On Thursday the veil that covers the route of the Tour de Francia 2022, which will begin on July 1 in Copenhagen, at the northernmost start in the centuries-old history of the most prestigious cycling race in the world.
Three stages in Denmark and one arrival at the Champs Elysees in Paris, on July 24, are the only certainties confirmed by ASO, the organizing company, which will officially announce the route of the ‘Grande Boucle’ at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.
Unlike last year, when the pandemic forced the organization to limit the event to a television broadcast, the ceremony regains its splendor and its renowned guests. Together with Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark, the double winner of the Tour, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, and the world champion, Julian Alaphilippe, will be present at a ceremony in which the long-awaited Tour de France will be presented for the first time feminine.
Marion Rousse, recently appointed director of the new event, and Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour since 2007, will reveal the details of the race before the route of the 109th edition of the race is revealed. Masculino tower.
The Tour would return to the mythical Alpe d’Huez, the mythical climb of 21 curves, after a four-year hiatus
As usual, there are rumors coming from the local and regional administrations that will host the passage of the Tour, from the hotel reservations, or the result of journalistic investigation.
The 1986 myth
The north, often synonymous with cobblestones, could welcome the Tour on its arrival in France after its Danish triptych. Then the Vosges, with the probable Planche des Belles Filles, a Tour classic in recent years since the first arrival in 2012, the Alps (the Granon and the Alpe d’Huez sound in the regional press) after a foray into Switzerland, and finally the Pyrenees, with a time trial one day before arriving in Paris.
Pending confirmation from Christian Prudhomme, the Tour would return to the mythical Alpe d’Huez, the mythical climb of 21 curves, after a four-year hiatus. Welshman Geraint Thomas was the winner at Oisans station and conquered the race in 2018.
As for the Granon, that port was only climbed once. In 1986, Bernard Hinault, who will attend the presentation on Thursday, gave his yellow jersey to American Greg LeMond. Both champions arrived hand in hand at Alpe d’Huez a day later at the end of a legendary stage (with the Galibier and the Croix-de-Fer).
How many arrivals in high places and large ports? How much will be devoted to the fight against the clock? What opportunities will sprinters and finishers have? There are many unanswered questions at the moment, although it is known that the first time trial in Copenhagen, through the long arteries of the Danish capital, will be 13 kilometers long. The second stage will cross the Grand Belt, an 18-kilometer bridge over the sea, in a spectacular finish towards Nyborg.
“There will be a good chance of having to battle in the midst of gusts of wind,” Christian Prudhomme already warned. The rest of the traps are still hidden.