Tour de France 2022, from the route to the favourites: what you need to know

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Tour de France

The Tour de France is obviously the most sincere cycling “Grand Tour”. Imagined by journalist Henri Desgrange, the transalpine race has been taking place since 1903 and has given headlines to the names of historic runners such as Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault and Indurain. The new edition will take place from July 1 to 24, 2022. The defending champion is the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, also winner in 2020. He will leave Copenhagen to join, as always, the Champs-Élysées in Paris, by a route of 21 stages over 3,300 km. As in the Giro d’Italia, in the Tour de France it is not only the general classification which assigns the yellow jersey. In fact, there are also other types of classifications: the points classification gives the green jersey, that of the young people gives the white jersey and that of the climbers the polka dot jersey. The team classification assigns instead a yellow number and that of the Combativeness Prize a red number.

There are many details that need to be taken into account when forecasting such competitions. From the altitude to the characteristics of the cyclists, passing through the type of terrain of the different tracks, almost entirely mountainous. To dispute the summit of the latter in Pogacar, designated as the favorite of the day before both by two-wheel enthusiasts and by different types of online bets, it will probably be Primoz Roglic, another Slovenian, who also claims a past of ski jumper. Pogacar is much younger than his direct rival.

Born in 1998, Roglic became a professional only 3 years ago, immediately distinguishing himself as a versatile cyclist, capable of imposing himself both uphill and at a pace, maintaining a good speed on all tracks. In addition to the 2 Tour de France, Pogacar has so far posted a Liège-Bastogne-Liège on the scoreboard. As if that weren’t enough, he finished third in the road race at the last Tokyo Olympics, picking up other successes here and there in smaller competitions.

Roglic, on the other hand, has been racing since 2013 and has won the Vuelta a España 3 times in a row, as well as Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2020. The Tour de France is missing from his list, but not the gold medal in the counter- the clock at the Olympic Games. The results also obtained at the World Championships and in the many other key events of the international championship are remarkable. In short, the conditions to see a good head to head between the two compatriots are certainly not lacking.

The first stage of the Tour de France 2022 will take place entirely in Copenhagen, so we will move to Roskilde to arrive in Nyborg. From Vejle, on the other hand, we will reach Sønderborg, to then observe the first day of rest on July 4th. From the fourth stage we will race in France, starting from Dunkirk, but on the way we will also touch Belgium and Switzerland. The second day of rest is scheduled for July 11, after the ninth stage, while the third is set for July 18, after the fifteenth stage. The final event on July 24 will see the runners compete between the Paris La Défense Arena and the Champs-Élysées, over 112 km.

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