Preview: Tour de France 2019 – Stage 1 (Bruxelles – Bruxelles)

Stage 1 
Bruxelles – Bruxelles
(194,5 km)

The first yellow jersey wearer will be most likely a winner of a bunch sprint. Although the road is slighly rising in the final kilometers, it shouldn’t be a problem for the sprinters.

Starting the race with a(n almost) flat stage is quite often in the recent history of the Tour de France, but having a category 3 climb within the first 50 km isn’t a common thing.

And what a climb! It’s the Muur Kappelmuur, the Muur of Geraardsbergen (Mur de Grammont), the famous ascent of the Ronde van Vlaanderen with the chapel on the top. Tour the France has its Grand Depart in Belgium this year (celebrating Eddy Merckx first TDF-victory 50 years ago), and the Muur  is definitelly a must-have-in-the-program hill, and there are several riders in the peloton, who know it pretty well.

There is an another climb, which is well known from the spring classic one day races, the Bosberg, and the peloton crosses also a 1900 m long pavé-section a bit later.

Te Tour de France is celebrating this year not only Eddy Merckx, but the centenary of the invention of the jellow jersey. Each day there will be a different styled jersey mostly with the pictures of the most iconic riders and places of the race.  The battle for the first special maillot jeune will be decided most likely between Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe),  Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), Elia Viviani (Deceunick-Quick Step) and Alexander Kristoff (UAETeam Emirates).



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