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Tour de France 2019 Prelude

Tour de FranceCycling News has their race preview. The best way to understand the appeal of this race is to be there and watch nearly 200 riders tear through a small village at absurd speed on a road designed for horse-drawn carts.

For a different take the BBC have a rider doing the honors: Tour de France stage guide – Adam Yates profiles the 21 stages of the 2019 race.

The teams, their abbreviations, and their riders’ bib numbers:

Team Ineos INS 001-008
Bora – Hansgrohe BOH 011-018
Deceuninck – Quick – Step DQT 021-028
AG2R La Mondiale ALM 031-038
Bahrain – Merida TBM 041-048
Groupama – FDJ GFC 051-058
Movistar Team MOV 061-068
Astana Pro Team AST 071-078
Team Jumbo – Visma TJV 081-088
EF Education First EF1 091-098
Mitchelton – Scott MTS 101-108
CCC Team CCC 111-118
UAE Team Emirates UAD 121-128
Trek – Segafredo TFS 131-138
Team Sunweb SUN 141-148
Confidis – Solutions Credits COF 151-158
Lotto Soudal LTS 161-168
Total Direct Energy TDE 171-178
Team Katusha Alpecin TKA 181-188
Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team WGB 191-198
Team Dimension Data TDD 201-208
Team Arkea – Samsic PCB 211-218

Updated.