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Tour de France 2022: Everything you need to know

Everything we know about the 2022 Tour de France, taking place from Friday 1st July 2022 to Sunday 24th July 2022

Will Strickson
12 Jul 2022

Tour de France 2022: Key information

Dates: Friday 1st July to Sunday 24th July 2022   
Grand Départ: Copenhagen, Denmark   
Finale: Champs-Élysées, Paris, France   
Countries visited: Denmark, France, Switzerland   
UK television coverage: ITV4, Eurosport, GCN+ and S4C  

The Tour de France, the biggest race in cycling, is here again. Originally planned for last year, the pandemic caused Denmark's Grand Départ to be pushed back but it started the 2022 Tour off with a bang.

With the first stage a prologue – potentially helping reduce some of the early race nervousness that may have had a hand in the hundreds of crashes we saw in the first couple of stages in 2021 – the GC battle is in play from start to finish.

This year's race started on a Friday with an extra rest day on the first Monday to allow the teams to get to France.

Once back in L'Hexagone, riders headed from the very north at Dunkerque and Calais clockwise for the second year running before hitting the Alps in week two and the Pyrenees to finish.

La Grande Boucle returned to the cobbles for Stage 5, visiting some of the pavé sectors of Paris-Roubaix towards Arenberg – but not the famous Trouée – to spice up proceedings early on.

Just two stages later came arguably the classic climb of the modern era – now with an added intensifier – La Super Planche des Belles Filles.

As for the high mountains, there are plenty of mountain top finishes including the Col du Granon – featuring for only the second time – and Alpe d'Huez. Finally, the 21 bends returned on Stage 12 for the first time since Geraint Thomas got the job done, not only that but on Bastille Day causing a perfect storm for a big crowd.

In the Pyrenees there'll be a chance for drama finishing up to Peyragudes on Stage 17, where Romain Bardet won last time out, before the final mountain stage on the Hautacam.

This climb has been missed out since 2014 when Vincenzo Nibali dominated the overall standings, and incidentally that race was the last time we had an Arenberg cobbles stage, where the shark put time into his rivals they'd never get back.

There is only one time-trial outside of that initial prologue, but it is a beauty to the picturesque Rocamadour on the penultimate stage. A whole 40km will stand between despair and glory in Paris the next day, the perfect distance for some big changes.

The favourite is of course Tadej Pogačar, who can cement his place as one of the greatest cyclists of all time at just 23 years old if he wins a third yellow jersey in a row. It's also the first time we get to see the young Slovenian on Roubaix cobbles.

Wout van Aert will be properly targeting the green jersey for the first time with not a huge number of bunch sprints on offer, so expect him to light those up as well as the stages other sprinters can't touch. With sprints, mountains and time-trials in his repertoire, could the Belgian go for Cav and the Cannibal's stage win record?

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Tour de France 2022 route

Tour de France 2022 route: stage-by-stage

Stage 1: Friday 1st July, Copenhagen-Copenhagen, 13km, TT

With proceedings getting underway in Copenhagen, Denmark, it was the first Grand Départ outside France since Brussels in 2019 and the first prologue since Düsseldorf in 2016 when Geraint Thomas got the better of Stefan Küng, Vasil Kiryienka and Tony Martin.

Short efforts like this usually see a mix of TT specialists and sprinters among the top performers. If only there were a rider who could win time-trials and sprints…

The result

The first yellow jersey arrived in the shape of an emotional Yves Lampaert, who was in disbelief at winning a stage and the jersey, saying 'I'm just a farmer's son from Belgium...'

Stage 2: Saturday 2nd July, Roskilde-Nyborg, 199km

The first of two flat stages in Denmark travelled from Roskilde, just west of Copenhagen, and crossed The Great Belt bridge to finish in Nyborg.

The result

It was a spectacle to behold as Fabio Jakobsen justified – as if he needed to – his Tour selection by winning the bunch sprint.

Stage 3: Sunday 3rd July, Vejle-Sønderborg, 182km

Finishing up the Danish leg, it was another day for the sprinters as the peloton headed south from Vejle to Sønderborg.

There aren't too many opportunities for bunch sprints in this year's race so the big trains were hoping to enforce from the flag. 

The result

BikeExchange-Jayco's Dylan Groenewegen beat the pack to take his first victory of the 2022 Tour de France and his biggest since he was banned for causing Jakobsen's horror crash.

Rest day: Monday 4th July

If you missed the Grand Départ or want to relive the three stages, head to our recap gallery from Pete Goding

Stage 4: Tuesday 5th July, Dunkerque-Calais, 172km

After an early rest day for the transfer the riders traversed the most northern area of France starting in Dunkerque before looping round the region and coming back up to the coast to finish in Calais.

