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Wind, cobbles and brutal mountaintop finishes in 2022 Tour de France

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PARIS, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Tour de France organisers have designed a extremely treacherous route for the 2022 version which is able to characteristic rides in gusting winds, cobblestones and punishing mountain phases.

The race will begin with a 13km particular person time trial in Copenhagen earlier than the second stage takes the peloton over the 18km Great Belt bridge.

“It’s windy 364 days a year, here,” Tour director Christian Prudhomme informed reporters on Thursday.

“This Tour can be lost as early as the second day.”

Those who get previous the three-day opening block in Denmark and fourth stage by way of the Flanders hills should address the fifth stage by way of cobbled sectors between Lille and Arenberg.

That is when mild climbers are anticipated to undergo on a day that might be marred by crashes and mechanicals as a result of difficult terrain which often favours one-day race specialists.

“To go through these stages and hope to win the Tour you will need to be a versatile rider and have a strong team at your disposal,” stated Tour deputy director Thierry Gouvenou.

The first take a look at for climbers will come on the seventh stage with the primary of 5 summit finishes on the prime of the Planche des Belles Filles, the place this 12 months’s defending champion Tadej Pogacar successfully claimed his first title in 2020 by upsetting fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic in the ultimate time trial.

Pogacar, who hammered his rivals in the mountains in the final version, has additionally proved he’s a powerful one-day traditional rider, having gained the Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Giro di Lombardia Monument classics this 12 months and, given the character of the route, it’s arduous to see past him for a Tour favorite.

The race will attain its highest level on the prime of the lung-busting ascent to the Col du Galibier, 2,607 metres above sea degree, on the best way to a summit end on the Col du Granon (2,413 metres) after a punishing 11.3km effort at a mean gradient of 9.3%.

The twelfth stage begins from Briancon and ends atop the long-lasting Alpe d’Huez (13.8km at 8.1%), taking the identical route because the 1986 Tour when five-time winner Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond crossed the road hand-in-hand for a well-known one-two.

The Frenchman had stated he would assist his La Vie Claire crew win the race a 12 months after benefiting from the American’s assist in the earlier version.

“Both should be on the Tour for this stage next year,” Prudhomme stated of the previous riders.

After two brutal phases in the Pyrenees, the race will likely be accomplished with a 40km particular person time trial in Southwestern France and the largely processional trip to the Champs Elysees in Paris.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris

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Cycling - 2022 Tour de France Presentation - Palais des Congres, Paris, France - October 14, 2021 Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark during the presentation for the 2022 Tour de France and the Tour de France Femmes REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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