For decades, the Tour de France 2022 has been regarded as the pinnacle of the cycling season. It spans three weeks in July and contains 21 stages, each with a different duration and style. Traditionally, it lasts over 23 days, covering around 3,500 kilometers, with two days of respite. However, the 2022 tour de France will be different as the race will run from July 1 to July 24.
In addition, because the Grand Départ and the first three stages of the race will occur in Denmark, the event’s organizer, Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), has allowed for one additional “transfer day,”. This extends the TDF 2022 race’s duration to 24 days and 3,328 kilometers.
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The Tour de France
Having started in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Yorkshire in the last decade, the Grand Départ for the Tour de France 2022 route will take place in Denmark. This is the tour de Francia race’s furthest location ever.
As per Tour de France dates, on July 1, 2022, a time trial in Copenhagen will kick things off. Following that, the cyclists will face two flat-road sprint stages, one from Roskilde to Nyborg and the other from Vejle to Sonderborg.
This year’s Tour de France schedule will have its first rest day on July 4, the earliest in its history, as it heads to Paris on July 24. The itinerary includes a stop at the cobblestones of northern France. The peak completes at La Planche des Belles Filles and Alpe d’Huez.
Tour de France Stages 2022
|STAGE||TYPE||DATE||START AND FINISH||DISTANCE|
|1||INDIVIDUAL TIME-TRIAL||FRI 07/01/2022||Copenhagen > Copenhagen||13.2 KM|
|2||FLAT||SAT 07/02/2022||Roskilde > Nyborg||202.5 KM|
|3||FLAT||SUN 07/03/2022||Vejle > Sønderborg||182 KM|
|4||HILLY||TUE 07/05/2022||Dunkirk > Calais||171.5 KM|
|5||HILLY||WED 07/06/2022||Lille Metropolis > Arenberg||154 KM|
|6||HILLY||THU 07/07/2022||Binche > Longwy||220 KM|
|7||MOUNTAIN||FRI 07/08/2022||Tomblaine > La Planche des Belles Filles||176.5 KM|
|8||HILLY||SAT 07/09/2022||Dole > Lausanne||186.5 KM|
|9||MOUNTAIN||SUN 07/10/2022||Aigle > Châtel The Portes Du Soleil||193 KM|
|-||REST DAY||MON 07/11/2022||Morzine The Portes Du Soleil|
|10||HILLY||TUE 07/12/2022||Morzine The Portes Du Soleil > Megève||148.5 KM|
|11||MOUNTAIN||WED 07/13/2022||Albertville > Col du Granon Serre Chevalier||152 KM|
|12||MOUNTAIN||THU 07/14/2022||Briancon > Alpe D’huez||165.5 KM|
|13||FLAT||FRI 07/15/2022||Le Bourg D’oisans > Saint-Etienne||193 KM|
|14||HILLY||SAT 07/16/2022||Saint-Etienne > Mende||192.5 KM|
|15||FLAT||SUN 07/17/2022||Rodez > Carcassonne||202.5 KM|
|-||REST DAY||MON 07/18/2022||Carcassonne|
|16||HILLY||TUE 07/19/2022||Carcassonne> Foix||178.5 KM|
|17||MOUNTAIN||WED 07/20/2022||Saint-Gaudens > Peyragudes||130 KM|
|18||MOUNTAIN||THU 07/21/2022||Lourdes > Hautacam||143.5 KM|
|19||FLAT||FRI 07/22/2022||Castelnau-Magnoac > Cahors||188.5 KM|
|20||INDIVIDUAL TIME-TRIAL||SAT 07/23/2022||Lacapelle-Marival > Rocamadour||40.7 KM|
|21||FLAT||SUN 07/24/2022||Paris La Defense Arena > Paris Champs-Élysées||116 KM|
The 2022 Tour de France Route
In Copenhagen, riders will start the three-week Tour de France 2022 with a 13-kilometer time trial. Then, on stage 5, the riders will return to the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix and finish with a mountain finish at La Planche des Belles Filles. Next, we’ll go back to L’Alpe d’Huez and more Pyrenees summits. Finally, the last part of the Tour de France route in 2022 will be a 40-kilometer time trial.