Christian Prudhomme warned in his notes that there would be plenty of hills along the way to discourage sprinters as well as the potential for crosswinds as the race runs alongside the Channel.

The result

Jumbo-Visma played it perfectly to springboard Wout van Aert on the final climb. 

Van Aert caught the peloton on the back foot, stayed away, and won the stage in yellow. A beautiful scene, which you can relive with our full gallery.

Stage 5: Wednesday 6th July, Lille Métropole-Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 155km

If four Paris-Roubaixs in six months wasn't enough cobbles to make up for taking 2020 off, the 2022 Tour returned to the pavé of the Hell of the North as Stage 6 took the peloton over 11 secteurs before finishing in Arenberg Porte du Hainaut.

The last time we got this kind of action was in 2018 when John Degenkolb took the win in Roubaix itself.

This may have been the day that Tadej Pogačar proved he'll be the GOAT.

The result

A chaotic stage with plenty of crashes and mechanicals causing splits, it was won from the break by Israel-Premier Tech's 35-year-old Aussie Simon Clarke with Pogačar taking time on his rivals behind and Roglič losing two minutes having dislocated his shoulder. Don't miss our full gallery on this one.

Stage 6: Thursday 7th July, Binche-Longwy, 220km

The longest stage of the race at 220km and the breakaways were licking their lips.

Categorised as a 'hilly' stage, it was theoretically one for the puncheurs with the 800m, 12% Mur de Pulventeux with 6km to go and a finish up the 1.6km Côte des Religeuses with a max of 11%. There had to be a stage for Julian Alaphilippe, it's in the contract, but sadly he couldn't get fit in time for the race.

The result

Wout van Aert got in the breakaway in the yellow jersey – the cheek – but eventually got caught and it was puncheur's finish, though it was won by our defending champ Tadej Pogačar, who bagged his first yellow jersey of the 2022 race. Another great gallery for this one.

Stage 7: Friday 8th July, Tomblaine-La Super Planche des Belles Filles, 176km

Back and bigger than ever. Stage 7 finished up La Planche des Belles Filles except this time they stuck an extra gravel section on the end with a 24% gradient, that's why it's now Super.

Hopefully this will be the first time to see who's got climbing legs and potentially an early showdown back where it all kicked off in 2020.

The result

A truly Super finish, the GC men caught the last survivor of the breakaway with around 300 metres to go as Jonas Vingegaard put Pogačar under real pressure but the Slovenian somehow found a sprint to take it on the line. What a gallery this one was.

Stage 8: Saturday 9th July, Dole-Lausanne, 184km

There are two things to note about the finish to this stage, firstly it was in Switzerland and secondly it was another one for the puncheurs.

The first of two days that dipped across the border and Stage 8 came into Lausanne – described as 'the administrative capital of world sport' – with a 4.8km climb averaging 4.6% with a 12% section in the final half.

The result

It's not often we get a yellow and green jersey fighting each other for the stage win but that's what happened here, Wout van Aert pipping Michael Matthews and Tadej Pogačar in the uphill sprint. You'll be looking back at this gallery for a while.

Stage 9: Sunday 10th July, Aigle-Châtel les Portes du Soleil, 183km

The first week came to a conclusion as the peloton crested a few Swiss beasts in the Col des Mosses, Col de la Croix and the Pas de Morgins, with the latter taking us back across the border into France.

It also finished uphill, though not on a categorised climb, so whether it's a breakaway or a select group it could be an interesting run-in to Châtel les Portes du Soleil. The doors of the sun are also the doors of the next rest day.

The result

A breakaway win it was as the GC men pretty much rolled over the line – although Pogačar and Vingegaard did bag a few seconds – Bob Jungels took Luxembourg's first Tour win in 11 years with an impressive solo win that you'll want to see our postcard-worthy gallery for.

Rest day: Monday 11th July

Stage 10: Tuesday 12th July, Morzine les Portes du Soleil-Megève, 148km

Week two doesn't hang about, although this is described as a hilly stage it finishes up the 19.2km climb up to the Altiport de Megève, so the field should be whittled down somewhat.

It's the same site where Lennard Kämna won the day at the 2020 Dauphiné.

The result

Funnily enough Kämna almost had another good day out at Megève, coming within seconds of taking the yellow jersey from the break away.

He didn't though, as Pogačar pushed on several minutes behind to save that while Magnus Cort and Nick Schultz took the stage all the way to the photo finish with the Dane ultimately getting the win. Great one for the gallery.

