Preview, schedule and driver to view

The second Grand Tour of the 2022 men’s road cycling season, the 109th Tour de France, begins on Friday, July 1 in Copenhagen, Denmark and ends as usual on Sunday, July 24 in Paris.

Tokyo 2020 medalist Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic and Wout van Aert Headline of the race, which will cover a total of more than 3,300 km in 21 stages. There are five summit finishes, two time trials and six flat stages.

Slovenia’s Pogacar is aiming for the winner’s yellow jersey for the third straight season, a feat most recently achieved by the four-time champion Chris Froome (2015, 2016, 2017).

After a postponement from last year due to a scheduling conflict with the Euro 2020 football tournament, Denmark will become the 10th country to host the Grand Depart. Route 2022 will also visit Belgium (stage 6) and Switzerland (stages 8 and 9), marking the first time since 2017 that four different countries are represented in the same edition.

Around 176 riders will take part, eight for each of the 22 teams. That’s one team fewer than in the 2021 edition.

The Last Day of Men Big boucle coincides with the start of the historic eight stages of the inaugural Tour de France Femmes, replacing the one-day women’s race, La Course.

Below is everything you need to know about one of the toughest endurance races in the world this year.

Podium of the 2021 Tour de France

Tour de France 2022 standings men to watch

Tadej Pogacar: The Olympic road race bronze medalist arrives in 2022 Big boucle as a big favorite. The Slovenian has won every stage race he has competed in this season (UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of Slovenia) and is targeting a hat-trick of Tour wins at just 23 years old.

Primoz Roglic: The Tokyo 2020 time trial gold medalist came tantalizingly close to winning the GC in 2020 while having to abandon the race after a fall last year. The former ski jumper appears to have recovered from a knee injury that affected the early part of his season and is fresh from an overall win at the Criterium du Dauphine.

Daniel Martinez: With winner 2019 Egan Bernal His compatriot, still recovering from a horrific training accident, is poised to become the leader of the Ineos Grenadiers after competing in the Tour of the Basque Country this spring. The British team have won seven of the last ten editions of the Tour and Martinez could share the lead with 2018 champion Geraint Thomas, who recently won the Tour de Suisse.

Jonas Vinggaard: The 25-year-old Dane finished a surprise second in 2021 and has shown he’s ready to step up if his Jumbo Visma teammate Roglic isn’t fully fit with two second-place finishes at Tirreno-Adriatico and Dauphine this season.

Aleksandr Vlasov: Following Jai Hindley’s success at the Giro d’Italia, Bora-Hansgrohe’s hopes of winning the second Grand Tour of the year rest on the shoulders of the neutral-flagged Russian rider. Vlasov achieved impressive overall victories at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and the Tour de Romandie but was forced to give up the Tour of Suisse for Covid while he was leading.

Other key riders at the 2022 Tour de France

Green jersey

Mark Cavendish, winner of last year’s points contest, is unlikely to be selected by his team Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl and that means the 37-year-old Manxman will have to wait before matching the legendary Eddy Merckx in terms of stage wins can overtake (both tied at 34).

The Belgian team is led by a Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen, who hopes to take advantage of the sprint opportunities. Australian Caleb Ewan Lotto-Soudal also assesses its chances.

The course includes several hilly stages and that could help puncheurs like the seven-time green jersey winner Peter Sagan, who was back on winning ways at the Tour de Suisse recently before retiring after testing positive for Covid. Other contenders for the green jersey will be multi-talented drivers Mathieu van der Poelwho wore the Giro’s pink jersey for the first three stages, and Wout van Aertwho won the points classification at both the Criterium du Dauphine and Paris-Nice this season.

Polka dot jersey

Pogacar secured the King of the Mountains classification in the last two editions, and in the history of the Tour only four riders have won it more than twice (the record belongs to Richard Virenque at seven).

The Slovenian talisman is likely to be challenged by some of the other GC contenders (Roglic, Vlasov, Vingegaard) as well as French Thibaut Pinotwho recently won the queen stage of the Tour de Suisse and 2019 Polka Dot winner Romain Bardetwho had to leave the last Giro after stomach problems.

Route of the Tour 2022 and important stages

The 2022 Tour de France kicks off with a technical 13km time trial on the streets of Copenhagen, catering to specialists in the discipline like the two-time reigning world champion Filippo Ganna and two-time world medalist Van Aert.

