Tour de France is the world’s most prestigious cycling race that attracts several participants. It comprises twenty-one phases, each a day long, for three weeks. This year’s tour will be the 109th edition of the competition. The race will begin in Copenhagen on the 1st of July and end in Paris on the 24th of July. Here is what you need to know about Tour De France! Did you know that you can bet on your favorite cyclist? Check out pro-stave.com/bet365 to learn more.
Tour De France History
The 23-year-old Tadej Pogačar is the reigning champion of the Tour de France, having won the 2020 and 2021 titles. Tadej Pogačar became the 2nd youngest winner after the 1904 winner, Firmin Labot, in 2020. Tadej broke a record in the competition with the British team after winning 7 of the 8 previous races with Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas, and Egan Bernal. He broke the 3-year French record on the jersey after wins for Warren Barguil, Julian Alaphilippe, and Romain Bardet.
The France de Tour wins stranglehold is currently held by Miguel Indurain, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault, and Eddy Merckx. The tour has experienced a modern rarity in the last two years, with Sagan Peter losing to Sam Bennett in the race for the green jersey in 2020. Mark Cavendish emerged the winner in 4 stages last year. Nonetheless, Peter is among the all-time green jersey riders, having achieved 7 wins in 9 participations.
The polka dot jersey record, currently held by Richard Virenque, may not be broken soon since Rafal Majka and Tadej Pogačar are the only present riders with more than one title.
Tour De France Route
The 2022 tour will begin on the 1st of July, with a thirteen-kilometer time trial in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stage 5 will entail numerous features, including sections across cobblestones. The 3-week tour will include a final 40-kilometer time trial, summit finishes, a return to L’Alpe d’Huez, and a mountain finish.
Week 1 racing will resume on the 5th of July, with stage 5 starting from Paris-Roubaix. The route will lead to Belgium for a start in Binche on the sixth stage, leading south via Luxembourg and finally to Longwy. The summit finish will be at the Super Planche in the seventh stage. During the weekend, the riders will race on hilly terrain towards Switzerland.
Week 2 of the tour will start with 3 Alpine mountain phases, where the 12th phase on the 14th of July will take the peloton to the twenty-one hairpins. The 3 stages suitable for the participants will head to Carcassonne on the 18th of July.
Week 3 will be the final week of the tour. This week will include high mountains in phases 17 and 18 phases, with summit finishes at Hautacam and Peyragudes. On the 23rd of July, Rocamadour and Lacapelle-Marival villages will host the final forty-kilometer individual time trials. The participants will move to the French capital on 24th July morning for finals around the city.
Tour de France Teams
AG2R Citroen Team, Jumbo-Visma, Bahrain Victorious, Bora-Hansgrohe, B&B Hotels-KTM, Groupama-FDJ, BikeExchange-Jayco, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, Israel-Premier Tech, Astana Qazaqstan Team, Lotto Soudal, QuickStep-AlphaVinyl, Astana Qazaqstan Tea, Team DSM, Trek-Segafredo, Cofidis, UAE Team Emirates, Ineos Grenadier and Alpecin-Fenix.