2019: “From Aquitaine to Alps, a concentration of mountains”
24 December 2018
On a new trajectory.
The Tour de l’Avenir, which will take place from 15 to 25 August 2019, remains faithful to its vocation as a major conservatory of world cycling and a springboard to the professional world, particularly the Tour de France, of which it is the breeding ground. On the other hand, the 56th edition modifies its trajectory with a Grand départ from Marmande (Lot-et-Garonne), after these last two years when the route ran a transversal from Brittany to the Alps. This time, it is from the New Aquitaine region that the best hopes under twenty-three years old will take off, but Savoie remains the final destination, for the last four stages which submit the group of young people to the mountain’s revealer.
This new inclination of the course only enhances the mountainous nature of the event, since the link from the South-West to the Alps will be made via the Massif Central, with a stage from Aveyron to Haute-Loire which will alone offer about three thousand metres of altitude difference!
Throughout the ten stages, with the return of a rest day, all categories of riders – punchers, scouts, sprinters, rollers – will nevertheless find plenty of room to express themselves, starting with a hilly stage around Marmande, followed by a team time trial in the Dordogne, and further on, a stopover in Privas in a transition stage between the Massif Central and the Alps.Opportunities not to be missed.
The alpine sequence, once again entirely disputed in the Savoie department, will be characterized by short and intense stages. In particular, it will use the innovative formula successfully tested last year, namely an ultra-short stage of around twenty kilometres that will end on the Col de la Loze, in Méribel, using a newly created road, unprecedented for a cycle race. Like a nod to the organizers of the Tour de France, who are constantly looking for new things, and who have often given the Tour de l’Avenir a life-size test value.
The other Savoyard stages will also be marked by arrivals at altitude, in the resorts of La Giettaz, Tignes at an altitude of more than two thousand metres before the final arrival at Le Corbier.
The event, open to international riders under 23 years of age, remains contested by national teams, and the succession of Slovenian Tadej Pogaçar has now been launched, and new talents are to be discovered on the next Tour de l’Avenir.