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Countdown to the Tour de France 2019 in Val d'Isere

Stage 19 passes through Val d'Isere on July 26th 2019

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Next Friday, July 26th, the 19th stage of the 2019 Tour de France will take place in the Alps. Starting in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, the route goes through the Col de l'Iseran and Val d'Isère before finishing in Tignes.

The very much anticipated Alpine stage takes place two days before the final stretch of the Tour, which will see cyclists ride through the Parisian Champs Elysées on Sunday 28th. This stage includes the highest summit of the 2019 edition of the Tour de France, the Col de l'Iseran at 2770m, after a gruelling climb of almost 13km at a steepness of 7.5%.

On their way to Tignes, the peloton will go through a few other challenging cols, including the Category 3 Cote de Saint-Andre (1165m) and legendary Col de la Madeleine (1746m), and the Category 2 Montée d'Aussois (1467m). The final push, after the Col de l'Iseran, involves a challenging 7.4km at an average steepness of 7% from Tignes les Brevieres to Tignes Val Claret, after going through Val d'Isere.


Roads will be closed en route from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes, some of them shutting at 20:00 on Thursday 25th and others closing two hours before the peloton arrives. You can find all the information on the Savoie Route website (in French).

The bus connecting Lavachet, Le Lac and Val Claret won't be in operation, while the Tignes 1800-Le Lac line will run from 08:00-11:00 and 20:00-22:00. The bike park will be partially open, with tracks leading to Tignes 18000 and Les Brevieres shut for the day, as well as the Tarte a Lognan piste. The glacier will be open to pedestrians but it will close at 11:30 for skiers.

The watersports centre will be open but the Cantona and Ganthie stadiums, as well as the Val Claret pump track and the basketball field by the Lanches drag lift will be shut. The golf course will open from 08:00 to 12:00 and the horse riding centre from 14:00.

Where to watch

The arrival in Tignes is scheduled to take place between 17:15 and 17:45, passing through Val d'Isere at around 16:45-17:10. There will be a giant screen in the centre of Tignes Le Lac showing the race. A snack bar with drinks will be available, as well as a souvenir shop at the Maison de Tignes. The Tignes tourist office has released a brochure with lots of information which is available online.

In Val d'Isere, there will be no car access through the Col de l'Iseran but you can take the Fornet cable car and the Vallon de l'Iseran gondola to watch the race – they'll both be open for free from 09:30-13:00 and 14:30-19:30. There will also be a giant screen in the centre of resort.