The most open Tour

The team to beat will be the Ineos of Thomas and Bernal, despite the loss of Froome. Movistar, with Nairo and Landa. There will be five high goals and 27.2 km of CRI.


The Tour of 2019 begins in Brussels as a tribute to Eddy Merckx and his first title in the French round, which is 50 years old. In this event, , the centenary of the creation of the yellow jersey is also celebrated. A memorable edition, for which the Royal Mint of Belgium has issued a special piece, with facial value of 2.5 euros, and Le Coq Sportif has produced 20 commemorative and exclusive sweaters.

La lucha by those yellows It is more open than ever. Absent for various injuries Chris Froome, quadruple winner and third in 2018, and Tom Dumoulin, second, only do riders who know what it is to win the Tour: Geraint Thomas, defending champion, and Vincenzo Nibali (2014) . Ineos, despite the drop of Froome, continues as the block to beat Thomas and Egan Bernal. In fact, the British team named for the first time a double captaincy, since it relies blindly on the Colombian sensation of 22 years. The Movistar will compete with another double leadership, which will fall to Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, who doubles after finishing fourth in the Giro. In 2017 the experience worked and finished a second of the third step of the drawer. The incombustible Alejandro Valverde has not stopped repeating that he will work for them.

The telephone squad (although the tricephalia did not carburize in 2018) and Ineos seem the strongest bets and able to control or move the race. A step below emerge Fuglsang and his Astana, the Mitchelton of the Yachts, the UAE of Aru and Dan Martin or the Trek of Porte and Mollema. The Bahrain, for Nibali, Education First, with Urán, and the French of Groupama, in favor of Pinot, and Ag2r, for Bardet, will entrust everything to their bosses. France has not conquered its Grande Boucle since 1985 (Bernard Hinault), and L'Équipe encouraged Pinot and Bardet with a cover: "Ahora o nunca". Enric Mas appears as a free spirit in the Deceuninck of Alaphilippe and Viviani. Second in the Vuelta of 2018, he debuted and must confirm expectations in three-week races. There will be 27.6 kilometers of chrono by teams and 27.2 individuals, seven ports over 2,000 meters and five goals in height (including the Tourmalet). A magnificent opportunity for climbers and brave.

Brussels, collapsed by works, traffic jams and the Grand Départ (the second after the one of 1958, motivated by the General Exhibition), will host the Tour for the 11th time in its history. The first stage, hunting territory for sprinters. Peter Sagan will take for the first time since the Vuelta a Suiza of 2011 (excluding Nationals and chronos) a jersey from his commercial home, Bora: "I'm anxious to break with Erik Zabel and get the record of seven greens". Of course, it will be measured with the elite of speed: Viviani, Groenewegen, Ewan, Kristoff, Matthews ... Let the show begin!

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