Several world-class cyclists fought for the winning title at the Tour de France 2022. This year 22 teams entered the competition and 8 riders in each team, which brings us to a total of 176  riders in the field. Tour de France 2022 was the 109th edition of the Tour de France. The race lasted 24 days, beginning on July 1 and ending on July 24.

What is Tour de France?

The world’s most prestigious and most difficult bicycle race, the Tour de France is an annual men’s multiple-stage bicycle race held in France. The race also passes through many neighboring countries. It includes 21-day stages over the course of 23 days, covering approximately 3,500 km. 

Exciting! Isn’t it?

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Denmark’s Team Jumbo-Visma rider Jonas Vingegaard,25, sprinted to victory clinching the title on Sunday (July 24) as he was crowned Tour de France Champion for the maiden time. Jonas had a winning time of 79 hours 33 minutes and 20 seconds. The podium was shared by two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), who came 2nd with a time difference of 2 minutes 43 seconds and Britain’s Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) gained 3rd place with a time difference of 7 minutes and 22 seconds.

Stages in Tour de France:
Tour de France 2022 was split into 21 stages: 9 flat stages, 3 hilly stages, 7 mountain stages and 2 individual time trials. In the 24-day schedule, out of the remaining 3 days, there were 2 rest days and 1 day for transfer. With one stage being performed every day, covering a distance of 225 kilometers the cyclists were able to complete this stint.

Stage-by-stage events at Tour de France 2022:
The race started in Copenhagen, Denmark and ended in Paris – Champs Elysees. The Tour de France 2022 covered a total distance of 3349 kms (2081 miles).

Day 1- July 1, Friday, Stage One: Copenhagen- Copenhagen (13.2 km):
The first day of the race was opened with an ‘individual timing race’. Stage one was won by Yves Lampaert (Quick-step Alpha Vinyl Team) in wet conditions as he finished 5 seconds ahead of Belgium’s Wout van Eart.

Day 2- July 2, Saturday, Stage Two: Roskilde- Nyborg (202.2km):
The thrilling sprint finish in Nyborg saw several clashes as several cyclists got caught in a large pile-up inside the final 3 km. The winner of stage two was Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-step Alpha Vinyl Team). The yellow jersey was claimed by Wout van Eart (Team Jumbo-Visma).

Day 3- July 3, Sunday, Stage Three: Vejle-Sonderborg (182 km):
This was the tour’s final day in Denmark. As Wout van Eart continued to come second for the third time consecutively and retained his leader’s yellow jersey. This stage saw a thrilling photo finish as Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) scored a victory.

Day 4– Transfer Day

Day 5- July 4, Tuesday, Stage Four: Dunkirk- Calais (171.5 km):
At this stage, Wout van Eart finally managed to clinch the first winning position and pull off his overall lead. The final 10 kms of stage four gave him an ultimate edge as he held onto the closing kilometers in Calais.

Day 6- July 5, Wednesday, Stage Five: Lille Metropole – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut (157km):
Stage five was a chaotic race as it saw a photo finish by Australia’s Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech Team), Wout retaining his yellow jersey, a crash between Geraint Thomas and Primoz Roglic and a puncture for Jonas Vingegaard.

Day 7- July 6, Thursday, Stage Six: Binche – Longwy (220km):
Tour de France 2021 winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), managed to get his first victory at stage six managing to add points to his overall score. He managed to take the overall race lead.

Day 8- July 7, Friday, Stage Seven: Tomblaine – La Super Planche des Belles Filles (176.5km):
The tour improved for defending champion Tadej Pogacar as he managed to win beating Jonas Vingegaard in a thrilling finish at La Super Planche, France. The overall race lead was far improved at this point looking as if he would become the 9th rider to win three consecutive editions of the tour.

Day 9- July 8, Friday, Stage Eight:  Dole – Lausanne (186.3km):
Belgium’s Wout van Eart managed his second win of the season and Tadej Pogacar edged close to victory with a high lead.

Day 10, July 9, Saturday, Stage Nine: Aigle – Châtel Les Portes du Soleil (192.9km)
Stage nine was a victory for Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels (AG2R Citroen Team) with a clear strategy for climb and descent. The overall race lead was still held by Tadej.

Day 11– Rest Day

July 12, Tuesday, Stage Ten: Morzine Les Portes du Soleil – Megeve (148.1km):
The photo finish winner Magnus Cort’s win was disrupted by a group of climate activists forcing a 10-min delay. The yellow jersey was still with Tadej.

July 13, Wednesday, Stage Eleven: Albertville – Col du Granon Serre Chevalier (151.7km):
Jonas Vingegaard with his brilliant attack strategy not only clinched the win of this stage but also the yellow jersey from Tadej. After the race, Pogacar dropped to third place.

July 14, Thursday, Stage Twelve: Briancon – Alpe d’Huez (165.1km):
The maiden win for Tom Pidcock was special as it was a solo one atop the iconic Alpe d’Huez of France. He also became the youngest winner on this stage.

July 15, Friday, Stage Thirteen: Le Bourg d’Oisans – Saint-Etienne (192.6km):
Mads Pederson (Team Trek-Segafredo) gave a powerful burst in the final moment to claim victory on stage thirteen of the Tour de France 2022. This was his first Tour stage win at any of the grand tours.

July 16, Saturday, Stage Fourteen: Saint-Etienne – Mende (192.5km):
The tough and hilly stage was won by Australian Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) as he managed to escape from a 23-man break-in early in the route. This was the fourth stage win of his career.

July 17, Sunday, Stage Fifteen: Rodez – Carcassonne (202.5km):
Another chaotic stage saw Belgium’s Jasper Philipsen sprint win, initial race leader Jonas Vingegaard survived a pile-up as he managed to come off his bike, one injury abandonment, one crash and a pile-up stirred the stage.

July 18– Rest Day:

July 19, Tuesday, Stage sixteen: Carcassonne – Foix (178.5km)
It was a brilliant solo victory for Canada’s Hugo Houle (Team Israel-Premiere Tech) in Foix. It was a major win for him as it was his first road race victory.

July 20, Wednesday, Stage Seventeen: Saint-Gaudens – Peyragudes (129.7km):
A close final sprint between Pogacar and Vingegaard as the defending champion improved his overall lead by 4 seconds. Britain’s Geraint Thomas stays third overall.

July 21, Thursday, Stage Eighteen: Lourdes – Hautacam (143.2km):
Grabbing back the overall lead in Tour de France 2022, this stage was won by Jonas Vingegaard. Earlier in the race, he waited to shake hands with Pogacar as he had crashed earlier.

July 22, Friday, Stage Nineteen: Castelnau-Magnoac – Cahors (188.3km):
Home nation’s first stage win was delivered by Christophe Laporte (Team Jumbo-Visma) with a sprint to triumph. His teammate Jonas is still the leading man on the tour.

July 23, Saturday, Stage Twenty: Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour (40.7km):
The penultimate day of the tour had the ‘individual time trial’ stage. It was won by Wout van Eart and 2nd place by Jonas. This stage also ensured Jonas continued wearing the yellow jersey in Paris.

July 24, Sunday, Stage Twenty-One: Paris La Défense Arena – Paris Champs-Elysées (115.6km):
The D-day of the tour began in Paris and Jasper Philipsen emerged victorious for the final stage. This confirmed the win of Vingegaard, with Tadej Pogocar in 2nd place and Geraint Thomas in 3rd place overall.

Stay tuned for the summary of the ongoing Tour de France Femmes.

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