The Tour de France is one of the premier sporting events in the world, and one that millions of people around the globe continually tune in to each and every year that it takes place.
Whilst professional cycling might not have the type of fanbase that other sports – such as soccer, basketball, or American football – may have around the world, it is still one that continues to attract a large number of viewers and generates a lot of talk.
Therefore, it should be no surprise that there are a number of sports fans that are eagerly awaiting the upcoming 2022 race, which will be the 109th edition of the event.
This article will provide you with everything you need to know about the upcoming 2022 Tour de France, including when and where it will take place, each of the stages, as well as providing you with who could potentially win the famous yellow jacket once the tour has been completed.
This year’s event will begin on July 1, 2022, and will actually begin in Copenhagen, Denmark. As the tour has continued to grow in popularity around the world, more and more fans have been keen to see the race expand and see it take place over a further number of different stages.
As a result, the event will finish on July 24, 2022, at the Champs-Élysées, Paris, where the overall winner will be crowned after a grueling distance of a total of 3,328 km (2,068 mi), thus really testing each individual rider and the team’s that they compete for.
As of the time of writing, there will be a total of 144 different riders competing in the upcoming 2022 Tour de France, with a total of 22 different teams also vying for glory over the course of July.
Indeed, whilst there will be many that will be watching the event because of the excitement it can provide, there are also a number of betting opportunities that can be enjoyed when the riders take to the roads.
Of the 22 teams involved, there are 18 UCI WorldTeams, whilst the other four teams to be participating are UCI ProTeams. Naturally, there are some teams that would perhaps be favored over others in the quest for glory, with the likes of Ineos Grenadiers, UAE Team Emirates, and Team Jumbo–Visma the most likely to do extremely well in the event, especially with the riders that they have competing for them.
For fans who utilize the PA sports betting options available, they will find that UAE Team Emirates’ rider Tadej Pogacar is the heavy favorite to win outright as he has been listed at -167, whilst Team Jumbo–Visma pairing Primoz Roglic (+250) and Jonas Vingegaard (+600) are thought to be the young Slovenian rider’s closest challengers.
As mentioned, the whole event will be completed over a total distance of 3,328 km (2,068 mi) and this will be split into a total of 21 different stages that are completed over 21 days. There are a total of three rest days that are spread out throughout the entire schedule.
There is a mixture of different race types that competitors need to contend with throughout July, too, as it is not simply the winner at the end of the final stage who wins the overall race. Competitors will go through events including the individual time trial (stage 1 and 20), whilst there are a number of flat and hilly stages, too.
Furthermore, there are a number of mountain stages of varying degrees of difficulty that need to be navigated successfully, as well.
Racers will be designated points depending on how they finish each stage, and the one that has the most at the end of the 21st stage will be able to be crowned the yellow jersey winner!
Although the event is not scheduled to begin until the beginning of July, there is no doubt that the anticipation of the 2022 Tour de France is already at its highest and is something that many simply can not wait to see begin!