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THE 2019 TOUR DE FRANCE
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The race will have its last stage in the highest resort in the Alps: Val Thorens. The mountains are saved till last.


The highest altitude ski resort in Europe will see the penultimate stage of the 2019 Tour de France on 27th July.

The final neck-and-neck stage, ahead of the Paris finish line.

As ever, the final mountain stages are often the crucial turning points which determines the Tour winner, ahead of the Paris Champs-Élysées sprint finish.

It's Val Thorens hosting this 20th stage, the resort located at an altitude of 2,300 metres and the highest point of Les3Vallees.

We can expect unexpected twists, physical endurance and sporting thrills.

The varied and exceptionally difficult course (almost a 4,000-metre vertical climb!), will see the contenders break from the pack, jostling for position until the very last.

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Not only this.

2019 will mark a special celebration:

100 years of the Yellow Jersey.

And the legendary jersey will be awarded on the Val Thorens podium.

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Starting in Albertville, the racers will pass through Le Beaufortin to climb the Cormet de Roselend.

Then it's back to Moûtiers to attack the 34-kilometre climb to the Belleville Valley via the Saint Laurent de la Côte balcony road (19 kilometres longer than the climb to Alpe d'Huez).

Passing through the village of Saint Martin de Belleville and the ski resort of Les Menuires, the course will lead the peloton to Val Thorens' entrance at the Chalets du Thorens.

It's the final mountain stage of 131km.

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Val Thorens will also play host to the Etape du Tour, which is open to amateurs, on the 21st July.

In this race cyclists can experience 'La Grande Boucle' on the very same roads and conditions as professional Tour de France cyclists.

Each year, a single stage of the Tour de France is opened up to amateurs, which this year will be Albertville - Val Thorens.

It'll see 15,000 amateur cycling athletes arrive from all over the world to race on 21 st of July.

Where else will you see the Tour de France?

It'll be stopping in other favourites throughout the route.

In the Southern Alps by Serre Chevalier.

And nearer Val Thorens in the massive ski zone of the Tarentaise Valley, in Tignes.

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