Vincent Lavenu :"Great symbolism along the route"
"It's a beautiful route, balanced, with a lot of mountains, which is certainly not displeasing to us. It will be necessary to be focused from the beginning to the end because the roads of the Vosges as well as the Massif Central can be surprising. The high mountains are on the program, with some of the greatest passes that have written the legend of our sport, and it's really a good thing. Everything that can ignite an aggressive race I like. For us, there are a lot of symbols along the way. Brussels, the city of Eddy Merckx, the brand that will supply us with our bicycles in 2019, Brioude, the home city of Romain Bardet, the passes of Izoard and Galibier, which are the roads of my childhood in the Hautes-Alpes, and beautiful stages in Savoie, our home base, to top things off.
This course makes you want to be there."VINCENT LAVENU
Romain Bardet :"A nice reward for the Auvergne region"
"It's a very beautiful course, quite difficult on paper with very little downtime. Many middle-sized mountains; and any time there are mid-sized mountain stages, they are very tricky with uncertain outcomes.Then there are the very high mountains as well, with those mythical passes: the Izoard, Tourmalet, Galibier and Izeran. Thes important tests at altitude should be able to widen the gap between the favorites. The time trials are placed rather early in the race, which could help unblock the leading positions ahead of the last days, as it happened last year. And happily here is an edition that will pass over my home roads, including a finish in Brioude, the city where I was born. It’s a great reward for the Auvergne region, and all the cycling enthusiasts there. It’s a nice little wink for me too! There is something very special about being able to race at home, which I already had the pleasure of doing two years ago. It looks to be a very nice party."ROMAIN BARDET
PIERRE LATOUR : "It will be necessary to be vigilant"
"Many long stages of more than 200 km. Many stages with difficult finishes, and generally a lot of mountain passes. Even so-called transition days remain long and contain traps. It's a course that makes you hungry. There is a risk of upending situations, and some pretty fun things to do. It will be necessary to be vigilant, not to have a jour sans, and if you do, you’ll certainly lose a lot." PIERRE LATOUR
JULIEN JURDIE : "Interesting for the team"
"ASO wanted to create a race of where everything is always moving again this year. This 2019 edition offers a fairly aggressive route that will cross many different massifs: the Vosges, the Massif Central, the Pyrenees and the Alps. Short stages, finishes at altitude or very high altitude, a lot of mountains...An interesting journey for the team AG2R La Mondiale and its leader Romain Bardet."JULIEN JURDIE