Stage 11: Wednesday 13th July, Albertville-Col du Granon, 149km

Stage 11 is one for the TV. Starting with the stunning Lacets de Montvernier just for the pictures, the race then heads up the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier – this year's Souvenir Henry Desgrange at 2,642m – before finishing up the Col du Granon.

We don't need to delve into the Télégraphe or Galibier but this is only the Granon's second appearance in the Tour after it featured in 1986 and it's a brute, 11.3km at 9.2% and finishing at 2,413m altitude. All eyes on riders born in Colombia and Ecuador.

The result

The greatest Tour de France stage in living memory. Jonas Vingegaard went thermonuclear on the Granon for the stage and yellow.

Go find the highlights or check out our gallery.

Stage 12: Thursday 14th July, Briançon-Alpe d'Huez, 166km

What dreams are made of. Stage 12 could be the most hotly anticipated Tour de France stage in a long time.

Not only will the riders come back over the Col du Galibier and down the Télégraphe, they then face the mighty Col de la Croix de Fer and then, at long last, the rerturn of Alpe d'Huez.

It's the first time those 21 hairpins have featured since when Geraint Thomas won all the way back in 2018 and to make it that bit sweeter it's on Bastille Day and crowds will be packing the road again.

For those that dare, this is also the stage for the 2022 Étape du Tour.

The result

It was all about the Brits on France's national holiday as Chris Froome put in his most impressive display since that crash getting himself in the breakaway and climbing to a strong third place.

Tom Pidcock was the day's hero though, the 22-year-old cyclocross World Champion and cross-country mountain bike Olympic Champion dominated, putting on a millimetre-perfect descent clinic and taking off solo on Alpe d'Huez to truly arrive on the Grand Tour scene in some style.

GC legs were weary behind and it's as you were, but the gallery is spectacular.

Stage 13: Friday 15th July, Bourg d'Oisans-Saint Étienne, 193km

It's only fair that after Thursday's action Friday 15th is one for the sprinters as we leave the Alps behind and head west towards the next set of challenges.

We also appreciate ASO's attention to detail as the battle for the green jersey hots up in Saint Étienne, which is the home of the football team known as Les Verts.

The result

After the previous two days it was always likely to be one for a breakaway with even the sprinters exhausted from fighting to stay within the time cut.

A super strong break came down to Mads Pedersen, Fred Wright and Hugo Houle but the Dane – and what a Tour for Denmark by the way – was far too strong, you can see the damage for yourself in our gallery.

Stage 14: Saturday 16th July, Saint Étienne-Mende, 195km

Even Christian Prudhomme sees this one as a stage for the breakaway. A tough transitional day takes on a few testing climbs including one right at the end.

The Côte de la Croix Neuve - Montée Laurent Jalabert brings the riders home up a 3km ascent with an average of 10.2km. It's something to keep the wolf from the door.

The result

Christian Prudhomme was right though he wouldn't have expected big Bling Matthews to put in the performance of his career to take a super win that proves his evolution from sprinter to all-round mega talent is complete. And our gallery shows what it meant.

But that finish was sneaky hard, causing another yellow and white tussle between Vingegaard and Pogačar. 

Stage 15: Sunday 17th July, Rodez-Carcassonne, 200km

That's because you're going to have to wait for the next high mountain stage, even at the end of week two as Stage 15 is another day for the sprinters.

Carcassonne was where Mark Cavendish won his fourth stage at the 2021 Tour so if he's in the QuickStep squad there'll definitely be eyes on this one.

The result

Alas, no Cav, but that meant his main 2021 challenger Jasper Philipsen could finally step out of the shadows to take his first Tour de France stage win after eight top three finishes.

But it wasn't nearly as straightforward as that, as you'll see in our gallery.

Rest day: Monday 18th July

Stage 16: Tuesday 19th July, Carcassonne-Foix, 179km

After a day off for sword shopping, the final week gets going in the Pyrenees and it looks to be another one for the breakaway.

With two climbs in the second half there's plenty to get the heart racing as the Port de Lers is 11.4km and averages 7% while the Mur de Péguère is 9.3km at 7.9% with a max of 18%.

But there's still 27km to go from the top of the final ascent so we're either hoping for an attack on the descent or that the race for the stage is hotly contested in the break.

Stage 17: Wednesday 20th July, Saint Gaudens-Peyragudes, 130km

The penultimate mountain stage might as well be 70km long. Just 130km in total it starts out with a flat 50km before the race hits the first of the day's four tests, the Col d'Aspin.

From there riders will crest the Hourquette d'Ancizan and the Col de Val Louron-Azet before the climax up Peyragudes.

