Saturday, January 22

Tour 2022 will have cobblestones and will go up to Alpe d’Huez and Hautacam

This newspaper has already been able to gather the layout of the Tour 2022 after consulting the local editions of the main French regional newspapers (‘La Voix du Nord’, ‘L’Est Républicain’, ‘Le Dauphiné’ and ‘La Dépêche du Midi’), as well as the website of the station ‘France Bleu’ and Velowire’s specialized cycling page, which has already confirmed all the stage finals and that it takes more than a decade without missing the route before its official presentation. Likewise, the end of the stage and the three days of rest – next year one more due to the transfer from Denmark to France – are established after checking the online reservations of the cadena Accor (Novotel, Mercure and Ibis) which is the one generally used by the Tour for teams, management and caravan to spend the night in the candidate cities to host the race. On the days indicated there are no more rooms and the little offer that is offered is made to a much more expensive price than the rest of the days of July 2022.

Thus it can be specified that the Tour will rest in Little, after returning from Denmark (July 4, first Monday in the French sun), Morzine (Monday, day 11) and Carcassonne-Narbonne (Monday, 18). In Denmark, in what will be the furthest outing in France since the race was created in 1903, there will be three stages, already made official by the organization, in an outing that was scheduled for this year but that was postponed due to the Eurocup and the pandemic. On Danish roads, without major orographic obstacles, the favorites must be very aware of the wind, especially in the second stage where they will cross the great belt bridge, the third longest in the world with 16 kilometers is the longest in Europe.

Already in France, after a ‘walk’ between Dunkirk and Calais, the great appointment with the cobblestones will be faced, confirmed by ‘La Voix du Nord’, between Lille and Wallers by the famous Arenberg forest, with several sections of ‘pavés’, which gives a crucial character to this day before heading towards the Beautiful Girls Board (arrival of July 8 confirmed by ‘France Bleu’) where in 2020 Tadej Pogacar knocked out Primoz Roglic and took the yellow jersey from one day in Paris although in the time trial mode.

From there you will take the road to the Alps passing through Lausanne and after resting in Morzine you will arrive at the famous station Megeve bordering the Mont Blanc, before the two alpine arrivals aloft (confirmed by ‘Le Dauphiné’) to Granon, in the Serre Chevalier ski area, where he won Eduardo Chozas in 1986 and Alpe d’Huez, the July 14, French national holiday, which suggests an avalanche of public in the famous 21 curves that take cyclists to the summit.

Victories of Purito and Omar Fraile in Mende

Then a transition will take place in Saint Etienne to go to Century and face the 3-kilometer climb to its aerodrome where Purito Rodríguez (2010) and Omar friar (2018, last Spanish victory in the Tour).

The third week, with the caravan of the race resting divided between Narbona and Carcasona) will host all the Pyrenean prominence (just like this year the Pyrenees will come after the Alps) with an arrival at Foix and two high finishes (Peyragudes and Hautacam) confirmed by ‘La Dépêche du Midi’.

The stage of Peyragudes will end in your altipad where one of the most famous scenes of the delivery of James Bond ‘Tomorrow never dies’ starring Pierce Brosnan. It will be the same goal of 2017, with ramps of 17% where Chris Froome lost a few seconds and some controversy arose for Mikel Landa, then his gregarious, did not expect it, although the truth could have done little.

The Pyrenean queen stage between Lourdes and the summit of Hautacam (where in 1996 Miguel Indurain said goodbye to the sixth consecutive victory in Paris) will dispense with the Tourmalet to present a new jewel in the Pyrenean crown called Spandelles.

The Tour will end on the Champs Elysees in Paris on Sunday, July 24, the same day the female french round, which returns to the international calendar with eight stages and the best riders in the world.

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