The Tour de France 2022 takes place from Friday July 1 to Sunday July 24. For this 109th edition, the big start will be given from Copenhagen.
Tadej Pogacar will try to retain his title during Tour de France 2022
Initially, the Danish city had been chosen to launch the 2021 edition, but the Covid-19 had decided otherwise. Winner of the last two editions, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) will try to retain his title. In the race for the yellow jersey, the Slovenian will notably have as opponents his compatriot Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) or the Dane Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma). Like Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), or even Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), the French will try to get out of the game.
Cycling is a way of life in Denmark
A country of around 5.8 million people, Denmark is known as one of the greenest and happiest countries in the world. Cycling plays an essential role in this status. In Denmark, cycling is part of everyday life, more than a hobby and a means of transport, cycling is a way of life in Denmark. Nine out of ten Danes own a bicycle and the country has around 12,000 km of cycle tracks and lanes. Every day of the week, cyclists in Copenhagen travel the equivalent of 400 editions of the Tour de France, or approximately 1,440,000 km. With 673,000 bikes in the city and the fact that 44% of trips to work and study are by bike, it’s no wonder Copenhagen has been named the world’s top cycling city.
A healthy lifestyle
Other countries often take inspiration from Denmark when it comes to promoting cycling as a fundamental part of a sustainable, healthy and happy lifestyle. Indeed, in several foreign cities, marked cycle paths are known as « Copenhagen lanes« . As a result of all this, the Tour de France and Denmark go hand in hand. Not only is Denmark a country of cyclists, but the country also has great experience in hosting major international sporting and cycling events, including the 2011 Road Race World Championships and the start of the Giro d’Italia in 2012 .
Tour de France 2022 – from Friday July 1 to Sunday July 24