According to our colleagues from The voice of the North, the city of Binche should once again host the start of a stage of the Grande Boucle in 2022. Two years ago, the city of Gille had already hosted the start of the third stage of the Tour de France in the wake of the Grand Departure from Brussels. The Binchois mayor, Laurent Devin, will be present at the Palais des Congrès in Paris to attend the presentation of the Tour de France route this Thursday, according to our information.
After three days in Denmark for the Grand Départ, the Tour should return to France with a fourth stage drawn between Dunkirk and Calais on Tuesday July 5, the day after the first day of rest to allow the caravan to make the journey from Denmark.
The next day, the riders will have to face the cobblestones of the north with an “inverted Paris-Roubaix” in a stage drawn between Lille and Wallers.
The Tour will then stop at Binche for the start of the 6th stage, on July 7th. But rather than heading back down directly to the south for an arrival in the Nord department, this stage should head east with a possible arrival in Longwy, not far from the border between Belgium, France and Luxembourg. Before transplanting to the Vosges and a new arrival at the Planche des Belles Filles for the sixth time in 11 years.
The precise details of the route of this “Belgian” stage are not yet known but it is a safe bet that it should cross a large part of Wallonia. These details will therefore be unveiled this Thursday when Christian Prud’homme officially announces the contours of the Tour 2022 route.