Tour de France 2022 route: Rumours of gravel summit finish and potential Roubaix stage

Here are some rumours for the route of the 2022 Tour de France

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The first three stages of the 2022  Tour de France route will take place in Denmark, after Brittany stepped in for the 2021 race because Denmark withdrew due to Covid complications.

The first stage is a 13 kilometre individual time trial in the capital city Copenhagen, followed by a 199 kilometre ride from Roskilde to Nyborg in the second stage. The final route in Denmark is a 182 kilometre stage from Velje to Sønderborg.

While the Grand Départ is confirmed in Denmark, the other routes in France haven’t yet. An announcement of the full details of the 109th edition of the Tour de France is expected on October 14 at the Palais des Congrès de Paris.

However, there are already some rumours surrounding potential routes on the calendar, with plenty of reports emanating from French news outlets about what could be included. 

Tour de France 2022 route rumours

Col du Granon

Col du Granon is a high mountain pass in the Alps, in the department of Hautes-Alpes in France, which reaches an altitude of 2,413 metres. The route would also include gravel trails along the steep inclines, making Col du Granon a perfect rumour for the 2022 Tour de France.

The rumours also seem perfectly feasible too, with French Eurosport reporting on this information in a seemingly confident way. 

It is believed that Col du Granon will host the arrival of the 11th stage on Wednesday 13 July. Col du Granon features a narrow tarmac road that winds steeply towards the summit, while gravel roads continue beyond the pass. It hosted the highest ever mountain-top stage finish at the time in the Tour de France in 1986 - before the 2011 Tour saw Col du Galibier steal that title.

It is also being reported that Col du Granon will precede a Briançon to Alpe d’Huez stage the day after too. 

 The North

The first day of rest is rumoured to be held in Lille, where several hotels are already showing occupancy around the start of July, near the airport. 

However, the first stage in France will supposedly start in Dunkirk, some 75 kilometres away from Lille. There is also talk of the stage finishing in the commune of Denain, after starting on the coast at Dunkirk. Consequently, with this route riding through the north, the cobblestones made famous by Paris-Roubaix will reportedly feature, with Trouee d’Arenberg in the commune of Wallers the end point.

Lot Region

The Lot Departmental Council and the three communities of municipalities of Grand Cahors, Grand Figeac and Cauvaldor have submitted a joint application for hosting a stage of the Tour de France in the Lot region, located in the southwestern area of France. The region hosted a stage in 1994, which started in Bergerac before ending in Cahors, in what was classed as a plain stage.

Serge Rigal, the president of the Lot Departmental Council, has openly spoken about hosting the event in the region.

"Why in 2022? Because the Tour de France will start from Denmark where three stages are planned and there is a link between this country and the Lot.”

Chateau de Caix, located in Cahors, is the property of the Queen of Denmark, meaning that Rigal believes the link works perfectly to the start of the Tour de France, which will enjoy three initial stages in Denmark.