Published by Lyn on 18 July 2014
Here are some maps to help you plan where to watch Stage 19 of the Tour de France, the 208.5km stage from Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour to Bergerac on July 25.
This is a lovely stage up from the Pyrenees, through the Lot Valley to the Dordogne, and includes lots of pretty villages and some quite spectacular scenery: expect sunflower fields, bastide towns, vineyards and lots of pretty river views.
The route itself can close to cars anything up to 2 hours before the caravan, though it is usually possible to walk/cycle the route later.
Specific road closures (especially those affecting minor roads) are coordinated at a local level. Local tourist offices, mairies (town halls) and accommodation providers will be able to provide more specifics. As this is a city centre finish, the roads around Bergerac be chaotic – avoid driving if you can; ride, walk or take public transport into the city centres, or find a spot along the route outside town.
Set out early to find your vantage point, and don't forget hats, sunscreen, water and food supplies – it may be a loooong day.
For those interesting in cycling AND photography, there are special workshops in the Dorodogne to help you make the most of this super photo opportunity.
Here's the stage profile.
Eymet to Bergerac
The lovely people at the Dordogne tourist boards have sent me the local maps below of the route of the Tour de France as it passes through Eymet to Bergerac. For people familiar (or not) with the area, they might help make it easier to plan where to watch the race.
Arrival into Bergerac
Accommodation for the Tour de France
If you are super, super, super lucky, some of the places on the map below *might* still have accommodation available (likely as a result of cancellations). You can also browse this list to see options.