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Tour de France 2022: Everything you need to know

Cyclist magazine
13 Jul 2021

Everything we know about the 2022 Tour de France, which is set to take place from Friday 1st July 2022 to Sunday 24th July 2022

Tour de France 2022: Key information

Dates: Friday 1st July to Sunday 24th July 2022   
Grand Départ: Copenhagen, Denmark   
Finale: Champs-Élysées, Paris, France   
Countries visited: Denmark, France, Switzerland   
UK television coverage: ITV4, Eurosport, GCN+ and S4C  

One season ends, and the excitement for the next begins. The route for the 2022 Tour de France has now been officially announced, so all aboard the hype train and get your predictions and hot takes in now before everyone says the same thing.

While it was originally planned for last year, the pandemic caused Denmark's Grand Départ to be pushed back. That might've been sad at the time but it means that we'll get to see three Danish stages filled with fans.

Plus Danish cycling is currently thriving so a host of the world's best riders will be looking to win stages and wear the yellow jersey at home – a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The first stage will be a prologue though, which might help reduce some of that early race nervousness that may have had a hand in the hundreds of crashes we saw in the first couple of stages in 2021, and it also means the GC will be in play from day one.

You'll need to be on your toes in July as the 2022 race begins on a Friday and will have an extra rest day on the first Monday to allow the peloton to get to France.

Once they're there, it's a race full of treats. Starting in the very north at Dunkerque and Calais, riders will make their way clockwise for the second year running, meaning we'll hit the Alps before moving onto the Pyrenees.

But before that the Tour de France is back on cobbles, as Stage 5 visits some of the pavé sectors of Paris-Roubaix to spice up proceedings early on. Just two stages later comes arguably the classic climb of the modern era – now with an added intensifier – La Super Planche des Belles Filles. Maybe revenge time for Primož Roglič?

As for the high mountains, there'll be mountain top finishes up the Col du Granon – featuring for only the second time – and, thank the gods, Alpe d'Huez. Finally, the hairpins return on Stage 12 for the first time since Geraint Thomas got the job done, not only that but it's on Bastille Day. Book your trip now.

In the Pyrenees there'll be a chance for drama finishing up to Peyragudes on Stage 17, where Romain Bardet won last time out, before the final mountain stage on the Hautacam. This has been missed out since 2014 when Vincenzo Nibali dominated Le Grand Boucle and incidentally that was the same race that featured the last proper cobbled stage, where the shark put time into his rivals they'd never get back.

There is only one time-trial outside of that initial prologue, but it is a beauty. A whole 40km will stand between despair and glory in Paris the next day, the perfect distance for some big changes.

The early favourite is of course Tadej Pogačar, who can cement his place as one of the greatest cyclists of all time at just 23 years old if he wins a third yellow jersey in a row. It will probably also be the first time we get to see the young Slovenian on cobbles – provided he doesn't ride the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix, which is likely – and from there we can make our conclusions on whether he'll reach true GOAT status down the line.

Rumour also has it that Wout van Aert will be properly targeting the green jersey for the first time with not a huge number of sprints on offer, so expect him to light those up as well as the stages other sprinters can't touch. Cobbles, mountains, etc. How many stages can he win?

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Tour de France 2022 route

Tour de France 2022 route: stage-by-stage

Stage 1: Friday 1st July, Copenhagen-Copenhagen, 13km, TT

With proceedings getting underway in Copenhagen, Denmark, t's the first Grand Départ outside France since Brussels in 2019 and the first prologue since Düsseldorf in 2016 when Geraint Thomas got the better of Stefan Küng, Vasil Kiryienka and Tony Martin.

Short efforts like this usually see a mix of TT specialists and sprinters among the top performers. If only there was a rider who could win time-trials and sprints…

Smart money would also keep an eye on local lads Magnus Cort and Kasper Asgreen.

Stage 2: Saturday 2nd July, Roskilde-Nyborg, 199km

The first of two flat stages in Denmark goes from Roskilde, just west of Copenhagen, and crosses The Great Belt to finish in Nyborg.

It could be one for the sprinters but wind will almost certainly be a factor considering the bridge crossing is an enormous 18km long and leads right into the finish. It'll be a spectacle at the very least.

Stage 3: Sunday 3rd July, Vejle-Sønderborg, 182km

Finishing up the Danish leg will definitely be one for the sprinters as the peloton heads south from Vejle to Sønderborg.

There aren't too many opportunities for bunch sprints in this year's race so the big trains will be enforcing from the flag. It'll also be the last chance for the Danish riders to get their stage win, look again for Cort as well as Mads Pedersen.

Rest day: Monday 4th July

Stage 4: Tuesday 5th July, Dunkerque-Calais, 172km

After an early rest day for the transfer the riders will traverse the most northern area of France starting in Dunkerque before looping round the region and coming back up to the coast to finish in Calais.

