Cobblestones, two time trials and five uphill finishes: see ...

Stage 1: Copenhagen – Copenhagen (Friday 1 July) – 13km, time trial

Le Grand Départ is with a year delay in Denmark, which receives the Tour for the first time. The opening time trial is back for the first time since Düsseldorf 2017. It will be a 13 km chrono in the center of Copenhagen that will take you past all the sights. As good as a billiards surface but there are many curves.

Stage 5: Lille – Arenberg (Wednesday 6 July) – 155 km

The cobblestone ride. In total there are 19.4 kilometers of cobblestones. Divided into eleven strips that vary in length from 1.3 to 2.8 kilometers. What is new is that there are five ‘sectors’ in which Paris-Roubaix has never taken place before. They are the first five to be affected. The first zone is 80 km from the finish. The last one (Hasnon, 1600 meters) ends about five km from the finish, which is in front of the closed mining site.

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Rit 7: Tomblaine – La Super Planche des Belles Filles (vrijdag 8 juli) – 176 km

The first real uphill confrontation among the candidate final winners. Just like in July 2019 when Teuns won, the stage ends at the top of the gravel. Hence La Super Planche des Belles Filles, which will be visited for the sixth time in ten years, and which is also the end point of the first Tour de France for women.

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Ride 11: Albertville – Col du Granon (Wednesday 13 July) – 149 km

The second arrival uphill, but at the same time a mountain stage that, together with the ride the next day, is as queen step can be described. The Col du Granon (2,413 meters) has not been climbed since 1986. Even before the final climb they have to cross the Galibier, which is the roof of this Tour at 2,642 meters.

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Rit 12: Briançon – Alpe d’Huez (donderdag 14 juli) – 166 km

An July fourteenth which will hang in the legs, because the mountain stage has 4,750 altimeters. The climbing festival starts again with the Galibier (this time via the Lautaret) before heading along the Croix de Fer to the iconic 21 bend final climb. With this, the Tour celebrates the 70th anniversary of the very first finish at height.

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Rit 16: Carcassonne – Foix (dinsdag 19 juli) – 179 km

One of the nine mid-mountain rides that this Big loop knows. A transition stage to the real Pyrenees cols, but with the Port de Lers and the Mur de Péguère there are two serious traps for this or that GC rider. Alaphilippe folded two years ago, but just didn’t crack.

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Rit 17: Saint-Gaudens – Peyragudes (woensdag 20 juli) – 130 km

Short but sweet. As in the Alps, fierce war can be waged in the Pyrenees for two days in a row. Before arriving at this heliport, the Tour crosses the Aspin, the annoying Hourquette d’Anzican and the Val Louron-Azet. Anyone who is not in his day will be dropped from the standings.

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Stage 18: Lourdes – Hautacam (Thursday 21 July) – 143 km

The very last fight in the mountains, but one that can count. From before the pilgrimage site, the last mountain stage goes over the Aubisque to the Col de Spandelles, which is brand new in the Tour. Ten km long and an average of eight percent ascending. Thursday afternoon on Hautacam we basically know the mountain king and the potential final winner.

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Stage 20: Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour (Saturday, July 23) – 40 km, time trial

This is the hour of truth. It is a difficult time trial through the hilly department of the Lot which is ten kilometers longer than last year. Continuous up and down, twisting and turning. Just like two years ago on the Planche des Belles Filles, it can still happen here. In total, this Tour counts five kilometers less against the time than last year, but forty kilometers at the end of a difficult Tour is a killer long.

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