Tour de France 2021: The keys to the Tour de France 2022: Wind, cobblestones, Alpe d'Huez and Pyrenean classics

EThe wind, the cobblestones, the return of the Col de Granon and Alpe d’Huez and the Pyrenean classics Peyregudes and Hautacam They will be on the menu for the next edition of the Tour de France, which will begin on July 1, 2022 in Copenhagen and whose route was announced this Thursday. The northernmost edition of the race, which in 2023 will celebrate 120 years with a start in Bilbao, will cross four mountain ranges, the Vogos, the Alps, the Massif Central and the Pyrenees, and four countries, Denmark, France, Belgium and Switzerland next year.

Six flat stages, seven rugged and six high mountains, with five high finishes, two individual time trials make up a route of more than 3,200 kilometers that culminates on July 24 with the traditional walk through the Champs Elysées in Paris. The peloton will climb fewer ports than in the last edition, which ended with the victory of the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, but will have more arrivals in high, 5 and a similar mileage in the fight against the clock.

The wind and the cobblestones will be the judges of the first week, which ends with the ascent to La Planche des Belles Filles, the first mountain arrival.

The second, which will take place in part in Switzerland, will be marked by the Alps, which have two key moments, the return to Col de Granon, ascended only in 1986 and which promises to be one of the sensations of the edition, on the eve of the arrival at Alpe d’Huez, after four years of absence.

The return of Alpe D? Huez

Never, since the 70s, have the 21 curves of the most popular of the Tour climbs been absent from the route for so many years, so the organizers have decided to return and do it on July 14, the day of the French national holiday.

The Tour will head south, where the third week, after a trip through the Central Massif, they will end in the Pyrenees, with two arrivals aloft, in Peyragudes and in Hautacam.

Everything remains pending the last time trial, 40 rough kilometers ending at the Rocamadour sanctuary.

“It is a Tour that has many traps. There are many places where you can get lost and, obviously, you have to go to win it in the mountains,” said the event director Christian Prudhomme.

The race will start with 11 kilometers against the clock through the streets of Copenhagen on a Friday, something exceptional to allow a day of transfer to France.

The second stage will be marked by the wind, with 18 of the last 20 kilometers over the Baltic, taking advantage of the marine bridges that Denmark has, before a third day that must be judged by the “sprint”.

After the transfer to France, the wind will be key again in the fourth stage, which runs partly in front of the English Channel, before the cobblestones make an appearance in the fifth.

It is about 19 kilometers divided into 11 cobbled sectors, five of them untouched, which will give excitement to the stage between Lille and Arenberg.

The greats of cycling

The organization also wanted to look for rugged finishes, conducive to powerful and brave riders, such as the Dutch Mathieu van der Poel, the Belgian Wout van Aert and the French Julien Alaphilippe, winner of the last two World Cups, which largely marked the last edition. .

“We have the Federer, Nadal and Djokovic of cycling, we have to take advantage of it,” said Prudhomme, who noted four good stages for his profile, the sixth ending in Lowny, the eighth in Lausanne, the tenth in Megve and the fourteenth in Mende. .

All of them have a steep finish, but the race will be won, in the high peaks, such as Granon, with its 11.3 kilometers at 9.2% slope and whose summit is located at 2,413 meters, the second highest in history. , only surpassed by the Galibier (2,642 meters), which will also be ascended that day.

The scene of a peak duel in 1986 between the American Greg Lemond and the French Bernard Hinault, who wore the yellow jersey for the last time, the stage ended with the triumph of the Spaniard Eduardo Chozas.

The Alpe d’Huez, which will ascend after the Galibier, for the second time, and the Croix de Fer, will be another important point, as well as the two high-altitude arrivals in the Pyrenees, Peyregudes, after the Aspin, Ancizan and Louron, and Hautacam, after the Aubisque and the Indian Spandelles.

