The popularity of cycling around the world continues to increase. The Tour de France has an estimated 3.5 billion people tuning into the coverage of the race from different locations around the globe. Add to this number another 12 million people who watch the race from the road side at some point during the Tour’s duration. The viewership of cycling is massive and with exciting routes for both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France in 2019, both of which have just been released, we are sure that these numbers will continue to climb.
While the road cycling season officially gets under way in January 2019, the first Grand Tour of the year kicks off in Italy on the 11thof May. In 2018 the Giro d’Italia, produced a phenomenal spectacle of racing and kept the fans on the edge of their seats until the last week of the race. Chris Froome rode arguably one of the greatest rides in recent history to claim the victory.
The 2019 Giro d’Italia route covers 3518.5 km and has 7 summit finishes, along with 3 individual time trials. It’s bound to produce an amazing race, now we just need to see which general classification contenders will contest for overall honours.
Read more about the Giro d’Italia 2019 route here.
The Tour de France is the world’s most watched cycling event and 2019 has the potential to set new viewership records. Will anyone be able to unseat the Sky train? The Tour gets underway on the 6thof July 2019 and the route definitely favours the riders with the strongest team around them. Strength in numbers could hold the key, although with 3 mountain top finishes above 2000 meters above sea level, a pure climber may be standing on the top step of the podium when the race rolls into Paris.
Read more about the Tour de France 2019 route here.
With the route for the 2019 Vuelta a España still to be officially released, next year’s Grand Tours are set to produce exciting racing. We will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest news on the Vuelta a España route as soon as it is released. 2019 is building up to be a phenomenal year on the cycling front.