July 22nd to 24th, 2019

3 days in the Gard

July 22nd to 24th, 2019

Nîmes, the Pont du Gard and the Gard are in the spotlight !

This summer, 2019 Tour de France, with two stages and a rest day, will take place on our territory.

It’s a great opportunity to discover our treasures and to explore our landscapes: from the small Camargue to the Cévennes mountains, via the Cèze valley, the Causses or the garrigues, the Gard is at the head of the pack!

Monday, July 22, 2019: Rest day

The racing cyclist and the Tour de France caravan will be present in Nîmes on July 22nd during the traditional rest day.

Fan Park and animations

On Sunday 21 july, from 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm, on Monday 22 july, from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm and on Tuesday 23 july, from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

Lots of fun for all the visitors

From Monday 22 july, the city and its different squares will be animated for the 106th edition of the Tour de France 2019 with a festive and sporting programming, mixing general public animations (dance and musical animations), sporting demos, cycling shows (BMX/trial), open-air screenings, markets, thrill rides, art exhibitions… Lots of fun for all the visitors reunited to live this great party around cycling into the streets of the beautiful city of Nîmes.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Stage: Nîmes > Nîmes – 177 km

Departure and arrival will be located in the Gard capital, twice as much pleasure for the Nîmes spectators!

On a loop that starts and finishes in Nîmes, the circuit will take place entirely in the Gard department. The bunch of cyclist will have the unique privilege of riding on the Pont du Gard.
The cycling escapes that will occur on the foot of the Roman aqueduct remains may evolve under the close control of the bunch. The chances of attending a massive sprint in Nîmes will be high.
Please note: The neutralised start will take place at the Arena / November 11 Square with a passage at 11:20 am for the Tour de France caravan and at 1:20 pm for the racing cyclists. The cyclists will use the following roads (purple on the map): avenue Feuchères, boulevard Talabot, passage under Pont de l’Observance, route d’Avignon D6086 and avenue Clément Ader to get to the start proper on the road D127.

Course map is presented below.

If the map is not displayed correctly on your mobile phone, you can click here.

Wednesday 24 July
Stage: Pont du Gard > Gap – 200 km

The 17th stage of the 2019 Tour de France will take an exceptional start at the foot of the Pont du Gard towards Gap.

After the Pont du Gard race start, the bunch will cross the Gard municipalities of Rochefort-du-Gard and Roquemaure, before heading towards Gap and the Hautes-Alpes ! The punchers should be there at the beginning of the stage. It’s the last chance for them to shine before the Alps. The ancient theme will continue beyond the Gard with a visit to the Orange theatre and a visit to Vaison-la-Romaine. The breakaway specialist, will be spotlighted that date. They will focus on the strategy to be adopted to begin the Sentinel’s ascent, less than 10 km from the finish of the cycling race in Gap.

Course map is presented below.

If the map is not displayed correctly on your mobile phone, you can click here.

Practical information

Road closure conditions

All the roads located on the course stages will be closed for 4 hours broken down as follows : 1 hour before the passage of the Tour de France caravan and up to 15 minutes after the end of the cycle race.
Real-time road information from the link below: www.inforoute30.fr (Warning: the Web site is only available in French).

Parking space at the Pont du Gard

Find on this map the car parks available for the stages on 23 and 24 July around the Pont du Gard.

If the map is not displayed correctly, you can click here.

A Parking places reserved for persons with reduced mobility is available (P12). For motorhomes, a parking area (P7) located in the municipality of Castillon-du-Gard will be accessible from Saturday, July 20.
On the Pont du Gard site, a space for bicycles (P11) is provided on the right bank of the river Gardon. Be careful, there will be no security, plan your anti-theft system, the bikes will remain under your responsibility.
The map shows the walk duration between the car park and the Pont du Gard Site, and once on site, guide signing will direct you to your destination.

Safety instructions

Be careful when picking up the gifts distributed by the advertising caravan (these gifts are shared between the right and left sides of the road, do not cross to collect « goodies »). Do not sit at the exit of a bend with a low-visibility spot.
On July 22, 23 and 24, it’s summer. The temperature is very hot (35° to 40°C) in Nîmes, at the Pont du Gard or in the Gard Department:
Please have hats, sunglasses, sun lotion,
Drink water regularly and give the children water even if they do not ask for it.

Respect the riders:

  • Do not spray or run beside riders, for their safety do not meet them even to encourage them,
  • Get as far away from the road as possible, the roadside can be used by riders,
  • Do not change your location at the last minute,
  • Stay behind the security barriers if there are any,
  • Do not encroach on the roadway by taking pictures, videos, selfies… You may be misled by your camera on the real distance separating you from vehicles and riders,
  • Follow instructions given by the police and the organisers.

The Pont du Gard is a protected natural site, please respect the following instructions:

  • The use of campfires or barbecues is strictly prohibited,
  • It is forbidden to throw garbage on the ground, use the garbage containers provided,
  • Do not pick plants,
  • Stay on the officially marked paths,
  • Always keep pets on a leash.

In addition, it is strictly prohibited to:

  • Dive into the Gardon river from the bridge or from the cliffs of the banks.

Experience The Tour de France at Pont du Gard!

The Pont du Gard will be adorned with its most beautiful finery to welcome the Tour!
During these two days of festivities, you will be able to attend many activities. On the programme: sport with a BMX demo tray, music with the brass bands « Peña del Fuego » and « La Banda Brutti », a giant screen to follow all the stages, a « Food-Trucks » area with a wide choice of local, organic or vegetarian cooking, as well as a giant refreshment bar and of course the « Tour podium » on which the riders will present themselves and sign autographs at the start. They will receive the different shirts: yellow (leader), dotted (best climber), green (best sprinter) and white (best youth) and trophies at the finish.

Location map of events at the Pont du Gard Site is presented below.

Around the Tour: discover the Gard Department beauty

Do you want to organize your journey in the surrounding area of Nîmes and the Pont du Gard ? And do you want to discover the hinterland of the Gard Department?
Find your accommodation or book your restaurant from the Gard Tourist office website : www.gardtourism.com

Contact Information

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