While the three opening days in Denmark had already been publicized, the rest of the route was unveiled in a ceremony before an audience of several thousand at a Paris conference center on Thursday.
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Cycling fans can look forward to a vibrant penultimate day with a 40km time trial.
Other highlights will be a setting on the cobbled roads of Roubaix on the border of France and Belgium, and a large number of spectators will be allowed in the classic climb of the Alpe d’Huez on the French national holiday on July 14, provided no new precautions against the coronavirus are introduced.
The 2022 route slightly favors time trial specialists with over 50km of time trials, though runners will also face five massive mountain stages.
The run also includes the pilgrimage town of Lourdes and the picturesque medieval town of Carcassonne in southwestern France.
The race begins with a short 13km time trial around Copenhagen, passing the bronze statue of the Little Mermaid.
But the key challenges in Denmark will be the tours along the fjords and the crossing of a 17 km bridge over the sea between two islands.
“It’s a race with a little bit of everything,” said the track designer. Thierry Gouvenou he told AFP. “The word that best captures how to describe Route 2022 is that it is complete.
“You will also have to be comfortable with the wind, because of this bridge over the sea in Denmark and also on the stage at Dunkirk,” he said of the last Danish race and the first French race on stage four.
“The cobblestones can also have their say on how things are going in the race for the yellow jersey (of the winner). It’s 19 kilometers, that’s complicated for a lot of people,” he added.
“But whoever wins will have to be a complete pilot because there are five high-altitude arrivals and one of them is at 2400 meters,” he said.
“You have all the palate of what is possible to offer in a Tour de France”.
The winner will wear the yellow jersey at the Elysian Fields after eight laps of the capital on the last day.