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2022 Tour de France Route Revealed

Welcome to presentation of the biggest race in the world; The Tour de France! Three weeks that can end up becoming career defining for riders, teams & managers as the race has something for every type of rider should they be strong enough to beat their competitors. Last year’s edition was a historic win for Festina-OAKA's Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier who became the first French rider to win the race since the inaugural MG edition in 2007. With that out of the way let’s get into the fun stuff: the route!
Week 1


This year’s race is going to start in Southern Germany with a flat prologue in Friedrichshafen. The prologue is 4.7 kilometres long and should provide a good option for some of the specialists in the peloton, it should however not produce any meaningful GC gaps.

Stage 2 sees the peloton take on a 200km stage that should end up in a bunch sprint but does have a few bumps along the route that might tire some of the heavier sprinters.

Stage 3 brings on another relatively hilly sprint stage but with a massive descend towards the finish line into a light uphill finish it should be another stage for the sprinters to excel.

Stage 4, the final day in Germany, sees the peloton take on the first real climbs of the race, with the stage being rated hilly it might be tough to see the big differences being made in the GC, but it could be one of those stages where the race could be lost if you have a very bad day. Especially the first climb “Kandel” could be decisive as it is 12km of 7.6% average incline.

Stage 5 sees the race arrive in France with a 35km TTT, the second race against the clock of the first week. With the TTT starting in Mulhouse it is going to be finishing in Rougemont le Château the route is going to be slightly uphill on average without being notable.

Stage 6 is looking like the first real test of the GC favourites a 200km stage ending with a very short descent with 8 climbs along the way this could prove to be a very interesting stage to follow.

The final stage of the first week is a straightforward sprint stage that takes us from Vosges to Commercy, again not a pan flat transport stage and finishing on a relatively steep and short slope it could invite late attacks or an opportunity for some sprinters with a proficiency on the hills.

Week 2


Week 2 picks up the reins from the end of week 1 with two flat stages, however stage 8 is fielding a very tough uphill finish to Laon with an incline that should prove too steep for most sprinters. Stage 9 makes up for yesterday’s tough finish by producing a traditional sprint stage without much flair to it, making it an ideal opportunity for the traditional bunch sprint to unfold.

Stage 10 is a traditional transportation stage where spots in the breakaway are most likely going to be in high demand as the GC favourites are going take it easy before the fight for yellow truly begins.

While stage 11 is rated as a hilly stage the final climb might be tough enough for some riders to make a move in the GC with the final climb of RĂ©allon boasting and average incline of 6.9% over 11km.

Stage 12 is technically a MTF although the toughest climbs are not the final two if a breakaway is out in front Valberg could prove to be an exciting finish.

The final mountain stage of week 2 starts in Tineé and sees the peloton wind up in exclusive scenery as they take to the streets of Monaco, however the road to getting to sunny Monaco is very tough. Five tough climbs await the peloton on the 165.4km stage with the first two ones being the toughest by far, the first climb of the stage is the Col San-Martin which starts almost directly off after the end of the neutral zone with it being followed by Col de Turini before the peloton can rest for moment in time and take on some easier climbs to end the day.

Stage 14 is another 200km+ stage that should end in a bunch sprint as the riders get a well-deserved rest-day.

Week 3


While week two’s focal point was the Alps the final battle of the year’s Tour de France will be fought in the Pyrenees. Although that is not where we start the final week’s struggles. Stage 15 is a classic hilly breakaway stage that takes us from Anduze to Severac-le-Chateau. Then the final option for the sprinters before Paris presents itself with a trip to Carcassone with a finish with a smally incline before the sprint kicks off.

With these two stages out of the way the real fun starts! The third race against the clock of this year’s Tour de France takes place in Mirepoix on a 23.4km circuit where some of the weaker climbers will try to build a gap to best climbers in the world due to the three short but explosive mountain finishes await the peloton.

The first of these three stages take the peloton from Foix to the ski resort of Station de Nistos-Cap Nestès, prefaced by a few minor bumps on the road towards the final climb peaks at 14% incline with 6.5% average over its 15km of climbing. Stage 19 is another short affair of 144.4km so another day where the heavy men of the peloton will be fearing for their continuation. The stage that takes us from Laruns to Col de Bargagui features six categorised climbs that could offer a multitude of strategical options for the stronger teams, the third climb of the day is the Col de la Pierre-Saint-Martin, a climb that stretches across 22km with an average incline of 6.4% but peaks at over 20%, at least the peloton gets to enjoy a long descend where they can recoup some energy before the latter half of the stage takes place.

After quickly getting over climb 3 & 4 the peloton will have a long descend from Port de Larrau directly onto the final climb of the day, Col de Bagargui, which is an incredibly tough climb to take on especially with already tired legs. Bagargui boasts an 8.2% average incline over 10km with a peak of 22% this is a climb that will create decisive time gaps in the GC fight should the favourites want to race for the yellow jersey, or who knows maybe they will save some energy for the final mountain stage of the race.

If you thought that stage 19 was a rough one, well saddle up because we have an absolute blast of a stage on our hands to close out the GC fight of this year’s Tour! 163 kilometres of mountains closing out on the legendary Luz Ardiden. However, that is not going to be the toughest climb of the day in a vacuum just like the Vuelta is visiting Tourmalet this year, the Tour planners have decided to do the same.

Tourmalet is going to be the penultimate climb of the Tour following its long descend the riders will take on Luz Ardiden to fight the final battle for the yellow jersey! Luz Ardiden is toughest at the foot of the climb outside of that it is a very linear climb without any breaks or excessive increases in incline and could be the arena for the final battle of this year’s Tour de France. After a tough three weeks the riders will be able to roll into Paris. Most of the peloton will find respite and the sprinters will fight for their final glory and potentially even the green jersey!
Summary of the route:

8 flat
2 Hilly
2 Medium Mountain stages (1HTF)
6 Mountain Stages (4.5 MTF)
2 ITT (1 Prl one ITT, 28,1 km)
1 TTT (34km)
Edited by whitejersey on 28-07-2022 20:16
A Grand Depart in Germany, in my home state, you say? Cool
Great preview, thanks Smile Lots of MTFs on lesser known climbs, leaving the "legendary" ones for another year I guess Smile

I guess the first two weeks won't create huge time gaps, and with not even 30km of ITT it's pretty clear which rider type will be attracted most Pfft
So I'm hoping for a great final couple of days with everything still open in the GC - although I'm sure at least one other manager would prefer a different scenario Pfft
Thank you for the preview, whitejersey!

Agree with Fabianski, this looks to be made for a tense final week. You could argue there's only 2 MTF to create big gaps in the first two weeks, which hopefully sees a lot of riders in contention when the race gets to stage 18, 19 and 20. Those three stages should make for a brilliant final week of racing!
Ulrich Ulriksen
Thanks for the great preview. This race is mostly the Collaborative TDF done by PCM France a few years ago. Some really beautifully done stuff. My guess is they figured the famous climbs had all been made so purposely chose some lessor known ones.
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