 1 climb (the second hardest rating) and averaging 7% for 12 kms. After Telegraph there is a 5 km descent into the ski resort of Valloire. From Valloire to climb to the top of Galibier is about 18km.
Saturday, July 27th: Stage 20 Tour de France "Albertville – Val Thorens"
- After breakfast we will check out and drive to the top of Col du Glandon. From here we will descent to La Chambre and start to climb the mythical Col de la Madeleine for about 19km.
- Relentless is probably the most accurate word, which must be used to describe this climb. The gradient never gives the legs a break as even the ‘easy’ sections are around 6% and the tougher ones over 10%. After the decent we will intercept the race route and watch the race at the Côte de Longefoy.
- The Côte de Longefoy is climbed for the first time in the history of the Tour de France and the technical descent towards Moutiers will be as equally as testing.
- After the race has passed, we will load our minibus and drive to Lyon where we will spend the night.
Sunday, July 28th: Stage 21 Tour de France "Finish Paris (Champs-Élysées)"
- After breakfast we assist you and take the TGV from Lyon to Paris.
- The traditional final laps around the Arc de Triomphe--the last act of the 2019 Tour de France-- will be quite prestigious. Riders and watching fans will have the chance to discover new areas of the capital as they rocket past. The question is whether the new route will impede the plans of sprinters for a final shot at glory on the Champs!
- Farewell diner included and we will spend 1 night at our hotel in Paris.
Monday, July 29th: Goodbye from Go4Cycling - Transfer to Paris TGV train station or international airport (CDG)
- Our Tour-trip concludes after breakfast. We will assist you with connections to the TGV train station or the Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) in Paris
- Then it is “Au Revoir” from Go4Cycling until the next time!
Please contact us if you would require more riding details or to discuss any other airport pick up or drop off that would be more suitable to your flight connections and travel plans.
Spectators (non-cyclists) will be able to follow the same itinerary. Our luxury minibus follows during all rides. We provide 5% discount for non-cyclists : contact us !
Go4Cycling is all about flexibility:
Contact us to combine Tour de France packages or start your tour on a date that suits your travel and holiday plans. This gives you fabulous flexibility to get the cheapest flights, start the day you fly in or perhaps tag a city break onto the start of end of your tour.
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