"It will be possible to lose this Tour absolutely everywhere"

The Tour de France 2022, from July 1 to July 24, whose route was unveiled this Thursday in Paris, has a distance of 3,328 kilometers.

It has five arrivals at the top for the in-line stages: one in the Vosges, at the super Planche des Belles Filles, two in the Alps, at the Col du Granon and at Alpe d’Huez, two in the Pyrenees, at Peyragudes and Hautacam.

The Grande Boucle will leave from Copenhagen, Denmark, and will visit three other countries: Belgium, with Binche on July 7, Switzerland and France of course.

Some analyzes on the course with Christian Prudhomme, boss of the event.

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“The first week was designed for a type of runner without a doubt. There is a trio of exceptional punchers: Mathieu Van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Julian Alaphilippe. In the first ten days there will be short but sharp climbs where their talent can express itself. During the fifth stage, between Lille Métropole and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, there will be eleven cobbled sectors including five unseen. They have never been borrowed. The Trouée d’Arenberg is located right next to the finish line, but there is a TGV line. For obvious safety reasons, it is not possible to complete the stage with TGVs which could arrive at any time. We are not going to stop the TGV line to take the Trouée (smile) “, Christian Prudhomme indicated at our microphone.

“Next summer there will be fewer passes than in the past few years, but it’s a sham. Indeed, we will climb higher and there will be five finishes at the top. Obviously for big fights. We wanted to go up a hard and emblematic ascent, this is the case with the Col du Granon. On this Tour, everything can be played everywhere. The question for a champion is’ Where am I going win? ‘, but above all’ Where am I not going to lose it? ‘It will be possible to lose it absolutely everywhere: on the giant bridges of Denmark from the second day with 18 of the last 20 kilometers over the Baltic Sea , in the wind going towards Calais, on the cobblestones before Arenberg, etc. We will have to try to win it mainly in the mountains of course “, also summed up the boss of the Tour.

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