Christian Prudhomme has warned in his notes that there are plenty of hills along the way to discourage sprinters as well as the potential for crosswinds as the race runs alongside the Channel.

If it's a clear day we'll all gather in Dover to watch the action.

Stage 5: Wednesday 6th July, Lille Métropole-Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 155km

If four Paris-Roubaixs in six months wasn't enough cobbles to make up for taking 2020 off, the 2022 Tour will return to the pavé of the Hell of the North as Stage 6 takes the peloton over 11 secteurs before finishing in Arenberg Porte du Hainaut.

The last time we got this kind of action was in 2018 when John Degenkolb took the win in Roubaix itself.

This will be the day that Tadej Pogačar proves he'll be the GOAT.

Stage 6: Thursday 7th July, Binche-Longwy, 220km

It's the longest stage of the race at 220km and the breakaways will be licking their lips.

Categorised as a 'hilly' stage, it's certainly one for the puncheurs with the 800m, 12% Mur de Pulventeux with 6km to go and a finish up the 1.6km Côte des Religeuses with a max of 11%. There had to be a stage for Julian Alaphilippe, it's in the contract.

Stage 7: Friday 8th July, Tomblaine-La Super Planche des Belles Filles, 176km

It's quite literally back and bigger than ever. Stage 7 finishes up La Planche des Belles Filles except this time they've stuck an extra section on the end and it's 24%, that's why it's now Super.

Hopefully this will be the first time to see who's got climbing legs and potentially an early Pog and Rog showdown back where it all kicked off in 2020.

Stage 8: Saturday 9th July, Dole-Lausanne, 184km

There are two things to note about the finish to this stage, firstly it's in Switzerland and secondly it's another one for the puncheurs.

It's the first of two days that dip across the border and Stage 8 comes into Lausanne – described as 'the administrative capital of world sport – with a 4.8km climb averaging 4.6% with a 12% section in the final half.

Stage 9: Sunday 10th July, Aigle-Châtel les Portes du Soleil, 183km

The first week comes to a conclusion as the peloton crests a few Swiss beasts in the Col des Mosses, Col de la Croix and the Pas de Morgins, with the latter taking us back across the border into France.

It also finishes uphill, though not on a categorised climb, so whether it's a breakaway or a select group it could be an interesting run-in to Châtel les Portes du Soleil. The doors of the sun are also the doors of the next rest day.

Rest day: Monday 11th July

Stage 10: Tuesday 12th July, Morzine les Portes du Soleil-Megève, 148km

Week two doesn't hang about, although this is described as a hilly stage it finishes up the 19.2km climb up to the Altiport de Megève, so the field should be whittled down somewhat.

It's the same site where Lennard Kämna won the day at the 2020 Dauphiné.

Stage 11: Wednesday 13th July, Albertville-Col du Granon, 149km

Stage 11 is one for the TV. Starting with the stunning Lacets de Montvernier just for the pictures, the race then heads up the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier – this year's Souvenir Henry Desgrange at 2,642m – before finishing up the Col du Granon.

We don't need to delve into the Télégraphe or Galibier but this is only the Granon's second appearance in the Tour after it featured in 1986 and it's a brute, 11.3km at 9.2% and finishing at 2,413m altitude. All eyes on riders born in Colombia and Ecuador.

Stage 12: Thursday 14th July, Briançon-Alpe d'Huez, 166km

What dreams are made of. Stage 12 could be the most hotly anticipated Tour de France stage in a long time.

Not only will the riders come back over the Col du Galibier and down the Télégraphe, they then face the mighty Col de la Croix de Fer and then, at long last, the rerturn of Alpe d'Huez.

It's the first time those 21 hairpins have featured since when Geraint Thomas won all the way back in 2018 and to make it that bit sweeter it's on Bastille Day and crowds will be packing the road again.

For those that dare, this is also the stage for the 2022 Étape du Tour.

Stage 13: Friday 15th July, Bourg d'Oisans-Saint Étienne, 193km

It's only fair that after Thursday's action Friday 15th is one for the sprinters as we leave the Alps behind and head west towards the next set of challenges.

We also appreciate ASO's attention to detail as the battle for the green jersey hots up in Saint Étienne, which is the home of the football team known as Les Verts.

Stage 14: Saturday 16th July, Saint Étienne-Mende, 195km

Even Christian Prudhomme sees this one as a stage for the breakaway. A tough transitional day takes on a few testing climbs including one right at the end.

The Côte de la Croix Neuve - Montée Laurent Jalabert brings the riders home up a 3km ascent with an average of 10.2km. It's something to keep the wolf from the door.

Stage 15: Sunday 17th July, Rodez-Carcassonne, 200km

That's because you're going to have to wait for the next high mountain stage, even at the end of week two as Stage 15 is another day for the sprinters.

Carcassonne was where Mark Cavendish won his fourth stage at the 2021 Tour so if he's in the QuickStep squad there'll definitely be eyes on this one.

