Tour de France 2022

( Season 2022 )
Four countries: Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and France feature on the map for this 109th Tour de France. Denmark will be the tenth country to host the Grand Départ, the most northerly in the Tour's history. On the programme: eight French regions, twenty-nine departments and nearly 3,330 kilometres for twenty-one stages.


Stage 1: Copenhagen/Copenhagen (13.2 km, individual time trial)

The 2022 edition of the Tour de France starts in Copenhagen, the Danish capital, with an individual time trial just over 13 km. The Queen Louise Bridge is reputed to be the busiest cycling route in the world. The riders will start the Tour by heading down the start ramp one by one to tackle a city circuit that will take them past Tivoli Gardens and the Little Mermaid, with a handful of bends that are quite technical.
Stage 2: Roskilde/Nyborg (202.5 km, flat)

The Tour's riders already got a taste of what it's like to ride over the sea in 2015, when they reached the finish in Zeeland. This time, the Great Belt crossing is 18 kilometres long, and there's a strong possibility that the riders will have to battle with gusting winds. The teams that are most adept at dealing with windy conditions will have a tactical card to play.
Stage 3: Vejle/Sønderborg (182 km, flat)

Although the route never strays far from the coast on the Jutland peninsula, it will be less exposed to the wind than the day before, which should make it easier for the sprinters' teams to control the race. Before a transfer and an unusually early first rest day, this stage should see the first round in the battle between the sprinters.

Stage 4: Dunkirk/Calais (171.5 km, hilly)

For the fourth stage, it's back to France. Although the stage starts and finishes at sea level, the amount of climbing in between might well give the sprinters some cause for concern. The peloton, for example, will head towards the hills of West Flanders before visiting the Boulonnais hills. There's likely to be lots of long-range attacks, especially in the final section along the coast, which could potentially be windy: the climbs near the Cap Gris-Nez and Cap Blanc-Nez headlands could prove decisive.
Stage 5: Lille Métropole/Arenberg Porte du Hainaut (157 km, hilly)

In 2018, the Tour's last cobblestone stage concluded with John Degenkolb winning in Roubaix. This stage will feature just as much bone-jarring action in what is the most acrobatic challenge of the opening week. Good preparation and full concentration will be the favourites' best weapons for dealing with their apprehension.
Stage 6: Binche/Longwy (220 km, hilly)

This is a long trek through the Ardennes, and the contenders will have to pace themselves well if they want to shine in the finale, which is even tougher than the one featured last time the Tour visited Longwy. The leading puncheurs will be to the fore on the Mur de Pulventeux, located 6 km from the finish (800m long and averaging 12%), and they'll need to push themselves hard if they want to make it through the Côte des Religieuses.
Stage 7: Tomblaine/La Super Planche des Belles Filles (176.5 km, mountain)

Although this is the first summit finish of the 2022 Tour, it doesn't come at the end of an authentic mountain stage. However, La Super Planche des Belles Filles always guarantees a high-intensity finish. The gaps on this steep climb shouldn't be that substantial, but the riders' finishing positions will give a strong indication of the form of the podium contenders.