The organizing company of the Tour de France, ASO, unveiled the route of the 2022 edition in Paris on Thursday. In the men, the peloton will have to resist a mountainous course while in the women the first edition will give pride of place to the east of France.
Weeks of speculation, clues and finally the revelation! The veil was lifted, Thursday, October 14, on the route of the Tour de France 2022, which will take place between July 1 and July 24.
The presentation of the Tour de France was preceded, for the first time, by that of the Tour de France Women, a highly anticipated creation, whose route was announced by Marion Rousse, newly appointed director of the event. The event will start on July 24 and will end 8 stages later on July 31.
France 24, live from the Palais des Congrès
♦ The route of the two Tours de France
♦ 1:05 p.m .: a final time trial for the road
The Tour will end with a time trial of around forty kilometers near Rocamadour. Finally, the last stage will be the traditional Champs-Elysées parade.
Stage 20 / Stage 20
🚩Lacapelle Marival – Rocamadour 🏁 40 km ⏱ (ITT) #TDF2022
🤩 Like in 2020 and 2021, the final battle for the GC will be played out in an ITT!
🤩As in 2020 and 2021, the last battle for the general classification will take place during an individual time trial! pic.twitter.com/a2LpFLArq2
– Tour de France ™ (@LeTour) October 14, 2021
♦ 1 p.m .: triptych in the Pyrenees
After three flatter stages between Bourg-d’Oisans and Saint-Étienne, Saint-Étienne and Mende, then Rodez and Carcassone, as well as a day of rest, the runners will return to the mountains in the Pyrenees. On July 19, they will join Foix from Carcassonne, passing through the Port of Lers and then the Mur de Péguère, with 9.3 kilometers at 7.9%.
They will then continue with two arrivals at the top, at the Peyragudes altiport, where Romain Bardet had triumphed in 2017, then at Hautacam, at 1,520 meters above sea level.
♦ 12.55 p.m .: a very large alpine boulder
Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Télégraphe, Alpe d’Huez, Col du Granon… The Alps announce a generous menu for the peloton with the climbing of several passes which have made the legend of the Tour.
Note that the runners will discover the Col du Granon, more climbed since 1986 and the last yellow jersey of Bernard Hinault.
July 14, a national holiday, will be the great return of Alpe d’Huez and its 21 laces after four years of absence in the Grande Boucle.
🔎 Stage 12 / Stage 12 #TDF2022
⛰ Col de la Croix de Fer (29 km, 5.2%)
⛰ Alpe d’Huez (13.8 km, 8.1%)
💪 An exact replica of the 1986 stage, buil for climbers!
💪The exact replica of the 1986 stage, cut for pure climbers! pic.twitter.com/eRsaX5PMJf
– Tour de France ™ (@LeTour) October 14, 2021
♦ 12:50 p.m .: no jealousy between boys and girls
A few days before the girls, the riders will also bang their heads against the Super Planche des Belles filles at the end of stage 7.
♦ 12:45 p.m .: cobblestones on the menu
On stage 5, the riders will have to prove that they are comfortable on all surfaces since no less than 20 kilometers of cobblestones are on the program, with several new sectors for the Tour de France and even for Paris-Roubaix.
♦ 12:40 pm: a time trial and wind on the menu in Denmark
The Danish start of the Tour de France is likely to be lively. Between a 13 km prologue then stages with multiple risks of edges due to the wind, the leaders will have to be vigilant.
♦ 12:31 pm: “Now is the time to reveal the Tour de France route”
♦ 12:20 p.m .: Denmark’s place in the Tour de France
With Copenhagen, “the most cycling city in the world meets the biggest cycling event in the world”, says Christian Prudhomme.
Frederik from Denmark hopes that this big departure in Copenhagen will bring France and his country closer together. “The bicycle is part of our DNA”, insists the Danish sovereign.
♦ The complete route of the Tour de France Women
♦ 12:05 p.m .: the Vosges and the Super Planche des Belles filles as a justice of the peace
After two transition stages, the runners will rub shoulders with the Vosges for a final rich in difficulty. The penultimate stage will end at Markstein after passing through the Petit Ballon and the Grand Ballon.
The last one will take the peloton to the top of the Ballon d’Alsace, the first pass crossed by the Tour de France in 1905, before a finish judged at the top of the already legendary Planche des Belles filles in its “Super” version, that is to say extended by nearly two kilometers in a dirt road.
“It’s brutal as an ascent. There will be big gaps at the finish”, notes Marion Rousse
♦ 12 noon: tricky stages for the 3rd and 4th day
The Tour de France will continue with two stages which may create differences. The third between Reims and Epernay is designed for punchers with a final launching pad.
The next one between Troyes and Bar-Sur-Aube will contain white paths, enough to test the pilots’ talents of the riders.
“It will be an incredible stage. A stage of all the dangers”, says Marion Rousse.
♦ 12 noon: the first stop will take place on the Champs-Elysées
A first stop on a circuit in the heart of Paris. The morning of the arrival of the men’s Tour de France to offer maximum visibility to the new stage.
The second stage which should be settled by a sprint will take place in Seine-et-Marne between Meaux and Provins.
♦ 11:55 am: Marion Rousse introduces the route
“I am the first to be delighted with the evolution of women’s cycling. Since I stopped my career, there have never been so many teams and races. This future women’s Tour de France is a gem that I want to perpetuate. ‘
♦ 11:50 am: Christian Prudhomme presents the Women’s Tour
The boss of the Tour insists on the fact that the stake for the Tour de France Women is not so much to create this event as to make it sustainable. The latter will have eight stages and will take place between July 24 and July 31, 2022.
♦ 11:45 am: introduction by Jean-Etienne Amaury
The president of ASO is the first to speak: “Year after year, the popular success is undeniable. The direct contact between the public and the champions is the particularity of this sport.”
“In 2022 the Tour will start in Copenhagen, the most northerly Grand Départ ever. It is the most cycling city in the world. The Tour aims to promote cycling in the city and Copenhagen is the best example of this.”
♦ 11:30 a.m .: the ceremony begins
The ceremony begins with a presentation of the runners who have distinguished themselves on the roads of the Tour.
♦ 11 am: a ceremony to follow live
If you want to follow the ceremony live, it is broadcast on the Tour de France Twitter account.
♦ 10:50 a.m .: arrival at the Palais des Congrès
The doors of the amphitheater are now open for the guests of the ceremony. In a few minutes, Christian Prudhomme and Marion Rousse will reveal the routes of the two Tours de France.