ALL STAGES OF THE 2022 TOUR OF FRANCE:

Stage Date Traveled Kilometers

.1. 07/01 Copenhagen – Copenhagen (CRI) 13

.2. 02/07 Roskilde – Nyborg 199

.3. 03/07 Vijle – Sonderborg 182

04/07 Transfer to France

.4. 07/05 Dunkirk – Calais 172

.5. 06/07 Lille – Arenbert 155

.6. 07/07 Binche – Longwy 220

.7. 07/08 Tomblaine – The Board of the Beautiful Girls 176

.8. 07/09 Dole – Lausanne 184

.9. 10/07 Aigle – Chtel 183

07/11 Rest in Morzine

10. 12/07 Morzine – Megve 148

11. 13/07 Albertville – Col du Granon 149

12. 07/14 Brianon – Alpe d’Huez 166

13. 15/07 Bourg d’Oisans – Saint-Etienne 193

14. 16/07 Saint-Etienne – Mende 195

15. 17/07 Rodez – Carcassonne 200

18/07 Rest in Carcassonne

16. 19/07 Carcassonne – Foix 179

17. 20/07 Saint-Gaudens – Peyragudes 130

18. 21/07 Lourdes – Hautacam 143

19. 22/07 Castelnau-Magnoac – Cahors 189

20. 07/23 Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour (CRI) 40

21 24/07 La Dfense – Pars 112.

The Women’s Tour is born to stay

The first edition of the Women’s Tour de France, whose route was presented this Thursday, to start the day of the men’s arrival in Paris and has been designed by the organizers with the intention of lasting over time. The runners will complete in eight stages just over 1,000 kilometers between the Eiffel Tower, which will mark the exit of the edition, and La Planche des Belles Filles, the already mythical peak of the Vosges, which will mark the final winner. On the way there are four flat stages, including an original crossing through unpaved roads between the vineyards of Champaa, two rugged and two mountain, with a high finish.

In five of the eight stages the platoon will make a circuit in the final stage, to attract more attention from the public.

The race will start shortly before the arrival of the Men’s Tour to the Champs Elysées and share the finish line with them, although at an earlier time. “The idea is to take advantage of the medical pull of the men’s Tour to attract media attention to the women’s,” said the organization’s cycling director, Christian Prudhomme. Directed by former French champion Marion Rousse, a popular face for having been a commentator for the Men’s Tour on French television for years, the race hopes to establish itself on the media scene. “The idea is to find the economic balance so that, one day, we can celebrate the centenary of this test,” says Prudhomme, satisfied with the number of sponsors that the first edition has attracted and expectant about the media attention that the test will attract.

In a test of eight days, somewhat shorter than the Women’s Giro, the Tour had to bet on a single massif and, due to its proximity to Paris, they chose the Vosges, which will experience the final apotheosis.

On the way east, they will begin with a flat and nervous tour through the streets of Paris, between the tower Eiffel and the Champs Elysées, they will continue with 135 flat kilometers between Meaux and Provins.

The first mountainous difficulties will arrive in the third stage, the first rough profile in the middle of Champaa, between Reims and Pernay, before tackling the unpaved sections between Troyes and Bar-sur-Aube. There will be four that total almost 13 kilometers in the last 60 of the 126 stage.

The fifth stage is flat but long, 175 kilometers, 15 more than authorized for a women’s race, for which they have had to request a special permit from the International Cycling Union (UCI). The rugged terrain return on matchday six, ending in Rosheim and several heights in the course, prelude to the high mountain, which will arrive with a classic, the ascent to the Grand Ballon de Alsace, 13.5 kilometers at 6.7% slope although the goal will be downhill eight kilometers from the top . Before they will have had to overcome the Petit Ballon (9.3 kilometers at 8.1%) and Platzerwasel (13.5 kilometers at 6.7%). In total, more than 3,000 meters of unevenness as an aperitif of the queen stage, ending in La Planche des Belles Filles, 7 kilometers at 8.7% average slope, after having ascended the Ballon de Alsacia, the first pass that the Tour climbed in its history.

Stages of the 2022 Women’s Tour de France

Stages of the first edition of the Women’s Tour de France, whose first edition will be held in 2022 and which was presented this Thursday in Paris.

Stage Date Traveled Kilometers

1. 24/07 Pars – Pars 82

2. 25/07 Meaux – Provins 135

3. 26/07 Reims – pernay 133

4. 27/07 Troyes – Bar-sur-Aube 126

5. 28/07 Bar-le-Duc – Saint-Di-des-Vosges 175

6. 29/07 Saint-Di-des-Vosges – Rosheim 128

7. 30/07 Slestat – Le Markstein 127

8. 07/31 Lure – La Planche des Belles Filles 123.

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