After two more stages in Denmark, the race resumes in France on Tuesday 5 July and a day later, stage 5 sees cobblestones return for the first time since 2018. The highlight of the first week is the summit arrival on the Super Planche des Belles Filles, with the following two stages advancing into Switzerland, including a finish in the Olympic Stadium in Lausanne.

In the second week, the peloton heads deeper into the Alps with two grueling mountain stages. On stage 11, riders will climb the Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier (the highest point of the race at 2,642m) before ending on the Col du Granon; Stage 12 on Bastille Day will be equally strenuous and will include a summit finish on the Alpe d’Huez for the first time in five years.

The tour then heads across the Massif Central towards the Pyrenees with the final rest day in Carcassonne. Two more back-to-back summit arrivals on stages 17 (Peyragudes) and 18 (Hautacam) offer specialist climbers a last chance to gain ground in the GC ahead of a 40km time trial on stage 20.

The final stage, ending in Paris, will see the sprinters go head-to-head one last time this edition along the Champs-Elysees.

Tour de France 2022 daily route

Fri, July 1: Stage 1 – Copenhagen-Copenhagen (time trial, 13.2 km)

Sat 2 July: Stage 2 – Roskilde-Nyborg (202.5 km)

Sun, July 3: Stage 3 – Vejle-Sonderborg (182 km)

Mon, July 4th: Transfer day

Tue 5 July: Stage 4 – Dunkerque-Calais (171.5km)

Wed, July 6: Stage 5 – Lille Metropole-Arenburg Porte du Hainaut (157 km)

Thu, July 7: Stage 6 – Binche-Longwhy (220 km)

Fri, July 8: Stage 7 – Tomblaine-La Super Planche de Belle Filles (176.5 km)

Sat 9 July: Stage 8 – Dole-Lausanne (186.5 km)

Sunday 10 July: Stage 9 – Aigle-Chatel les Portes du Soleil (193km)

Monday 11 July: rest day

Tuesday 12 July: Stage 10 – Morzine Les Portes du Soleil-Megève (148.5 km)

Wednesday 13 July: Stage 11 – Albertville-Col du Granon Serre Chevalier (152km)

Thursday 14 July: Stage 12 – Briançon-Alpe d’Huez (165.5km)

Friday 15 July: Stage 13 – Le Bourg d’Oisans-Saint Etienne (193km)

Saturday 16 July: Stage 14 – Saint Etienne-Mende (192.5 km)

Sunday 17 July: Stage 15 – Rodez-Carcassonne (202.5 km)

Monday 18 July: rest day

Tuesday 19 July: Stage 16 – Carcassonne-Foix (178.5km)

Wednesday 20 July: Stage 17 – Saint-Gaudens-Peyragudes (130km)

Thursday 21 July: Stage 18 – Lourdes-Hautacam (143.5km)

Friday 22 July: Stage 19 – Castelnau-Magnoac – Cahors (188.5km)

Saturday 23 July: Stage 20 – Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour (time trial, 40.7 km)

Sunday 24 July: Stage 21 – Paris La Defense Arena – Paris Champs Elysees (116 km)

How to watch the 2022 Tour de France

The race will be broadcast live in 190 countries and here is a list of the official broadcast partners in different territories.

Europe

Belgium – RTBF

Czech Republic – Ceska television

Europe – Eurosport

France – France TV Sport and Eurosport France

Germany -ARD

Italy – RAI Sport

Ireland – TG4

Luxembourg – RTL

The Netherlands – NO

Norway – TV2

Portugal – RTP

Slovakia – RTVS

Slovenia – TRV SLO

Spain – RTVE

Switzerland – SRG SSR

The United Kingdom – ITV

Wales – S4C

America

Canada – Flo bikes

Columbia – Caracol TV

Latin America and the Caribbean – ESPN

South America – TV5 moons

The United States of America – NBC Sports and TV5 Moons

Asia Pacific

Australia – SBS

China – CCTV and Zhibo TV

Japan – J Sports

New Zealand – Sky Sports

South East Asia – Eurosport and GCN

Middle East and Africa

The Middle East and North Africa – BeIN Sports and TV5 Moons

Africa southern of the Sahara – Supersport and TV5 Moons

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