Tour de France

A start in Binche and « an abundance of opportunities » for the team

The parcours of the Tour de France 2022 was presented this Thursday in the Palais des Congrès in Paris. After the edition of 2021 within the French borders, the 109th edition of the main cycling event in the world will take place in four different countries. The Grand Départ will be organized on the 1st of July in Denmark, before traveling to France for the fourth stage. Detours in Belgium and Switzerland will bring the peloton in the heart of the Alps and the Pyrenees. The Tour de France will be concluded on Sunday 24th of July by the traditional stage on the Champs-Elysées. 

The 21 stages of the Tour de France 2022 are divided as follows: two time trials, six flat stages, seven hilly stages and six mountain stages from which five with a summit finish.

The individual time trial of 13 kilometer through the streets of Copenhagen is the northernmost start in the history of the event and is followed by two more stages in Denmark through the wind in the heart of the fjords and a travel day. It is in Dunkirk that the peloton will land for the start of the fourth stage, for a first hilly stage in the north of France.

For the first time in four years, the riders will be confronted with 19.4 kilometer of cobble sections between Lille and Wallers-Arenberg, for a fifth stage inspired by Paris-Roubaix. The next day will be special for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, as Binche, city where the team’s heart beats, will host the start of the longest stage of 220 kilometer towards the finish on the Côte des Religieuses in Longwy.

Also the finish of the seventh stage holds nice memories for the Belgian team. The Super Planche des Belles Filles, where Xandro Meurisse finished 3rd in 2019, will be the battlefield of the first confrontation between the climbers in the Vosges. Afterwards, the riders make their entry in the Alps via two hilly stages in Switzerland and a rest day.

The second week starts with a crossing of the Haute-Savoie region and a finish on the Altiport of Megève, after 21 kilometer of climbing. The next day in the heart of the Alps, the peloton will have to cover the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier before finishing on top of the Col du Granon. The Col du Galibier is with its 2642 meter of altitude not only the highest point of this 109th edition, but it will also animate the next difficult stage on July 14th. This time, the climb precedes the Col de la Croix de Fer and a final on Alpe d’Huez.

Before the entry in the Pyrenees, two transition stages and a hilly finish in Mende precede the final rest day. A stage for baroudeurs in Foix goes ahead of two difficult stages in the Pyrenees: Peyresourde and Hautacam are the fourth and fifth uphill finishes of this edition, and both are preceded by other mythical climbs of the Tour, for example the Col d’Aspin, the Aubisque or Val Louron-Azet. The sprinters receive an opportunity in the nineteenth stage in Cahors, before an individual time trial of 40 kilometer which concludes the battle for the general classification, and the traditional closing stage in the capital.

« The beginning of this Tour de France, the fifth one for our team, promises to be very spectacular. A hierarchy could already take place early on, because there are numerous obstacles to overcome for the GC contenders in the first week. This exciting route allows us to fix beautiful goals, for example with Alexander Kristoff in the opening stages in Denmark or the cobble stage. We will also support Louis Meintjes for the general classification, and try to repeat this year's successes in the breakaways in the Giro and the Vuelta. The start of the sixth stage in Binche means a lot to our team. It is a nice reward for the people who have been investing in cycling for a long time, especially our loyal partner Wanty. It is no surprise that Binche was chosen for the second time in four years, because this is a city that breathes cycling. Binche is involved in multiple cycling events, not only the Tour, but also in the Belgian championships, Binche-Chimay-Binche or the Flèche Wallonne. »

Jean-François Bourlart (CEO) Tweet

« I'm positively surprised by this extraordinary parcours, which offers an abundance of opportunities to the riders of our team, our sprint train and stage chasers in particular. It is a big challenge for the GC riders to prepare this Tour and to be ready from day one for the time trial, crosswinds, technical parcours, cobbles and other difficulties.The nervosity will cost the riders and teams a lot of energy, which could cause twists and turns in the final week. A thorough analysis of the parcours will enable us to establish a strategy for our ambitions for the general classification. These three weeks will be very intense and to be able to grab the opportunities which are offered to us, w already started the preparation! »

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