the 11 steps you can’t miss

Wind, drops, cobblestones, rain … If the Tour de France can be won in certain stages, especially in the mountains or in the time trial, it can be lost every day, as the leader of the biggest cycling race in the world. , Christian Prudhomme, during the presentation of a 109th edition that should not be an exception to the rule.

Last year, like a Lance Armstrong or a Chris Froome in the past, Tadej Pogacar took power from the 8th stage, the first in the Alps, to never leave the yellow jersey until he arrived in Paris. On the other hand, in 2020, during his first coronation at just 21 years old, the Slovenian had reached his compatriot Primoz Roglic during the time before his arrival, at the Planche des Belles Filles.

La Planche is still scheduled this year, under the name Super Planche, and there will still be a time trial to clear positions on the eve of arrival, if necessary. here are the 11 key stages in the race for the yellow jersey, the ones you should not missfor both runners and spectators.

1. Friday, July 1: prologue in Copenhagen

A short time trial as the first stage, thee Tour had not offered any since 2017, during a trip to Germany, to Düsseldorf. 14 km long, it was won by the British Geraint Thomas – Froome won in Paris. Last year, Pogacar was the fastest during the first lap of 27.2 km. Will he still be the strongest? 13.2 km on the streets of Copenhagen to adorn your entrance with yellow?

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 1st stage

Credits: Laurence SAUBADU, Vincent LEFAI / AFP

2. Saturday July 2: 18 km over the sea

The second part of the Danish triptych, 202.2 km long between Roskilde and Nyborg, will offer an impressive visual spectacle at its end, with 18 km over the sea. on a surreal bridge called the Great Belt, which connects two of the country’s largest islands, Seeland and Funen. For runners, the risk of gusts of wind is high, warns Prudhomme. The favorites could already be trapped by the sidewalks.

Tour de France 2022: the route of the 2nd stage

Tour de France 2022: the route of the 2nd stage

Credits: Vincent LEFAI, Sophie RAMIS, Jean-Michel CORNU / AFP

3. Wednesday, July 6: The North Cobblestones

They had caused the fall of Froome in 2018. The legendary cobblestone sectors of northern France return to the Tour in the second part of the stage between Lille Métropole and Arenbeg – Porte du Hainaut. They are 11 in number, including five unpublished ones even Paris-Roubaixfor a total of 19.4 km.

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 5th stage

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 5th stage

Credits: Laurence SAUBADU, Vincent LEFAI / AFP

4. Friday, July 8: The Super Board of Beautiful Girls

After a stage called “mountainous” between Binche and Longwy (219.9 km with two climbs of 3rd category and one of 4th category), comes the moment of the great novelty of the last 10 years: the Planche des Belles Filles, summit of the southern Vosges. massive ..

But this time, and like in 2019, the final climb classified in 1st category (7 km with an average difference of 8.7%) is available in a “Super” version: 1 km of additional ascent with a step to 20% and an unpaved section.

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 7th stage

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 7th stage

Credits: Laurence SAUBADU, Vincent LEFAI / AFP

5. Sunday 10 July: entrance to the Alps

The approach to the Alps is made by a stage of 186.3 km between Dole and Lausanne (two ascents of 4th category, two of 3rd). The next day, departure from Aigle, still in Switzerland, for 192.9 km towards Châtel – Portes du Soleil, in Haute-Savoie.

After the Col des Mosses (2nd category, 13.3 km at 4.1%), the peloton faces two 1st category: the Coll de la Croix (8.1 km at 7.6%) and then the Pas de Morgins (15.4 km at 6.1%).the summit of which precedes the arrival 10 km, with a short descent followed by an ascent to the station.

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 9th stage

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 9th stage

Credits: Vincent LEFAI, Sophie RAMIS, Sabrina BLANCHARD / AFP

6. Wednesday 13 July: the first uncategorized season tickets

Monday 11 July will be dedicated to a day of rest in Morzine, Tuesday 12 July to a short mountain stage rather than pure mountain between Morzine and Megève (148.1 km), with a final climb classified in 2nd category (19, 2 km at 4.1%). ). An aperitif before the heavy program the next day between Albertville and Serre Chevalier (151.7 km).

