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2019 Event: The Tour de France cycling race in the Vosges Mountains

The Tour de France climbs to new heights! Change gears in the Vosges Mountains

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100 Years of the yellow jersey

 

The 2019 Tour de France will take place from 6 to 28 July 2019. The race begins with the Grand Départ in Brussels, paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx's first win.

The Vosges Mountains and Alsace will be in the spotlight on 10 and 11 July 2019. The fifth stage, from Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar, passes through Schirmeck, the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, Kaysersberg and the Five Castles Road. The sixth stage, from Mulhouse to the ski resort of La Planche des Belles Filles, passes through the peaks of Le Markstein, Le Grand Ballon and Le Ballon d'Alsace as well as the Col de Chevrères mountain pass.

This 106th edition will focus on mountain stages, including five high-altitude finish lines, and will also celebrate 100 years of the yellow jersey. The iconic "maillot jaune" of the Tour de France has been worn by 266 cyclists since its first appearance in 1919. It's "the most important jersey in cycling" according to Eddy Merckx, four-time winner of the Tour and a cycling legend.

Enjoy an unforgettable and festive experience in the Vosges Mountains between Nancy and Belfort!

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STAGE 5: SAINT-DIÉ-DES-VOSGES > COLMAR


Profile of stage 5 of the 2019 Tour de France: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges > Colmar

10 July 2019 - 169 km

 

Remark from Christian Prudhomme (Director of the Tour de France)

Visitors and television viewers can admire Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle and the magnificent Alsacian villages on this itinerary through the Vosges. As for the cyclists, they’ll be focused on the first real climbs of the Tour through medium-altitude mountains, including the slope of Les Trois-Épis. A terrain well-suited to breakaway specialists.

 

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Saint-Dié-des-Vosges

Welcoming the Tour for the first time is the birthplace of Jules Ferry, the founder of secular and mandatory schooling under his version of the French Third Republic. Saint-Dié-des-Vosges is also known for its international geography festival, bringing together researchers, academics, teachers and lovers of the subject every year since 1990. The town's dedication to geography originated in 1507 with the first use of the word America by members of the Gymnasium Vosagense, including Martin Waldseemüller, a German monk and cartographer who created the first known map of the New World.

More: www.saint-die.eu - www.vosges-portes-alsace.fr

Pont de la République- inauguration de la ligne de départ du Tour de France © Ville de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges
Pont de la République- inauguration de la ligne de départ du Tour de France © Ville de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges

Colmar

The capital of Haut-Rhin is the birthplace of Auguste Bartholdi, the man who gave a face to American democracy with his design of the Statue of Liberty. In terms of sports, the city is renowned for the famous Paris-Colmar racewalking event and the valiant walkers that finish the race, now called the Paris-Ribeauvillé. In the 2009 Tour de France, Heinrich Haussler launched a solo breakaway under the pouring rain to win the Colmar stage.

More: www.colmar.fr www.agglo-colmar.fr - tourisme-colmar.com
 

 

Petite Venise, Colmar © GettyImages
Petite Venise, Colmar © GettyImages
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The Tour in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges: Upcoming events

Sport event Défi du Tour: 12 May 2019

More : www.vosges-portes-alsace.fr

Fête du Tour et des mobilités - 8 juin 2019

Journée de mise en valeur des mobilités actives.

Au programme :

- Des circuits découvertes cyclotouristes (départ toutes les heures à partir de 10h),
- Des circuits VTT  dans le massif du Kemberg
- 3 Circuits VTT à Assistance Electrique dans le massif du Kemberg
- Une déambulation festive à 17h
- Un parcours d’initiations.

Plus d'infos : www.vosges-portes-alsace.fr

 

 

The Tour in Colmar: Upcoming events

 

For the 100th anniversary of the yellow jersey, Colmar’s town hall will be illuminated in yellow every day at nightfall until Wednesday 10 July 2019, the day of the arrival of the Tour.


Events for schoolchildren
10 May 2019


Omnium on the track of Ladhof Velodrome
BMX demonstration at Orangerie Stadium
June 2019


Environment Day, Bike Festival, Operation "Bike to Work"
June 2019

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Stage 6: MULHOUSE > LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES

 

Profile of stage 6 of the 2019 Tour de France: Mulhouse > La Planche des Belles Filles

11 July 2019 - 157 km - Mountain

 

Remark from Christian Prudhomme (Director of the Tour de France)

The favourites of the Tour never miss the climb to La Planche des Belles Filles. This time, the riders face an even tougher finish (1 km longer, with two additional steep climbs), after a demanding series of ascents including the climbs to the Markstein, the Ballon d’Alsace and the Col des Chevrères mountain pass. A comprehensive stage with a heavy finish.

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Mulhouse

Of the fourteen stages that have finished in the town of Mulhouse, three of the winners went on to win the Tour: Nicolas Frantz during the first visit in 1925, Bernard Hinault for a time trial in 1981 and Laurent Fignon in 1992. The 2014 Tour, the last time a stage finished in the town, showed off the talents of Tony Martin, with a 60-km solo breakaway after passing the last rider of the breakaway group during the climb to the Markstein.

More: www.mulhouse.fr - www.tourisme-mulhouse.com

Hôtel de Ville - Mulhouse - (c) Getty image/istockphoto
Hôtel de Ville - Mulhouse - (c) Getty image/istockphoto

La Planche des Belles Filles

The ski resort of the Vosges made a resounding entry in 2012 among the arrival cities, with the final slope reserved for the best climbers. That day, Christopher Froome led the show and won his first stage of the Tour. Two years later, Vincenzo Nibali won the stage as the Italian National Champion, as did Fabio Aru in 2017.

More: www.haute-saone.fr - www.stationdelaplanche.fr - www.destination70.com

 

Sculpture de Jacques Pissenem - La planche des Belles Filles © K. Altmeyer
Sculpture de Jacques Pissenem - La planche des Belles Filles © K. Altmeyer
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BE CAREFUL ALONG THE ROAD! FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF THE CYCLISTS

 

Every day during the Tour, the Caravan of sponsors paves the way for the cyclists, arriving about 1 hour before the riders.

The vehicles drive slowly (20 km/h) but there are still many risks, including children who may be tempted to pick up promotional items that have fallen on the road or who might get too close to the passing cars - the face of a child is often at the height of side view mirrors!


Do not cross the route of the Tour de France, the caravan passes out items on both sides of the road.


It's a festive atmosphere, but stay alert.

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RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT


Rubbish left behind degrades the beauty and the fragility of the landscapes and can be harmful to animals and to the entire environment.


Spectators: please think of the environment and put your rubbish in a bin.

More: www.letour.fr/fr/autour-du-developpement-durable

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environnement © Pixabay
environnement © Pixabay
environnement © Pixabay
environnement © Pixabay
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