Thomas will face mountains galore and a wide cast of rivals, even within his own camp.
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Geraint Thomas will face mountains galore and a wide cast of rivals, even within his own camp, when the three-week Tour de France begins on the cobbled streets of Brussels Saturday.A bike-mad public is expected to give the Tour a raucous sendoff 50 years after the great Belgian won the first of his five Tours.France itself, bereft of a Tour de France champion since Bernard Hinault in 1985, also has two good contenders in Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot, who both spent their youth shuttling up and down mountains in the Massif Central and the Vosges mountains.The 2019 Tour is remarkable for its altitude, climbing over 2,000 meters seven times, with three summit finishes at altitude, one in the Pyrenees, one in the Vosges and one in the Alps.
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