Appears for the first time in 2015, aesthetics Lacets de Montvernier (2nd category, 3.4 km to 8.2%) return for the third time at the beginning of the course. Then there is the Col du Télégraphe (1st category, 11.9 km at 7.1%), the Col du Galibier (out of category, 17.7 km at 6.9%) and finally the Col du Granon (out of category, 11, 3 km at 9.2%) reach 2,413 m. Great battle expected between the leaders.

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 11th stage

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 11th stage

Credits: Vincent LEFAI, Sophie RAMIS, Sabrina BLANCHARD / AFP

7. Thursday 14 July: Alpe d’Huez

Undoubtedly, the queen stage of this Tour, the National Day, with category of three horses in the final climb to the Alpe d’Huez (13.8 km at 8.1%), its 21 cords, its delirious people. This monument has not been on the program since 2018, with a success from future winner Geraint Thomas.

This will be the 32nd ascent of the “Alpe” of the Tour. Thibaut Pinot had won in 2015, Christophe Riblon in 2013, Pierre Rolland in 2011. But beware, there are two huge pieces to swallow beforehand, after the departure of Briançon: once again the Galibier (23 km at 5.1%) then the Croix de Fer (29 km at 5.2%).

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 12th stage

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 12th stage

Credits: Vincent LEFAI, Sabrina BLANCHARD, Paz PIZARRO / AFP

8. Tuesday 19 July: two 1st category season tickets before Foix

The Alps-Pyrenees transition will be made by the stages Bourg d’Oisans – Saint-Étienne (192.6 km, two of 3rd category, one of 2nd), Saint-Étienne – Mende (192.5 km, four of 3rd category, one of 2nd) and Rodez – Carcassonne (202.5 km, a 3rd category, a 2nd), before the second day of rest.

From Carcassonne, the runners will go to Foix (178.5 km), with two 1st category ski passes to climb in the last third of the route: the Port of Lers (11.4 km at 7%) and the Mur de Péguère (9.3 km at 7.9%).. Those who had difficulty restarting the machine at the beginning of the third week could leave feathers.

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 16th stage

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 16th stage

Credits: Vincent LEFAI, Sabrina BLANCHARD / AFP

9. Wednesday 20 July: first Pyrenean stage

There is still no out of category in this real first Pyrenean stage, but in new final in altitude (8 km to 7.8%) towards theAltiport de Peyragudesassociated with James Bond tomorrow never dies since 1997 and with the history of the Tour since 2012. In 2017, Romain Bardet won, and Chris Froome was forced to hand over the yellow jersey to Fabio Aru.

It will be necessary to glue the Col d’Aspin (1st category, 12 km at 6.5%), Hourquette d’Ancizan (2nd category, 8.2 km at 5.1%) and the Coll de Val Louron-Azet (1st category, 10.7 km at 6.8%) in a short distance (129.7 km), conducive to entertainment in majestic environments.

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 17th stage

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 17th stage

Credits: Vincent LEFAI, Sabrina BLANCHARD / AFP

10. Thursday, July 21: Aubisque and Hautacam

If they still have the strength, here’s the last yard of climbers who would like to knock down the hierarchy, or throw the point home and grab as much margin as possible before the Rocamadour time trial (read below). Two monuments out of category surround the Col de Spandelles (1st category, 10.3 km to 8.3%): Aubisque (16.4 km to 7.1%) and Hautacam (13.6 km to 7.8%) .to finish the summit.

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 18th stage

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 18th stage

Credits: Vincent LEFAI, Sabrina BLANCHARD, Paz PIZARRO / AFP

11. Saturday, July 23: The final stopwatch

A final time trial 40.7 km in Lot between Lacapelle-Marival and Rocamadour knock down the table like Pogacar in 2020? Managing leadership like the same Slovenian last year between Libourne and Saint-Émilion (30.8 km)? 8th in a stage won by Belgian Wout Van Aert, UAE Team Emirates rider had yielded just 25 seconds to his runner-up in Paris, Dane Jonas Vingegaard, who dropped to 5 minutes 20 at the end.

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 20th stage

Tour de France 2022: the profile of the 20th stage

Credits: Vincent LEFAI, Paz PIZARRO / AFP

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