The course seems well balanced, with a 53 km time trial at the end of the course, while visits to the Vosges, Alps and Pyrenees offer climbers chances to attack and save time.The exposed roads of Denmark and northern France and the cobbled stage to Wallers-Arenberg will mean the overall contenders will need to be complete riders, able to compete in stages and run on cobblestones.
2021 Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar was at the Palais des Congrès in Paris to see the route unveiled alongside new world champion Julian Alaphilippe and 2021 green jersey winner Mark Cavendish.
The Manxman and his rivals could have several sprint opportunities in the first week, but will then have to cross the Alps and Pyrenees to get to Paris on July 24.
In keeping with tradition, the ASO race organizers ensured that the race course took center stage rather than the runners, with an entertaining recap of this year’s race, followed by Christian Prudhomme revealing the details. of each stage of the 2022 race.
The Grand Départ in Copenhagen
The 2022 Tour de France will start in Copenhagen after a year of delay caused by a clash with the European Football Championships in the Danish capital.
The opening stages had already been revealed and Prudhomme confirmed that the Tour de France will start with a 13 km time trial in the city center on Friday July 1. It seems perfect for Filippo Ganna, Stefan Küng, Primož Roglič and Wout van Aert. fight for the first yellow jersey of the race, while the contenders for the general classification will try to gain a few psychologically important seconds over their rivals.
Stage 2 heads west to Nyborg, then stage 3 heads south to Sønderborg, both on exposed roads and often along the coast. 199 km Stage 2 ends after the 18 km Great Belt Bridge to Nyborg, with the risk of cross winds for a nervous final.
Stage 3 is more suitable for sprint teams with a loop around town adding an extra touch in the final kilometers. Mads Pedersen won here at this year’s Tour of Denmark.
A trying first week and a first arrival in the mountains at La Planche des Belles Filles
The runners are enjoying a rare first day of rest on Monday after the three days in Denmark, but will get up early for a flight to Lille in northern France.
The race returns on Tuesday with a stage from Dunkirk to Calais on the north coast of France. It’s a day for sprinters but they will have to fight for it.
Stage 5 ends at Wallers-Arenberg and will once again sow panic in the peloton and fuel the debate on the place of the cobbled sectors of Paris-Roubaix in a Grand Tour. The Tour last raced on cobblestones in 2018, when John Degenkolb won the stage, while previous visits were in 2015 and in 2014, when Chris Froome left the race early, the rain returned the treacherous pavement and Vincenzo Nibali staged his overall victory. .
The 2022 stage will cover 19.4 km of cobblestones, spread over 11 sectors, five of which have never been used either on Paris-Roubaix or on the Tour de France.
The road then heads to Belgium for a start in Binche during stage 6 and heads south via Luxembourg for a hard-hitting finish in Longwy, where Peter Sagan got the better of Julian Alaphilippe in 2017.
The Tour then heads to the Vosges for the summit finish of stage 7 on Friday at the Super Planche des Belles Filles. The stage will climb past the standard summit, heavily used since its debut in 2010, to reach the steep gravel at the top tracks which were first introduced in 2019. Pogačar will no doubt be happy to return to the place where he snatched victory from Roglič in 2020.
The weekend will see the Tour heading further south towards Switzerland for an arrival in Lausanne on stage 8, the next stage starting at the UCI headquarters in nearby Aigle before returning to France for an arrival in the ski resort of Châtel.
The runners will take advantage of the second day of station in Morzine on Monday 11 July before facing three days in the Hautes Alpes.
A return to L’Alpe d’Huez a visit to Switzerland and a lot of climbing in week two
The second week will begin with three alpine mountain stages.
Stage 10, from Morzine to Megève, climbs high in the Portes du Soleil and Portes du Mont-Blanc ski areas before descending to the finish, while stage 11 begins in Albertville and ends on the Col du Granon above the Serre Chevalier ski resort near Briançon.
The Col du Granon is 11.3 km long and averages over nine percent. Remarkably, it has only been used once before, in 1986, when Greg Lemond wore the yellow leader’s jersey. It ends at a breathtaking altitude of 2400m, making it a day for pure climbers and anyone fighting for the ultimate victory. Only the nearby Col du Galibier hosted a higher altitude finish in 2011, and this monster is scaled up here as an aperitif.