The TDF 2022 will start in Copenhagen after a one-year delay because of a conflict with the European Football Championships held in Copenhagen the same year. After two flat stages and a time trial in the city center on Friday, July 1, there will be an early rest day on July 4.
The 2022 Tour de France starts on Tuesday. The first stage is on the northern coast of France and has 19.4 kilometers of famous Paris-Roubaix cobblestones. Stage 6 starts in Binche, Belgium, and goes south through Luxembourg until it ends in Longwy, France. Stage 7 of this year’s race ends at Super Planche des Belles Filles. The Tour will go through the rough southern part of Switzerland this weekend.
In week 2, there are three Alpine mountain stages. Then, on Bastille Day, Stage 12 takes the Tour de France riders to L’Alpe d’Huez for the first time in four years. Then, on July 18, the sprinters will have a day off in Carcassonne after three perfect stages.
In the third and final week of the Tour de France, stages 17 and 18 ended at the top of a mountain, first at Peyragudes and then at Hautacam. It will happen on July 23 in the towns of Lacapelle and Rocamadour, and cyclists will arrive in Paris on Sunday morning for the usual Tour de France finish around Paris.
TOUR DE FRANCE 2022 ROUTE LOCATIONS AND DATES:
In 2022, the Tour de France will start in the beautiful Danish capital of Copenhagen. It always ends in Paris, which is the capital of France.
- Copenhagen (Denmark) / July 1
- Roskilde to Nyborg (Denmark) / July 2
- Vejle to Sønderborg (Denmark) / July 3
- Dunkirk to Calais (France) / July 5
- Lille Metropolis to Arenberg (France) / July 6
- Binche (Belgium) to Longwy (France) / July 7
- Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles (France) / July 8
- Dole to Lausanne (Switzerland) / July 9
- Aigle (Switzerland) to Châtel The Portes Du Soleil (France) / July 10
- Morzine The Portes Du Soleil (France) / REST DAY / July 11
- Morzine The Portes Du Soleil to Megève (France) / July 12
- Albertville to Col du Granon Serre Chevalier (France) / July 13
- Briancon to Alpe D’huez (France) / July 14
- Le Bourg D’oisans to Saint-Etienne (France) / July 15
- Saint-Etienne to Mende (France) / July 16
- Rodez to Carcassonne (France) / July 17
- Carcassonne (France) / REST DAY / July 18
- Carcassonne to Foix (France) / July 19
- Saint-Gaudens to Peyragudes (France) / July 20
- Lourdes to Hautacam (France) / July 21
- Castelnau-Magnoac to Cahors (France) / July 22
- Lacapelle-Marival to Rocamadour (France) / July 23
- Paris La Defense Arena to Paris Champs-Élysées (France) / July 24
How far is the route?
What the Tour de France lacks in total mileage, it more than makes up for in the variety of days and challenging terrain it provides. According to the Tour de France official website, there will be 3,328 kilometers of cycling. This is the smallest distance since 1997.
It’s not only the vast distance of the 24-day Grand Tour that creates difficulties for the approximately 200 cyclists who are slated to participate. In addition to the grueling ascents of the Alps and the Pyrenees, there is also the problem of elevation gain. It is a pretty different concept defined in meters of the Tour de France stages.
This is the equivalent of ascending Mount Everest five and a half times a day. Stage 11 alone is responsible for more than half of Everest’s elevation rise, with a total elevation gain of 4,692 meters.
Even in the most straightforward parts of the race, there are dangers that the Tour de France competitors must be aware of. The fifth stage of the event covers 19.4 kilometers of asphalt, which adds up to 53 kilometers of racing against the clock. The Tour of Denmark will span 394 kilometers in total length in 2022. Belgium is visited on stage 5 and Switzerland on stages 9 and 10 of the 2022 itinerary, totaling four nations.
Top 5 Toughest Tour de France Riders
1st: Tadej Pogačar- UAE Team Emirates
Following Tirreno-Adriatico, Pogačar has shifted his focus to pursuing Monuments as a side hustle. However, unlike in the Grand Tours, a one-day racer’s position of strength doesn’t ensure victory in one-day races like Milan-San Remo and Flanders.
