It’s a man’s battle against his own athletic abilities. Yes, it’s the adrenaline of the time trial, the long route strategy, the exhaustion of climbing, the loneliness of the mountains, the hustle and bustle of escapism and the intense desire to wear the yellow jersey at every tiring ending. day.
This is how the journey goes as kilometers are spent between countries, cities, towns, valleys and mountains; one by one until they become tens, hundreds and thousands to complete more than 3,300 agreed for this edition.
Yes, the legendary Tour de France reigns supreme over all other races. No other competition is as grueling as this one, and therefore none offers the luxury and relevance of a win, already on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. 108 previous editions testify and support it for the beginning 109.
A story of glory and shame
In the world of sport there are events that cannot be ignored: there is the World Cup in football, the Superbowl in America, the World Series in baseball, 24 Hours of Le Mans in motorsports and, of course, the Tour de France in cycling.
Yes, with 119 years of existence, the Tour has had it all. Since the first edition in 1903, promoted by Henri Desgrange to increase sales of his newspaper, where 60 cyclists took part on bicycles weighing more than 20 kilograms, without having any equipment that the contestants had to carry themselves because mechanical assistance was not allowed, let alone an accompanying vehicle.
Thus they covered the first six stages of the Tour in 19 days to cover the scheduled 2,428 kilometers. The first place winner was Maurice Garin… and from then on it was discovered that the master test of physical endurance had been born.
And yes, it’s the Tour that sets itself apart from the rest of the sport due to the enormous demand that cyclists experience during the 21 stages that make up its route, with only two days off. In 2022, four countries will be crossed, with six flat stages, seven relief stages, six mountain stages and two spectacular time trial stages.
But unlike more than a hundred years ago, today’s technology goes hand in hand, with increasingly lighter bikes, a clearer strategy, and a team that specializes in launching figures in search of Elysées glory.
It is also clear that not everyone can compete in the Tour de France, much less win due to the enormous physical wear and tear required, which is why it has always been, and even more so in recent years, under constant scrutiny from doping-fighting authorities. ; In fact, we must not forget that the EPO scandal that was blown up gradually in 1998 led to the formation of the World Anti-Doping Agency. In addition, in its black history is the memory of Lance Armstrong which left a stripped title gap.
Nonetheless, the Tour stays true and adapts to the new age, with an unbreakable legendary label.
Tour de France reaches its 109th edition, starting its route in Denmark and ending on the Champs Elysées in Paris
First edition: 1903
Founder: Henri Desgrange
Jacques Anquetil (France) 5 degrees
Eddy Merckx (Belgium) 5 titles
Bernard Hinault (France) 5 titles
Miguel Indurain (Spain) 5 titles
date: July 1-24
Beginning: Copenhagen, Denmark)
conclude: Paris, France)
stages: twenty one
country: Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and France
mileage: 3,349.8 kilometers
Team: UAE Team Emirates
Team: INEOS Grenadier
Daniel Felipe Martinez
Team: INEOS Grenadier
Stage 1 (07/1)
Stage 2 (2/07)
Roskilde to Nyborg
Stage 3 (3/07)
Vejle to Sønderborg
Stage 4 (5/07)
Dunkirk to Calais
Stage 5 (6/07)
Lille Metropole to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
Stage 6 (7/07)
Binche to Longwy
Stage 7 (8/07)
Tomblaine to La super Planche des Belles Filles
Stage 8 (9/07)
Dole to Lausanne
Stage 9 (10/07)
Aigle to Châtel Les Portes du Soleil
Stage 10 (12/07)
Morzine Les Portes du Soleil to Megeve
Stage 11 (13/07)
Albertville to Col du Granon
Stage 12 (14/07)
Briancon to Alpe d’Huez
Stage 13 (15/07)
Bourg d’Oisans to Saint-Etienne
Stage 14 (16/07)
Saint-Etienne to Mende
Stage 15 (17/07)
Rodez to Carcassonne
Stage 16 (19/07)
Carcassonne to Foix
Stage 17 (2007)
Stage 18 (21/07)
Stage 19 (22/07)
Castelnau-Magnoac to Cahors
Stage 20 (23/07)
Lacapelle-Marival to Rocamadour
Stage 21 (24/07)
Paris La Defense Arena-Champs-Elysées
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