The next Tour de France, which will leave Denmark on July 1, will stop at Alpe d’Huez on July 14, 2022, National Day, four years after its last visit, its organizers announced on Thursday. Alpe d’Huez will be one of the five arrivals at the top of this high mountain-style Tour, which will end on July 24 on the Champs-Élysées. It will be the exact replica of the 1986 stage won by Bernard Hinault, hand in hand with the American Greg LeMond.
The route, which was unveiled by the director of the Tour Christian Prudhomme, divides its arrivals at the top into three massifs: one in the Vosges, at the top of the Planche des Belles Filles, two in the Alps, the Col du Granon and the ‘Alpe d’Huez, and two in the Pyrenees, at Peyragudes and Hautacam.
Between the start given from Copenhagen, the most northerly in the history of the event created in 1903, and the finish judged as usual on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the riders will pass through four countries (Denmark, France , Belgium, Switzerland). They will leave a day earlier than usual, a Friday, in order to allow the transfer to the north of France after the first three Danish days. They will then be entitled to a streak on the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix and stages especially favorable to the punchers in the first week, profiled for riders such as Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and the world champion Julian Alaphilippe.
The Granon pass, a first since Hinault
The race, as in 2021, will cross the Alps before the Pyrenees and will be definitively determined on the occasion of a 40-kilometer time trial scheduled in the medieval site of Rocamadour, an ancestral place of pilgrimage, on the eve of the ‘arrived in Paris. New to the route, the Pyrenean pass of Spandelles will precede the last ascent, the rise of Hautacam, three days from the end of Paris. In the Alps, the Col du Granon, at an altitude of 2,413 meters above the Serre-Chevalier resort, makes a symbolic comeback: it was only climbed in the race on July 20, 1986 for the last appearance in Bernard Hinault’s yellow jersey, the last French winner of the event (1985).
According to the details of the organizers, the alternation is between six stages of plain, seven hilly and six mountain, as well as two individual time trials with a total distance of 53 kilometers (against 58 km in 2021 and 36, 2 km in 2020).
The stages of the Tour de France 2022
1st of July : 1st stage Copenhagen – Copenhagen, 13 km (individual time trial)
July 2nd : 2nd stage Roskilde (Denmark) – Nyborg (Denmark), 199 km
July 3 : 3rd stage Vejle (Denmark) – Sönderborg (Denmark), 182 km
4th July : transfer
July the 5th : 4th stage Dunkirk – Calais, 172 km
July 6: 5th stage Lille Métropole – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 155 km
July 7: 6th stage Binche (Belgium) – Longwy, 220 km
July 8: 7th stage Tomblaine – The super Planche des Belles Filles, 176 km
July 9th : 8th stage Dole – Lausanne (Switzerland), 184 km
July 10: 9th stage Aigle (Switzerland) – Châtel, 183 km
11 July : rest in Morzine
July 12: 10th stage Morzine – Megève, 148 km
July 13: 11th stage Albertville – Col du Granon, 149 km
July 14th : 12th stage Briançon – Alpe d’Huez, 166 km
July 15th : 13th stage Bourg d’Oisans – Saint-Étienne, 193 km
July 16: 14th stage Saint-Étienne – Mende, 195 km
July 17: 15th stage Rodez – Carcassonne, 200 km
July 18: rest in Carcassonne
July 19: 16th stage Carcassonne – Foix, 179 km
July 20: 17th stage Saint-Gaudens – Peyragudes, 130 km
July 21: 18th stage Lourdes – Hautacam, 143 km
22nd of July : 19th stage Castelnau-Magnoac – Cahors, 189 km
July 23: 20th stage Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour, 40 km (individual time trial)
July 24: 21st stage Paris La Défense Arena – Paris Champs-Élysées, 112 km