An 8km, 7.8% effort with a brutal 16% ramp to the top, Peyragudes has featured twice in the Tour: in 2012 Alejandro Valverde won as Bradley Wiggins held onto yellow and in 2017 Romain Bardet won with Fabio Aru having a late hold on the GC.

Stage 18: Thursday 21st July, Lourdes-Hautacam, 143km

GC contenders and breakaway hopefuls will all be saying their Hail Marys as they line up for Stage 18.

Starting at Lourdes the race will undoubtedly kick off up the Col d'Aubisque and the Col de Spandelles that follows before the decider up Hautacam, which makes its comeback after a seven year absence with Vincenzo Nibali winning last time out on his way to overall victory.

It's a climb with a storied past that the sport longs to forget: 1994 winner Luc Leblanc later admitted to doping; 1996 was the famous Mr. 60 performance from Bjarne Riis when he never touched the saddle; 2000 saw a superhuman effort from Lance Armstrong that put nearly four minutes into Jan Ullrich; and 2008 was won by Juan José Cobo, who later had 2009 and 2011 victories stripped.

Anyway, it should be a spectacle.

Stage 19: Friday 22nd July, Castelnau Magnoac-Cahors, 189km

Providing they've made it through the mountain stages the sprinters will perk up again from Stage 19 as the fast men look for another couple of opportunities.

Given there won't be an abundance of bunch sprints the green jersey could well be in play right until the end so this could prove incredibly valuable.

Stage 20: Saturday 23rd July, Lacapelle Marival-Rocamadour, 40km, TT

A 40km TT is exactly what's needed to sort out the remaining GC questions with specialists sure to put plenty of time into their less confident counterparts. There are a couple of shorts digs towards the end too for one final test of the climbing legs.

It will be a great day for the TV too as Rocamadour, where the route finishes is a beautiful little cliffside village that's apparently the second most visited attraction in France behind Mont-Saint-Michel.

Stage 21: Sunday 24th July, Paris La Défense Arena-Paris Champs-Élysées, 112km

No need to preview this one, we all know the score. Hopefully green will still be in play to add a bit of spice to the procession.

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Tour de France 2022: stage-by-stage  
Tour de France 2022 live TV guide  
Tour de France 2022 start list

Tour de France 2022: Live TV guide

Live TV coverage of the 2022 Tour de France will be shown on GCN+, Eurosport, ITV4 and S4C alongside evening highlights.

All times are subject to change by the broadcasters

Team Presentation: Wednesday 29th June

1730-1900 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

Stage 1: Friday 1st July

1425-1630 ITV4

1440-1910 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1500-1820 S4C

Stage 2: Saturday 2nd July

1055-1710 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1200-1630 ITV4

1400-1620 S4C

Stage 3: Sunday 3rd July

1145-1725 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1300-1650 ITV4

1400-1635 S4C

Rest day: Monday 4th July

Stage 4: Tuesday 5th July

1155-1725 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1400-1650 ITV4

Stage 5: Wednesday 6th July

1210-1725 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1230-1650 ITV4

Stage 6: Thursday 7th July

1040-1730 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1400-1700 ITV4

Stage 7: Friday 8th July

1145-1730 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1400-1700 ITV4

Stage 8: Saturday 9th July

1145-1740 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1200-1700 ITV4

Stage 9: Sunday 10th July

1110-1745 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1125-1700 ITV4

Rest day: Monday 11th July

Stage 10: Tuesday 12th July

1210-1710 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1300-1630 ITV4

1400-1620 S4C

Stage 11: Wednesday 13th July

1055-1700 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1300-1630 ITV4

1400-1605 S4C

Stage 12: Thursday 14th July

1145-1810 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1300-1730 ITV4

1400-1720 S4C

Stage 13: Friday 15th July

1145-1740 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1400-1700 ITV4

1400-1645 S4C

Stage 14: Saturday 16th July

1055-1720 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1200-1645 ITV4

1400-1630 S4C

Stage 15: Sunday 17th July

1145-1750 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1300-1715 ITV4

1400-1700 S4C

Rest day: Monday 18th July

Stage 16: Tuesday 19th July

1110-1715 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1400-1630 ITV4

Stage 17: Wednesday 20th July

1155-1705 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1200-1630 ITV4

Stage 18: Thursday 21st July

1210-1740 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1230-1700 ITV4

Stage 19: Friday 22nd July

1145-1730 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1400-1645 ITV4

1400-1635 S4C

Stage 20: Saturday 23rd July

1145-1750 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1400-1700 S4C

1500-1715 ITV4

Stage 21: Sunday 24th July

1510-1945 GCN+, Eurosport 1, Eurosport Player, discovery+

1530-1910 S4C

1600-1900 ITV4

Tour de France 2022 start list

WorldTeams

AG2R Citroën Team

Geoffrey Bouchard
Mikaël Cherel
Benoît Cosnefroy
Stan Dewulf
Bob Jungels
Oliver Naesen
Ben O'Connor
Aurélien Paret-Peintre

