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The Tour de France - 2022

A tour of France's highlands and mountains

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Covid and the Tour de France 2022

The 2022 Tour de France set off from Copenhagen on July 1st. Since June, the number of Covid infections in France and elsewhere in Europe has been rising, and although levels are (so far) nowhere near the peaks seen during earlier surges, the French government is again encouraging caution. The wearing of facemasks is again recommended (though not yet mandatory) in public transport, and in crowds and crowded spaces. Those eligible for a second Covid booster jab (a fourth jab) – which in France means the over-65s – are strongly encouraged to get it.
   Yet with the Tour de France, there's no need for enthusiasts to put themselves in situations where there is a real risk of infection.  Anyone who remains wary of catching the disease should select a spot in the country, well away from the crowds.  With riders chasing glory over 3000 kilometres of French highways and byways,  there's no lack of choice. See stage details below
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 This year's Tour de France highlights the eastern half of the country, totally avoiding the regions of the west. Passing through  six of the main upland or mountain areas of France, it is also  more international again, with stages in or partly in Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland.
  Following three days in Denmark, riders will fly down to France for the start of stage 4 in France's most northerly city Dunkirk, or Dunkerque as it is spelled in French. From then on every stage barring the last is in hilly country. The official designations of stages 13 (Bourg d'Oisans to Saint-Etienne) and stage 15 (Rodez to Carcassonne) as "flat" when stages 4,and 5, in the flat and gently undulating land of the north of France are designated as "hilly", is a trifle misleading.
  After stage 6 (Thur. 7th Jul) in the Ardennes and stage 8 ending at the Planche des Belles Filles high in the Vosges, stage 9 takes the riders across the French and Swiss Jura mountains. During stages 9 to 13, riders will have 5 days grappling with the traditional difficulties of the Alps, including two ascents of the challenging Col du Galibier, which may take them above the snowline. Stage 14, on Friday 15th July, takes riders out of the Alps, across the Rhone valley and into the hills to the west, for a finish at Saint Etienne. After that it's a day in the Massif Central, crossing one of the loneliest parts of France, the Lozère, to Mende. The next day riders will cross the undulating southwest flank of the Massif Central from Rodez to Carcassonne, where Monday 18th July is the second rest day.
   Carcassonne is the departure point for  the traditional Pyrenean stages of the tour, but with only three  - or indeed two and a bit - days in the Pyrenees this year, the final one ending at Lourdes, the renowned Catholic shrine at the edge of the mountains. Expect lots of witticisms from commentators that day about hoping for miracles.
   The final full cross-country stage of the race, from Castelnau, crosses the plains of Gascony before entering the hill country of the Lot department, for a finish in the small historic town of Cahors. After that all that is left is a day of time trials with a finish at another famous pilgrimage site, Rocamadour, followed by the habitual short circuit (well, just 112 km) around Paris for the final sprint up the Champs Elysées.

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Stage 14 crosses the sparsely populated uplands of Lozère; Chateauneuf-de-Randan, near Mende

Tour de France 2022 -stage details  

The 2022 Tour de France starts on Friday July 1st with time trials in and around Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Stage Date Day’s route (towns, areas)  Length in Km.
1st stage Fri 1st July Time trials: Copenhagen - Denmark
2nd Stage Sat 2nd July Denmark
3rd Stage Sun 3rd July Denmark

Mon 4th July Nothing - Transit DK > FR
4th stage Tue 5th July Dunkirk to Calais (Nord / Pas de Calais) 172 km
5th stage Wed 6th July Lille to Arenberg (Nord)
155 km
6th stage Thur 7th July Binche (Belgium) to Longwy (Lorraine)
220 km
7th stage Fri 8th July Tomblaine (Lorraine) to Planche des Belles Filles (Franche-Comté)
176 km
8th stage Sat 9th July Dole (Franche-Comté)  to Lausanne (Switzerland) 184 km
9th stage Sun 10th July Aigle (Switzerland) to Les Portes du Soleil  (Rhône-Alpes) 183 km
Rest day Mon 11th July Rest day Morzine - Portes du Soleil (Alps)
10th stage Tues 12th July Morzaine to Megève  (Rhône-Alpes) 148 km
11th stage Wed 13th July Albertville to Col du Granon / Serre Chevalier   (Rhône-Alpes) 149 km
12th stage Thur 14th July Briançon (High Provence) to Alpe d'Huez (Rhône-Alpes) 166 km
13th stage Friday 15th July Le Bourg d'Oisans to Saint-Étienne (Rhône-Alpes) 193 km
14th stage Sat. 16th July Saint Etienne  (Rhône-Alpes) to Mende (Massif-Central) 195 km
15th stage Sun 17th July  Rodez to Carcassonne   (Occitanie) 200 km
Rest day Mon 18th July Rest day -  Carcassonne
16th stage Tue 19th July Carcassonne to Foix (Pyrenees) 179 km
17th stage Wed 20th July Saint-Gaudens to Peyragudes (Pyrenees) 130 km
18th stage Thur 21st July Lourdes to Hautacam (Pyrenees) 143 km
19th stage Fri 22nd July Castelnau-Magonac to Cahors (Gascony) 189 km
20th stage
Time trials
Sat 23rd  July Time Trials: Lacapelle-Marival  Rocamadour (Midi-Pyrenees) 40 km
21st Stage Sun 24th July Paris la Défense  to  Paris - Champs Elysées 112 km

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Tour de France Pyrenees
Day 7 ends with riders climbing to the summit at the Planche des Belles filles, the southern peak of the Vosges

Grand galibier
Riders will take in the 2642 metre Alpine Col du Galibier twice during the 2022 Tour

Medieval gateway to Carcassonne - Stages 15 & 16

Stage 19 ends up in Cahors, on the river Lot, with its remarkable medieval fortified bridge.
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