Awaited with impatience and anxiety by the cycling world, the route of the Tour de France 2022 was unveiled this Thursday, October 14 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris by the director of the Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme. From Copenhagen, the city of departure, to Paris for its traditional arrival on the Champs-Élysées, the spectacle will once again be at the rendezvous of this 118th edition.
Runners, sponsors, journalists, caravanners. The whole cycling family meets every year in mid-October at the Palais des Congrès in Paris for a ceremony awaited by all.
An early departure to Friday. At rest from Monday
If the course is ultimately an Open Secret for many, none would miss the explanations of Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, and the reactions of the future protagonists of the Grande Boucle. Next year, the spectacle will undoubtedly still be present for this 109th Tour de France in history (July 1 – July 24). From a distant start, a particular device. It is on a Friday, July 1st, that the peloton will start from Copenhagen (Denmark) for a 13km time trial. The runners will get to the heart of the matter the next day on 199km between Roskilde and Nyborg. The end of the Danish triptych will end on Sunday with 182km between Vejle and Sønderborg. After a 900km transfer and a first day of rest, the race will resume its rights from Dunkirk to Calais (172km) for the 4th stage. A passage in the North which will not be able to avoid the famous cobblestones of Paris / Roubaix on Wednesday July 6. “There will be eleven cobbled sectors, including five used by the runners during the Nordic classic. We owe these new sectors to the work of Thierry Gouvenou. Like the first week, this stage is likely to offer a spectacle”, confided Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, after the presentation.
The return tour to Alpe d’Huez
Double world champion, the French Julian Alaphilippe goes in the direction of the race director: “I like the course. It’s a beautiful layout with a first week that promises to be interesting: time, curbs, cobblestones, finish for punchers… It won’t be easy to take the yellow jersey quickly. I can’t wait to recover of this season and start the rests. ” Strewn with pitfalls, the course will then lead the runners to the Super Planche des Belles Filles (July 7) for a first mountainous explanation. But it is July 14 that will focus all the attention of the public, since the Tour de France via Briançon, will return to Alpe d’Huez. 21 final laces for an explanation between strong on a stage identical to that of 1986 when Bernard Hinault and Greg Lemond together crossed the finish line under the eyes of their boss, a certain Bernard Tapie.
The Pyrenees as a justice of the peace
There will then be nine steps left to make the decision, if it has not already been done. A passage on the aerodrome of Mende (July 16), the ramparts of Carcassonne (July 17) and it will be time for Tadej Pogacar – double title holder – and the competition to set course for the Pyrenees with arrivals at the top of Peyragudes (July 20) and Hautacam (July 21). A final 40km time trial between Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour (July 23) will take place to freeze positions or turn things upside down. The last 112 kilometers between Paris La Défense Arena and the Champs-Élysées will be there to allow runners to savor the efforts made after more than 3,200 km on the tarmac of France and Navarre. For the two-time Slovenian title holder, Tadej Pogacar “it’s a very good course, interesting from the first to the last stage. Sprints, wind, cobbles, short climbs, long ones… It will be a really complete Tour. . “
1st stage – Friday July 1st: Copenhagen (Denmark) – Copenhagen (Denmark), 13km (individual clm).
2nd stage – Saturday July 2: Roskilde (Denmark) – Nyborg (Denmark), 199km.
3rd stage – Sunday July 3: Vejle – (Denmark) – Sønderborg (Denmark), 182km.
REST – Monday July 4.
4th stage – Tuesday July 5: Dunkirk – Calais, 172km.
5th stage – Wednesday July 6: Lille Métropole – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 155km.
6th stage – Thursday July 7: Binche – Longwy, 220km.
7th stage – Friday July 7: Tomblaine – The Super Planche des Belles Filles, 176km.
8th stage – Saturday July 9: Dole – Lausanne (Switzerland), 184km.
9th stage – Sunday July 10: Aigle (Switzerland) – Châtel Les Portes du Soleil, 183km.
REST – Monday July 11.
10th stage – Tuesday July 12: Morzine Les Portes du Soleil – Megève, 148km.
11th stage – Wednesday July 13: Albertville – Col du Granon, 149km.
12th stage – Thursday July 14: Briançon – Alpe d’Huez, 166km.
13th stage – Friday July 15: Bourg d’Oisans – Saint-Etienne, 193km.
14th stage – Saturday July 16: Saint-Etienne – Mende, 195km.
15th stage – Sunday July 17: Rodez – Carcassonne, 200km.
REST – Monday July 18.
16th stage – Tuesday July 19: Carcassonne – Foix, 179km.
17th stage – Wednesday July 20: Saint-Gaudens – Peyragudes, 130km.
18th stage – Thursday July 21: Lourdes – Hautacam, 143km.
19th stage – Friday July 22: Castelnau-Magnoac – Cahors, 189km.
20th stage – Saturday July 23: Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour, 40km (clm individuel).
21st stage – Sunday July 24: Paris La Défense Arena – Paris Champs-Élysées, 112km.