2019 Route Rumour #7 It’s all about the mountains …

RUMOUR UPDATE #7

It’s all about the mountains …

As we guessed in our first blog, we’re surer by the day that we’ll be heading west to return east, meaning Pyrenean fun followed by Alpine glory. It looks like the Tourmalet will almost certainly feature (but we’re not sure yet from which side) and maybe even as a stage finish. Other bucket list climbs we keep hearing mentioned in the rumour mills are the Mur de Peguere (18%!) and the Port de Lers. If you’re not familiar with this region, take our word for it: this is excellent news!

Heading back east via Provence and a couple of days of sunshine and sunflowers, the big question is whether Ventoux will get a look in or not. We were originally pretty sure of this but now it’s looking a bit less certain (but not entirely off the cards). Almost guaranteed is a trip to Embrun and Gap and the stunning Lac de Serre Ponçon (photo up top). From there less is sure but one French newspaper is suggesting a stage from Albertville to Val Thorens and another based around St Jean de Maurienne so one way or another, the famous climbs will surely be out in force!

We’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear more…

Don’t just watch it … Ride it!