2nd: Primoz Roglič- Jumbo-Visma
While Roglič is still the person most likely to dethrone Pogačar’s reign of supremacy in July, a knee injury at Itzulia Basque Country hurt his Tour de France standings chance. Though his participation had been in question, the Slovenian’s initial time trial win signaled that everything would go according to plan.
3rd: Jonas Vingegaard- Jumbo-Visma
Vingegaard took the reins of Itzulia Basque Country in the closing days of the tournament after Roglič was sidelined by injury. Even though he had previously surpassed Pogačar in Tirreno-Adriatico, the Dane was again the best of the rest, closely following Remco Evenepoel’s key move on the penultimate stage. However, his collision with Vlasov on the tough final climb posed challenges.
4th: Daniel Martínez- Ineos Grenadiers
When Martinez appeared on Egan Bernal’s behalf in the last week of last year’s Tour de France. It was clear that the Colombian had the potential to fight for one of cycling’s most prestigious races on his own.
5th: Adam Yates- Ineos Grenadiers
Following a disappointing initial season with Ineos, Adam Yates is expected to be a vital member of the British team this year. After Egan Bernal’s tragic training accident, he was named team captain. He started the season brightly, fighting toe-to-toe with Pogačar at the Emirates Tour.
Tour de France Participating Teams
- AG2R Citroën Team
- Alpecin – Fenix
- Astana Qazaqstan Team
- B&B Hotels – KTM
- Bahrain Victorious
- Bora – Hansgrohe
- EF Education – Easypost
- Groupama – FDJ
- Ineos Grenadiers
- Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux
- Israel – Premier Tech
- Jumbo – Visma
- Lotto Soudal
- Movistar Team
- Quick – Step Alpha Vinyl Team
- Team Arkea – Samsic
- Team BikeExchange – Jayco
- Team DSM
- Trek – Segafredo
- UAE Team Emirates
Quick Tour de France History
According to cycling history, the Tour de France has been more difficult as the peloton’s access to better nutrition, clothing, and equipment has increased. However, this isn’t entirely accurate. And though the number of cycles has grown, overall distances have decreased.
The first three Tours de France were all under 3000 kilometers in length. However, the shortest Tour de France finish ever were the first two editions of the race, each 2,428 kilometers long. Although they broke down this distance into six phases, it’s worth mentioning.
In the following months and years, the entire distance grew much more. Riders averaged more than 5,000 kilometers per year between 1911 and 1929. When the 1926 Tour de France reached a staggering 5,745 kilometers, it set a new record for distance.
As long as this was the case, the total kilometers remained more than 4000 kilometers.
Extremes abound in both the Giro and Vuelta’s race TDF standings. At 4,337 kilometers in length, the 1954 Giro d’Italia was the longest, and at 4,407 kilometers in length, the longest Vuelta was. But, in the end, none can match the Tour de France’s colossal distances from the past.
This holds for the duration of each step as well. It’s hard to believe that the biggest stage of the Tour de France this year is just 220 kilometers long from Binche to Longwy.
Over two times as far as this year’s longest stage would take the riders, the Tour’s fifth stage in 1919 had a total length of 482 kilometers. The longest stages of the Giro and Vuelta are 430 kilometers and 310 kilometers, respectively, making the Tour de France the ultimate Grand Tour.
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Tour de France FAQs
How long is the Tour de France?
The annual Tour de France is the most-watched athletic event globally every year. For 23 days, over 200 bikers pedaled more than 2,000 miles. In addition to France’s towns, cities, and countryside, the race frequently begins in other countries.
How many miles is the Tour de France?
Around 2000 miles
How many riders are in Tour de France?
The Tour de France is a team sport where 198 riders compete in 22 nine-man teams. During 21 days in July, cyclists travel 3,500 kilometers on a race route.
Where is the Tour de France today?
This year’s Tour de France route will take place in Denmark
How many stages in Tour de France?
There will be 21 stages. Six of which are flat, seven levels of varying difficulty, six mountain stages with five summit finishes (Alpe d’Huez, Col du Granon, Hautacam, Peyragudes)
Who is the woman who caused the tour de France crash?
Twenty-eight kilometers from the finish line of the first stage, between Brest and Landerneau in northwest France, German rider Tony Martin touched her and collapsed. This set off a chain reaction accident involving several riders.