October 14, 2021
Paris (Reuters) – The organizers of the Tour de France have designed a very dangerous route for the 2022 edition. This route features gusts, cobblestones and a ride on a mountain stage with penalties.
The race begins with a 13km individual time trial in Copenhagen, with the second stage crossing the 18km Great Belt Bridge to win protons.
“It’s windy here 364 days a year,” tour director Christian Prudhomme told reporters Thursday.
“This tour can be lost as early as the second day.”
Those who pass the Danish 3-day opening block and the 4th stage through the Flanders hills need to deal with the 5th stage through the cobblestone sector between Lille and Allen Berg.
That’s when light climbers are expected to suffer days that can be hit by crashes or mechanical damage due to tricky terrain, which usually favors day race specialists.
“To want to pass these stages and win the tour, you need to be a versatile rider and have a strong team at your disposal,” said Thierry Gvenou, deputy director of the tour.
The first test of the climber will take place in Stage 7, with the first finish of the five summit finishes at the top of the Planche de Belle Feel. Final time trial.
Pogačar, who defeated his rivals in the mountains in the previous edition, won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege-Girodiro Lombardia monument classic this year, proving that he is a powerful one-day classic rider by its very nature. bottom. It’s hard to see beyond him because of his route, tour favorites.
The race will reach its highest point at the top of a lung-destroying uphill to the Col du Galibier, 2,607 meters above sea level, after a penalty of 11.3 km. With an average gradient of 9.3%.
Stage 12 begins in Briançon and ends at the summit of the iconic Alpe d’Huez (8.1% at 13.8 km), with five-time winners Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond joining hands to cross the line in 1986. Follow the same route as the tour. Famous one-two.
The French said he would help his Ravi Claire team win the race after benefiting from the American help in the previous edition.
“Both will need to tour this stage next year,” Purdom said of a former rider.
After two brutal stages in the Pyrenees, the race will be completed with a 40km individual time trial in southwestern France and most of the procession to the Champs Elysees in Paris.
(Report by Julien Pretot, edited by Ken Ferris)
Cycling-2022 Tour de France completes wind, cobblestones and brutal peaks
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