When “the most cyclable city in the world meets the greatest cycling race in the world” (to use Christian Prudhomme’s formula), it results in a Grand Départ (the most northerly in the history of the event) that makes you salivate : after an inaugural time trial (not a prologue since it is 13 km long) held on… Friday, the riders will take the Storebaelt, a 16 km long maritime bridge, the next day, during the final of a 2nd stage suitable for borders.
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Here they are again! Four years after John Degenkolb’s victory near the Roubaix ring (and for the fifth time in thirteen editions), the cobbled sections will be on the program for the 5th stage run between Lille-Métropole and Arenberg (at the entrance of the illustrious Trouée). So on the menu, eleven sectors (19.4 km in total) and… one or two bad nights for some. Note that at the end of the last section, there will only be seven kilometers to go.
For the sixth time (since 2012), the Planche des Belles Filles (in the Vosges) is once again on the map, except that the runners (like the runners on July 31) will struggle with the longer version of the climb, c ‘that is to say with one kilometer on the white path and a passage at 24% just before the line of the 7th stage.
After Denmark and Belgium, the 109th edition will start from Switzerland (d’Aigle, UCI headquarters) for the first mountain stage, before taking up residence in the Alps (one of the four massifs on this menu). Where it will be intense (five climbs classified out of category in less than 48 hours!) With the arrival at the top of the Granon pass, which rises to 2,413 meters (it is the last pass climbed by Bernard Hinault in yellow in 1986 ) and, on July 14, Briançon – Alpe d’Huez (with the exact replica of the 1986 Tour stage where Hinault and LeMond had arrived hand in hand under the eyes of Bernard Tapie) for one of the five arrivals of the Tour 2022.
Mende, via the “Montée Jalabert” (3 km at 10.2%) and Foix (which will bring back nice memories to Warren Barguil) will then lead the peloton to the Pyrenees: on the heights of Peyragudes (17th stage) then of Hautacam, beyond the unique Spandelles pass (10.3 km at 8.3%). Before the Champs-Élysées, from where the girls will set off on Sunday, July 24, the contenders for the general standings will decide if necessary around Rocamadour during a 40-kilometer time trial. Show guaranteed, there too.