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The Tour de France returns to the cobblestones of Alpe d’Huez and Paris-Roubaix in ’22

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he Tour de France 2022 will start in Copenhagen and will cross the famous ascent of Alpe d’Huez as well as the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix.

If physical condition permits, Tadej Pogacar will likely enter next year’s race as a big favorite for a third consecutive Tour title.

Pogacar was tipped this week by Eddy Merckx to surpass his record of five wins in the blue ribbon cycling event.

The candidacy of the 23-year-old Slovenian begins with a 13-kilometer time trial in the streets of the Danish capital, before moving onto the cobblestones.

The fifth stage crosses part of the Paris-Roubaix route for the first time in the race since 2018 when John Degenkolb was victorious. Chris Froome had previously abandoned the race on the cobblestones of the famous classic racecourse.

The race travels through the high mountains on stage 10 on a route linking the ski resorts of Morzine and Megève before ending the next day in another ski resort, Briançon, on the Col du Granon.

Stage 12 on July 14 sees the peloton tackle Alpe d’Huez for the first time since 2018, when Geraint Thomas won the stage en route to victory in the Tour.

Hautacam will host a stage finish a week later before a 40 km time trial on the penultimate day and the final procession to Paris.

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