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 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.
Stage 8: Dole/Lausanne (186.5 km, hilly)

The hilly terrain selected for this passage through the Jura, before entering Switzerland, isn't intended to sort out the climbers. However, it includes a new short sharp climb ideal for specialists in making a brief but explosive effort; this springboard, with a one kilometre slope at up to 12%, will take the most powerful riders to success on the heights above the Olympic capital.
Stage 9: Aigle/Châtel Les Portes du Soleil (193 km, mountain)

The first real mountain stage brings a demanding week to a close. The series of Swiss stages that follow mean a new rhythm for the riders, without pushing them to their ultimate limits. An evenly-balanced breakaway group could well take advantage of this gentle welcome to the Alps.
Aigle, a municipality in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland, is a stage town for the first time; the resort of Châtel, welcomes the Tour for the second time.
Stage 10: Morzine Les Portes du Soleil/Megève (148.5 km, hilly)

Following the rest day, the stage offers some truly breathtaking mountain scenery, notably along the shores of Lake Geneva, before heading towards Megève. After winding its way through the valleys, the route pushes back the final battle between the race's strong men to the one kilometre marker. The finishing line has been set at the altiport, as for the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné
Stage 11: Albertville/Col du Granon Serre Chevalier (152 km, mountain)

Any yellow jersey contender will need to do well today. All the difficulties offered by the Alps can be found here, beginning with the Montvernier hairpins, before passing the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier. After crossing through Serre Chevalier, the riders face a ten kilometre stretch at over 9% before reaching the Col du Granon at 2,413 metres, a finishing point that was the Tour's highest for twenty-five years.
Stage 12: Briançon/Alpe d'Huez (165.5 km, mountain)

This route, tailor-made for the Tour's top climbers, offers a little nod to history before bringing the battle of the Alps to a close. An exact replica of the 1986 Briançon-Alpe d'Huez stage, it climbs the Col du Galibier for a second time, followed by the Col de la Croix de Fer, before the riders fight it out on the twenty-one bends leading to the renowned Isère resort.