Astana Qazaqstan

Samuele Battistella
Joe Dombrowski
Dmitriy Gruzdev
Fabio Felline
Alexey Lutsenko
Gianni Moscon
Simone Velasco
Andrey Zeits

Bahrain Victorious

Damiano Caruso
Kamil Gradek
Jack Haig
Matej Mohorič
Luis Léon Sánchez
Dylan Teuns
Jan Tratnik
Fred Wright

Bora-Hansgrohe

Felix Großschartner
Marco Haller
Lennard Kämna
Patrik Konrad
Nils Politt
Maximilian Schachmann
Danny van Poppel
Alexandr Vlasov

Cofidis

Bryan Coquard
Simon Geschke
Ion Izagirre
Victor Lafay
Guillaume Martin
Anthony Perez
Bejamin Thomas
Max Walscheid

EF Education-EasyPost

Groupama-FDJ

Antoine Duchesne
David Gaudu
Kevin Geniets
Stefan Küng
Olivier Le Gac
Valentin Madouas
Thibaut Pinot
Michael Storer

Ineos Grenadiers

Jonathan Castroviejo
Filippo Ganna
Dani Martínez
Tom Pidcock
Luke Rowe
Geraint Thomas
Dylan van Baarle
Adam Yates

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

Sven Erik Bystrøm
Kobe Goossens
Alexander Kristoff
Louis Meintjes
Andrea Pasqualon
Adrien Petit
Taco van der Hoorn
Georg Zimmerman

Israel-Premier Tech

Simon Clarke
Chris Froome
Jakob Fuglsang
Omer Goldstein
Hugo Houle
Daryl Impey
Krists Neilands
Michael Woods

Jumbo-Visma

Tiesj Benoot
Christophe Laporte
Steven Kruijswijk
Sepp Kuss
Primož Roglič
Wout van Aert
Nathan Van Hooydonck
Jonas Vingegaard

Lotto-Soudal

Caleb Ewan
Frederik Frison
Philippe Gilbert
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Andreas Kron
Brent Van Moer
Florian Vermeersch
Tim Wellens

Movistar

Imanol Erviti
Gorka Izagirre
Matteo Jorgenson
Enric Mas
Gregor Mühlberger
Nelson Oliveira
Albert Torres
Carlos Verona

QuickStep Alpha Vinyl

Kasper Asgreen
Andrea Bagioli
Mattia Cattaneo
Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Fabio Jakobsen
Yves Lampaert
Michael Mørkøv
Florian Sénéchal

Team BikeExchange-Jayco

Jack Bauer
Luke Durbridge
Dylan Groenewegen
Amund Grøndahl
Chris Juul-Jensen
Michael Matthews
Luka Mezgec
Nick Schultz

Team DSM

Romain Bardet
Alberto Dainese
John Degenkolb
Nils Eekhoff
Chris Hamilton
Andreas Leknessund
Martijn Tusveld
Kevin Vermaerke

Trek-Segafredo

Giulio Ciccone
Tony Gallopin
Alex Kirsch
Bauke Mollema
Mads Pedersen
Quinn Simmons
Toms Skujiņš
Jasper Stuyven

UAE Team Emirates

George Bennett
Mikkel Bjerg
Vegard Stake Laengen
Rajał Majka
Brandon McNulty
Tadej Pogačar
Marc Soler
Marc Hirschi

ProTeams

Alpecin-Deceuninck

Silvan Dillier
Michael Gogl
Alexander Krieger
Jasper Philipsen
Edward Planckaert
Kristian Sbaragli
Mathieu van der Poel
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck

Arkéa Samsic

Warren Barguil
Maxim Bouet
Amaury Capiot
Hugo Hofstetter
Matis Louvel
Łukasz Owsian
Nairo Quintana
Connor Swift

B&B Hotels-KTM

Cyril Barthe
Franck Bonnamour
Alexis Gougeard
Jérémy Lecroq
Cyril Lemoine
Luca Mozzato
Pierre Rolland
Sebastian Schönberger

TotalEnergies

Edvald Boasson Hagen
Maciej Bodnar
Maxim Bouet
Mathieu Burgaudeau
Pierre Latour
Daniel Oss
Peter Sagan
Anthony Turgis
Alexis Vuillermoz