2022 Tour de France Route – .

2022 Tour de France Route – .

The 2022 Men’s and Women’s Tours de France itineraries were announced in Paris on Thursday, October 14, and just about everyone is excited about what the two races will offer.

The men’s race starts in Copenhagen on Friday July 1 and ends in Paris on Sunday July 24. Then, the women start their Tour de France in Paris on the same day and finish seven days later, at the top of the Super Planche des Belles Filles on Sunday. , July 31.

Here are some takeaways and highlights from last week’s route announcements:

Expect a dangerous Danish ‘big start’ for men

The 2021 Tour de France was supposed to start in Denmark, but the delay of the Euro 2020 football tournament meant that Copenhagen had to simultaneously host the opening weekend of the Tour de France and the Euro 2020 tournament, which is much more than that. that most cities can handle. in a weekend. The organizers of the Tour therefore turned to Brittany, postponing Denmark’s “Grand Départ” until 2022.

The race starts on a Friday (a rarity) to allow an extra day of rest to bring the riders to France after three stages in the southernmost country of Scandinavia. The long weekend opens with a 13km time trial in downtown Copenhagen which is expected to create early time gaps.

Stage 2 takes the race to Nyborg via the 18 km Great Belt Fixed Link, one of the largest bridges in the world. Winds will be intense both on deck and along the coast; so expect rungs and falls as runners fight to stay ahead and ahead of the gaps. Stage 3 runs along the coast again, but should end with a field sprint in Sønderborg. By the time the race arrives in France, expect that one or two contenders for the race will have already lost their chances of winning the Tour 2022.

There will be cobblestones for the men and gravel for the women

For the first time since 2018, the men will face a paved stage (stage 5 from Lille to Arenberg) with 19.4 km of pavement divided into 11 sectors, the second largest since the organizers of the Tour began to reintroduce them in 2004. This stage will be the most anticipated (and dreaded) of the first week, especially if it is wet.

There will be no cobblestones, but the women’s race, which starts in Paris on the last day of the men’s race, includes a gravel stage (stage 4 from Troyes to Bar-sur-Arbe) with four long sections of dirt to across the Champagne region of northeastern France. A punchy stage filled with short, steep climbs, the stage looks like the Italian classic of the Strade Bianche and should easily be one of the most exciting of the 8-stage women’s Tour de France.

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Everyone climbs the Super Planche des Belles Filles

The climb to the ski resort atop La Planche des Belles Filles made its debut during the 2012 Tour de France and quickly became a popular inclusion, appearing four more times since its introduction. But as if the climb weren’t tough enough, in 2019 it was extended to include a gravel utility road with an incline that peaks at 24%. Organizers are now calling the extended version the Belles Filles SUPER Planches, and while runners aren’t likely to be too excited about it, we can’t wait.

Both men and women will tackle it – the men at the end of stage 7 and the women at the end of stage 8 – meaning the climb will likely determine the overall winner of the Women’s Tour.

It will be an exciting Women’s Tour from start to finish

The women’s race has something for just about everyone: sprinters, breakaway specialists, punchers and climbers, with stages of all kinds and sizes that should generate excitement from start to finish. Yes there is no time trial but we think it is a good thing as the riders will be fighting for every second possible as the race nears its mountainous final in the Vosges on the final week. -end.

Given the mediocrity of some of the La Course event routes designed by the Tour organization, many were holding their breath to see what the new Women’s Tour had in store for riders. But it’s safe to say that almost everyone is happy and excited.

The second week of men will be fierce with the return of Alpe d’Huez

Overall, week two of the men’s race is by far the toughest on the 2022 Tour – it could decide the winner before the race’s last day of rest. It begins with three finishes at the top of the Alps, the worst of which is at the end of stages 12 and 13.

Stage 12 tackles the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier before arriving at the top of the Col du Granon at 2400 meters. Stage 13 is a carbon copy of stage 18 of the legendary Tour de France 1986, a stage comprising a return via the Galibier, then the Col de la Croix Fer, and finally an arrival at Alpe d’Huez, which returns to the Tour for the first time since 2018. In 86, Bernard Hinault and Greg Lemond finished the stage together, Hinault taking the stage and Lemond strengthening his grip on the yellow jersey he had taken the day before.

Although much earlier in the race than it was in 1986, this year’s Alpe d’Huez stage could see a similar result, especially if two-time defending champion Tadej Pogačar rides as aggressively as he does. ‘he did it by winning the last two editions.

But don’t sleep on the Pyrenees

For the second year in a row, the Tour hits the Alps before the Pyrenees, and while the 2021 Tour seemed to showcase the mountains along the border between France and Spain, the race puts the Alps at the front of the scene in 2022.

But don’t neglect the Pyrenees. At the end of the third and last day of rest, the riders face consecutive finishes at the top, including stage 17, which ends on a steep mountain airstrip at the Peyragudes winter resort, and the stage 18, which ends at the top of the climb to Hautacam, an ascent that has crowned several Tour champions in the past.

And it should be noted that these stages follow a difficult start in the Pyrenees: stage 16 ends in a valley of Foix, but not before having brought the runners to the Port de Lers and the Mur de Péguère, a climb steep with a descent. These three days are the last chances for all climbers hoping to win the Tour 2022.

Men’s race ends with a long time trial, yet again

For the third year in a row, the men’s Tour ends with a long individual time trial on the penultimate day of the Tour. But as the last two Tours have illustrated, fireworks are no guarantee. In 2020, Pogacar won the ITT of Stage 20 on a course that ended atop La Planches des Belles, overtaking his compatriot Primož Roglič to clinch the Tour in spectacular fashion.

As for 2021… well, we don’t really remember that. Just kidding: Belgian Wout van Aert won the stage, but the top 10 riders in the overall Tour standings remained unchanged on a completely missed day in terms of the battle for the yellow jersey.

The key in 2022 will be the presence of Roglič, who crashed and dropped out of the 2021 Tour before the first day of rest. If the two Slovenes approach the final weekend close enough to make things interesting, we will have another exciting showdown, which could take a different direction given the flatter course in 2022 compared to the summit finish in 2020.

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