The festival of pure climbers continues on July 14 – July 14 in France – with a return to the 21 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez after four years of absence. It was last visited in 2018 when Geraint Thomas won with a final wave of anger to indicate he was on track to win the Tour.
Stage 12 will be an exact replica of the famous stage of 1986 which saw Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault cross elbows, passing through the easier side of the Galibier then the Col de la Croix de Fer before the final climb of L’Alpe D’Huez, which measures 13.8 km at 8.1%.
After the mountains, stage 13 heads west towards Saint-Etienne for a transition stage, which could see a massive sprint or offer a rare chance for the breakaway and backpackers. If the wind picks up there could be a threat of rungs
The third weekend is surprisingly a transfer through the south of France, with a small hilltop finish on the Mende airstrip, when Steve Cummings won in 2015, followed by a long and flat stroll through the fields of sunflowers from Rodez to Carcassonne on Sunday July 17th. .
The third day of rest will be in this area before the start of the last week in the Pyrenees.
The Pyrenees and a final time trial in week 3
The last week begins with a walk to Foix but without going up to the Plateau de Beille. The route covers two late climbs, crossing the Port de Lers and the Mur de Péguère before descending into Foix.
The high mountain comes on stages 17 and 18, with consecutive arrivals at the top in Peyragudes then in Hautacam.
Stage 17 begins in the Comminges and ends on the steep track of the Peyragudes altiport made famous by the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. The climb and the final ramp to the finish line were used in 2017, when Romain Bardet won and Fabio Aru took the yellow jersey from Chris Froome.
The stage goes through the Col d’Aspin, the Hourquette d’Ancizan and the Col de Val Louron-Azet before the final climb (8 km at 7.8%) and the very steep final ramp.
Hautacam will host a second consecutive summit finish on Thursday, July 21, measuring 13.6 km at 7.8%. There is no Col du Tourmalet on the way this time, but the stage will climb the Col d’Aubisque and the Col des Spandelles coming from Lourdes.
Stage 18 marks the end of the mountains but it will be difficult to see Paris from Hautacam. Runners face a long hike from the Pyrenees to Cahors in the north of the Occitanie region on the Lot River. It will be the usual battle of the breakaway against the sprinters.
The neighboring villages of Lacapelle-Marival and Rocamadour will host the last 40 km individual time trial on the last Saturday, the stage route crossing the spectacular hilly countryside near the Padirac caves.
The riders will be transferred to Paris on Sunday morning for the last traditional stage around the French capital. The stage will start in the Zoo Safari of Thoiry in the west of the city and will end with the traditional tours of the Champs-Elysées and the crowning of the 2022 winner at sunset.
Tour de France 2022 internships
|Step 1||Friday July 1, 2022||Copenhagen (ITT)|
|2nd step||Saturday July 2, 2022||Roskilde||Nyborg|
|Step 3||Sunday 3 July 2022||Vieje||Sonderborg|
|Day off||Monday, July 4, 2022||Small|
|Step 4||Tuesday July 5, 2022|
|Step 5||Wednesday July 6, 2022|
|Step 6||Thursday July 7, 2022|
|Step 7||Friday July 8, 2022|
|Step 8||Saturday July 9, 2022|
|Step 9||Sunday 10 July 2022|
|Day off||Monday July 11, 2022|
|Step 10||Tuesday July 12, 2022|
|Step 11||Wednesday July 13, 2022|
|Step 12||Thursday July 14, 2022|
|Step 13||Friday July 15, 2022|
|Step 14||Saturday, July 16, 2022|
|Step 15||Sunday, July 17, 2022|
|Day off||Monday, July 18, 2022|
|Step 16||Tuesday July 19, 2022|
|Step 17||Wednesday, July 20, 2022|
|Step 18||Thursday, July 21, 2022|
|Step 19||Friday July 22, 2022|
|Step 20||Saturday July 23, 2022|
|Step 21||Sunday July 24, 2022|