Get Ready for the 2022 Tour de France

The following article is a summary of the 2022 Tour de France to get you up to speed on what is happening for this the 109th edition. It helps answer plenty of the common questions about this edition of the tour so you are up to speed and ready for the race. We have included information on where to watch the 2022 Tour de France online or on TV by country in an easy to ready table. No matter where in the world you are there will be a way to tune in and watch this great event. Finally we have some trivia such as who has won the most stages, spent the most time in the yellow jersey and more.

The Tour de France route was announced on 14 October and we look forward to next July. The first presentation could be considered a high-level overview of what is come and does not go into detail on every single stage. As such there may be some information on this page that is currently missing. As we get closer to the actual event and final routes are available the page will be updated.

The 2022 Tour de France by numbers

Start date: Friday 1 July 2022

Start location: Copenhagen

Number of stages: 21

Total distance: 3,328 km / 2,080 miles (still to be finalised)

Finish date: 24 July 2022

Finish location: Paris

Longest stage: Stage 6 at 220 km / 138 miles

Shortest stage: Stage 17 at 130km / 81 miles (excludes time trial stages)

Greatest elevation gain:

Flattest stage:

Time trial stages: 2

Flat stages: 5

Hilly stages: 7

Mountain stages: 6

Rest days: 2 (Monday 11 July and Monday 18 July)

Transfer day: 1 (Monday 4 July)

Summit finishes: Stage 7 to La Planche de Belle Filles , Stage 9 to Châtel les Portes du Soleil , Stage 10 to Megève, Stage 11 to Col du Granon, Stage 12 to Alpe d'huez, Stage 17 to Peyragudes and Stage 18 to Hautacam

Highest road: 2,642 meters / 8,667 feet (Col du Galibier)

Categorised climbs: (HC, Cat 1 and Cat 2)

Number of teams:

Number of riders:

Total prize money: €M

Winner prize money: €K

Highlights of the 2022 Tour de France

The city of Copenhagan in Denmark has the honour of hosting the 'Grand Départ for the 109th edition of the Tour. The first 3 stages of the 2022 Tour de France will take place in Denmark before moving back to France. Monday 4 July will be a transfer day to allow teams to get from Denmark back to France.

Flat Stages for the Sprinters

This year will see 5 stage designated as "Flat stages". These are the stages that the sprint teams will target to try and get their sprinter over the line first.

Individual Time Trials

Stages 1 and 20 are individual time trials which will see riders race against the clock. The first of these is a short 13km / 8miles, while the second is 40km / 25 miles.

A Brief Visit to Switzerland

The riders head into Switzerland on Stage 8 with a finish at the Olympic Stadium in Lausanne featuring a short but steep climb with gradients to 12%. Stage 9 sees the riders in Switzerland for the majority of the stage before finishing back in France at Châtel les Portes du Soleil. Riders will tackle 3 categorised climbs over the course of the day.

The French Alps

Stages 11 and 12 take place in the French Alps and include some of the iconic mountains of the Tour de France. Stage 11 sees the riders head over Lacets de Montvernier, Col du Télégraphe, Col du Galibier before finishing at the top of Col du Granon. This stage also sees the riders reach the maximum altitude of 2,642m / 8,667 feet over the Col du Galibier, where the first rider over the top of the climb will be awarded the Souvenir Henri Desgranges. Stage 12 stays in the high mountains and heads over Col du Lauterets, Col du Galibier (from the opposite side), Col du Télégraph (from the opposite side), Col de la Croix de Fer before finishing at the top of Alpe d'Huez. A couple of huge days in the mountains and plenty of tired bodies afterwards.

For more information about cycling in the French Alps and the climbs of the 2022 Tour de France head over to our French Alps guide here, or straight to the ride guide here.

Two Difficult Stages in the Pyrenees

After the French Alps, the peloton will transition to the Pyrenees over 4 stages which are a mix of flat and hilly. Included in this period of the 2022 race is the final rest day in Carcassonne. Riders then head into the foothills of the Pyrenees finishing in the town of Foix. After this "easier" period the tour heads up again. Stage 17 takes in the climbs of Col d'Aspin, Hourquette d'Ancizan and Col d'Azet before heading up and finishing at Peyragudes. The following day Stage 18 sees the riders head over Col d'Aubisque, Col de Spandelles and finishing on Hautacam above Argeles Gazost.

For more information about cycling in the Pyrenees and the climbs of the 2022 Tour de France head over to our Pyrenees guide here, or straight to the ride guide here.

For more information on the 2022 Tour route on the official Tour de France site click here.

2013 TDF peloton riding the climb of Alpe d'Huez

Stage by Stage on the 2022 Tour de France

In the table below we have included a summary of each stage to help keep you up to date with when and where each stage is. As more information about each stage becomes available we will add it so check back. If you would like some more information about all the categorised climbs of the 2022 Tour de France then head over to our other page which just focuses on that aspect.