Rest day: Monday 18th July

Stage 16: Tuesday 19th July, Carcassonne-Foix, 179km

After a day off for sword shopping, the final week gets going in the Pyrenees and it looks to be another one for the breakaway.

With two climbs in the second half there's plenty to get the heart racing as the Port de Lers is 11.4km and averages 7% while the Mur de Péguère is 9.3km at 7.9% with a max of 18%.

But there's still 27km to go from the top of the final ascent so we're either hoping for an attack on the descent or that the race for the stage is hotly contested in the break.

Stage 17: Wednesday 20th July, Saint Gaudens-Peyragudes, 130km

The penultimate mountain stage might as well be 70km long. Just 130km in total it starts out with a flat 50km before the race hits the first of the day's four tests, the Col d'Aspin.

From there riders will crest the Hourquette d'Ancizan and the Col de Val Louron-Azet before the climax up Peyragudes.

An 8km, 7.8% effort with a brutal 16% ramp to the top, Peyragudes has featured twice in the Tour: in 2012 Alejandro Valverde won as Bradley Wiggins held onto yellow and in 2017 Romain Bardet won with Fabio Aru having a late hold on the GC.

Stage 18: Thursday 21st July, Lourdes-Hautacam, 143km

GC contenders and breakaway hopefuls will all be saying their Hail Marys as they line up for Stage 18.

Starting at Lourdes the race will undoubtedly kick off up the Col d'Aubisque and the Col de Spandelles that follows before the decider up Hautacam, which makes its comeback after a seven year absence with Vincenzo Nibali winning last time out on his way to overall victory.

It's a climb with a storied past that the sport longs to forget: 1994 winner Luc Leblanc later admitted to doping; 1996 was the famous Mr. 60 performance from Bjarne Riis when he never touched the saddle; 2000 saw a superhuman effort from Lance Armstrong that put nearly four minutes into Jan Ullrich; and 2008 was won by Juan José Cobo, who later had 2009 and 2011 victories stripped.

Anyway, it should be a spectacle.

Stage 19: Friday 22nd July, Castelnau Magnoac-Cahors, 189km

Providing they've made it through the mountain stages the sprinters will perk up again from Stage 19 as the fast men look for another couple of opportunities.

Given there won't be an abundance of bunch sprints the green jersey could well be in play right until the end so this could prove incredibly valuable.

Stage 20: Saturday 23rd July, Lacapelle Marival-Rocamadour, 40km, TT

A 40km TT is exactly what's needed to sort out the remaining GC questions with specialists sure to put plenty of time into their less confident counterparts. There are a couple of shorts digs towards the end too for one final test of the climbing legs.

It will be a great day for the TV too as Rocamadour, where the route finishes is a beautiful little cliffside village that's apparently the second most visited attraction in France behind Mont-Saint-Michel.

Stage 21: Sunday 24th July, Paris La Défense Arena-Paris Champs-Élysées, 112km

No need to preview this one, we all know the score. Hopefully green will still be in play to add a bit of spice to the procession.

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Tour de France 2022: stage-by-stage  
Tour de France 2022 live TV guide  
Tour de France 2022 start list

Tour de France 2022: Live TV guide

Live TV coverage of the 2022 Tour de France will be shown on Eurosport, ITV4 and S4C alongside evening highlights.

All times are subject to change by the broadcasters

Team Presentation: TBC

Stage 1: Friday 1st July

Stage 2: Saturday 2nd July

Stage 3: Sunday 3rd July

Rest day: Monday 4th July

Stage 4: Tuesday 5th July

Stage 5: Wednesday 6th July

Stage 6: Thursday 7th July

Stage 7: Friday 8th July

Stage 8: Saturday 9th July

Stage 9: Sunday 10th July

Rest day: Monday 11th July

Stage 10: Tuesday 12th July

Stage 11: Wednesday 13th July

Stage 12: Thursday 14th July

Stage 13: Friday 15th July

Stage 14: Saturday 16th July

Stage 15: Sunday 17th July

Rest day: Monday 18th July

Stage 16: Tuesday 19th July

Stage 17: Wednesday 20th July

Stage 18: Thursday 21st July

Stage 19: Friday 22nd July

Stage 20: Saturday 23rd July

Stage 21: Sunday 24th July

Tour de France 2022 start list

WorldTeams

AG2R Citroën Team

Astana Qazaqstan

Bahrain Victorious

Bora-Hansgrohe

Cofidis

EF Education-Nippo

Groupama-FDJ

Ineos Grenadiers

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

Israel Start-Up Nation

Jumbo-Visma

Lotto-Soudal

Movistar

Qhubeka-NextHash

QuickStep Alpha Vinyl

Team BikeExchange

Team DSM

Trek-Segafredo

UAE Team Emirates

ProTeams

Alpecin-Fenix

Arkéa Samsic