This time it’s the right one. Deprived of Tour in 2021 because of the Covid and the postponement of one year of the Euro with matches organized in its capital, Denmark finally welcomes the Grande Boucle for its 109e edition from 1er July 2022. And for the most northerly Grand Départ in its long history, the Tour de France is obviously not making the trip for nothing: three stages will be contested in the Scandinavian kingdom.
To liven up the affair from the outset, the organizers are counting on an individual entry time trial over 13 km in Copenhagen on 1er July, and on two stages in a row, the second of which is offered to the pranks of Aeolus, with 50 km along the coast and the crossing in the last pitches of the Great Belt Strait on the third longest bridge in the world, of 6.7 km.
The cobblestones of the North and the vertigo of the peaks in the Alps
Guaranteeing a show from the first week is always the major concern of the organizers, who promise a rapid resumption of hostilities after a day of rest on Monday July 4, time to repatriate the great cycling circus in France, and more exactly in the North. A few cobblestones on the menu to spice up the sauce, and quickly head to the Planche des Belles-Filles on Friday July 8, the queen of the Vosges becoming a must-see on the Tour for a sixth visit since 2010.
After a short trip to Switzerland, passing through Aigle, where the headquarters of the International Cycling Union (UCI) is located, and another day of rest, watch your eyes with a second alpine week of very high standards. A Morzine – Geneva stage to start the business, then the great return of the Col du Granon, perched at 2,400 m, one of the toughest in the Alps, whose laces have been waiting for climbers since 1986, and, to end the infernal triptych, July 14 at the top of Alpe d’Huez, which the runners had not approached since 2018.
Lourdes and Rocamadour the last week
The organizations will hardly be able to breathe on the way to the Pyrenees with an arrival in Mende, in Lozère, on the Côte de la Croix Neuve renamed “Montée Jalabert” after the feat of the tri-colored runner who won after a very long single-handed breakaway in 1995. In the Pyrenees, the last explanations of the climbers are scheduled for July 20, with a spectacular arrival at the altiport of the Peyragudes resort, where a certain James Bond stood out in 1997 (in Tomorrow never dies) but especially Romain Bardet winner in 2017, and the next day, July 21, after leaving the sanctuary of Lourdes, another fight on the peaks in Hautacam, who had been patient since 2014.
Finally, the icing on the cake, the time trial which can play justices of the peace on July 23. This year, it will be a yellow jersey and a black virgin, since the final race against the chronometer is scheduled in Rocamadour, the medieval and religious city of Lot, the day before the finish on the Champs-Élysées, on Sunday July 24. Where, even before the arrival of the men, the teams of the Women’s Tour de France will leave, returning after more than 30 years of absence.
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The event, run from 1984 to 1989 as the curtain-raiser of the Men’s Tour, will be limited to eight days next year. The race director, the former champion and television consultant Marion Rousse, presented a course of 1,029 km concentrated in the north-east of France, and which promises a successful arrival on July 31 on the arid slopes from the Planche des Belles-Filles, borrowed a few days earlier by these gentlemen.
The 21 stages of the Tour de France 2022
The 2022 Tour de France has a distance of 3,328 kilometers, an estimate that may be slightly corrected after the organizers’ last reconnaissance.
1st step: Copenhagen (DAN) – Copenhagen, 13 km (individual time trial) (July 1)
2nd step: Roskilde (DAN) – Nyborg (DAN), 199 km (July 2)
3rd step: Vejle (DAN) – Sönderborg (DAN), 182 km (July 3)
Transfer (July 4)
4th step: Dunkirk – Calais, 172 km (July 5)
5th step: Lille Métropole – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 155 km (July 6)
6th step: Binche (BEL) – Longwy, 220 km (July 7)
7th step: Tomblaine – The great Belles-Filles board, 176 km (July 8)
8th step: Dole – Lausanne (SUI), 184 km (July 9)
9th step: Aigle (SUI) – Châtel, 183 km (July 10)
Rest in Morzine (July 11)
10th step: Morzine – Megeve, 148 km (July 12)
11th step: Albertville – Granon pass, 149 km (July 13)
12th step: Briançon – Alpe d’Huez, 166 km (July 14)
13th step: Bourg d’Oisans – Saint-Étienne, 193 km (July 15)
14th step: Saint-Étienne – Mende, 195 km (July 16)
15th step: Rodez – Carcassonne, 200 km (July 17)
Rest in Carcassonne (July 18)
16th step: Carcassonne – Foix, 179 km (July 19)
17th step: Saint-Gaudens – Peyragudes, 130 km (July 20)
18th stage: Lourdes – Hautacam, 143 km (July 21)
19th stage: Castelnau-Magnoac – Cahors, 189 km (July 22)
20th step: Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour, 40 km (individual time trial) (23 July)
21st step: Paris La Défense Arena – Paris Champs-Elysées, 112 km (July 24)