You'll want to stay awake for these stages during the Tour de France

With the Giro completed, attention turns to the grandest of Grand Tours, the Tour De France. 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx’s first Tour victory (he won five) and marks 100 years since the introduction of the yellow jersey.
Whilst ‘Le Tour’ is enthralling in all its stages, for us Victorians it can spell late nights, that’s why RACV has put together the four stages you should be looking forward to the most.

1. Stage 6 - July 11 - Mulhouse to La Planche Des Belles Filles - 157km

Four categorised climbs greet the riders, in the first mountainous stage of this years tour. Stage 6 will ensure those not well prepared will be distanced and those looking for overall glory are well positioned but not noticed during the stage. The final climb to La Planche Des Belles Filles is ‘just’ 10km but features +20% in the final stretches to the line.

2. Stage 13 - July 19 - Pau to Pau - 27km individual time trial

A 27km, predominantly uphill individual time trial, capped by a downhill finish back into Pau – strong TT-ers who have yellow jersey hopes will be under pressure to perform, given this is the last time trial in the 2019 Tour.

3. Stage 14 - July 20 - Tarbes to Tourmalet

Sitting at over 2100m, ‘The Tourmalet’ has been the site of some incredible battles over the history of the tour. This 117km stage (2019’s shortest) also passes over the Col du Soulor before descending for the final time, in preparation for the 19km climb.

4. Stage 20 - July 27 - Albertville to Val Thorens

Will the tour be decided in the final day of ‘racing’? Given the precession that is stage the final day, Stage 20 gives riders the challenge of three climbs, the final is 33km, finishing at the famous Val Thorens ski resort, above 2,000 metres. The absence of a final time-trial is sure to suit a number of GC contenders.