StageDateStartFinishStage highlightsDistanceClassificationCategorised climbsRegion
1Fri, Jul 1, 2022CopenhagenCopenhagenA short time trial to get the tour under way in the city of Copenhagen.13km / 8 milesIndividual Time TrialDenmark
2Sat, Jul 2, 2022RoskildeNyborgThe great belt crossing across the sea, 18km in length. This stage could be impacted by wind which always makes for interesting racing199km / 124 milesFlatDenmark
3Sun, Jul 3, 2022VejleSønderborgOne for the sprint teams to gain some dominance182km / 114 milesFlatDenmark
Transfer dayMon, Jul 4, 2022
4Tue, Jul 5, 2022DunkerqueCalaisCould a day for a brave breakaway. Wind could again play a role as the peloton gets near the coast.172km / 108 milesHillyNord, Pas de Calais
5Wed, Jul 6, 2022Lille MétropoleArenburg Porte du HainautRiders will hit some of the famous cobble sections from Paris Roubaix. Always a controversial addition to the Tour de France.155km / 97 milesHillyNord
6Thu, Jul 7, 2022BincheLongwyA couple of short punchy climbs as the peloton heads through the Ardennes. The longest stage for the 2022 Tour de France220km / 138 milesHillyCôte de Pulventeux, Longwy-Côte de ReligieusesBelgium / Meurthe et Moselle
7Fri, Jul 8, 2022TomblaineLa Super Blanch des Belles FillesThe first summit finish for the 2022 Tour de France. This climb is sure to give Primoz Roglic nightmares176km / 110 milesMountainLa Super Blance des Belles FillesMeurthe et Moselle, Haute Saône
8Sat, Jul 9, 2022DoleLausanneThe peloton heads into Switzerland for a short but steep climb to the finish184km / 115 milesHillyCôte du Stade Olympique - LausanneJura, Switzerland
9Sun, Jul 10, 2022AigleChâtel les Portes du SoleilThe first bigger day in the mountains with 3 categorized climbs to tackle.183km / 114 milesMountainCol des Mosses, Col de la Croix, Pas de Morgins , Châtel les Portes du SoleilSwitzerland, Haute Savoie
Rest DayMon, Jul 11, 2022
10Tue, Jul 12, 2022Morzine les Portes du SoleilMegéveThe riders head along Lake Geneva before heading into the mountains for another finish at altitude148km / 92 milesHillyMontée de L'Altiport de MegéveHaute Savoie
11Wed, Jul 13, 2022AlbertvilleCol du GranonThe first of 2 big days in the Alps for the 2022 Tour de France. This stage includes 4 categorised climbs.149km / 93 milesMountainLacets de Mont Vernier, Col de Télégraphe, Col du Galibier, Col du GranonSavoie, Haute Alpes
12Thu, Jul 14, 2022BriançonAlpe d'HuezThe second day in the Alps will see another 3 categorised climbs culminating with a finish on the legendary Alpe d'Huez.166km / 104 milesMountainCol du Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer, Alpe d'HuezHaute Alpes
13Fri, Jul 15, 2022Bourg d'OisansSaint ÉtienneAfter a tough few days in the mountains its time for the sprinters to continue the battle for the Green Jersey193km / 121 milesFlatIsère, Loire
14Sat, Jul 16, 2022Saint ÉtienneMendeA lumpy stage that could be good for a breakaway rider to take the win195km / 122 milesHillyMendeLoire, Lozère
15Sun, Jul 17, 2022RodezCarcassonneAnother day for the sprinters200km / 125 milesFlatAveyron, Aude
Rest DayMon, Jul 18, 2022
16Tue, Jul 19, 2022CarcassonneFoixThe peloton heads back to the mountains this time into the Pyrenees. A couple of climbs towards the end of the stage to mix things up179km / 112 milesHillyPort de Lers, Mer de PéguéreAude, Ariège
17Wed, Jul 20, 2022Saint GaudensPeyragudes4 big mountain passes with another finish on a mountain top runway. Back over to the GC battle130km / 81 milesMountainCol d'Aspin, Hourquette d'Ancizan, Col de Val Louren-Azet, PeyregoudesHaute Garonne, Haute Pyrénées
18Thu, Jul 21, 2022LourdesHautacamThe last day of the big mountains for the 2022 Tour de France. One last chance for a podium place?143km / 89 milesMountainCol d'Aubisque, Col de Spandelles, HautacamHaute Pyrénées
19Fri, Jul 22, 2022Castelnau-MagnoacCahorsAfter the previous big days in the mountains the sprinters once again have a chance for that covetted stage win189km / 118 milesFlatHaute Pyrénées, Lot
20Sat, Jul 23, 2022Lacapelle-MarivalRocamadourWill this decide the overall winner of the Tour? Who still has the energy for one last push towards the podium?40km / 25 milesIndividual Time TrialLot
21Sun, Jul 24, 2022Paris La Défence ArenaChamps ÉlyséesTime to break out the champagne and toast to the great race before the sprinters get one last chance112km / 70 milesFlatParis

How to watch the 2022 Tour de France

There are two ways of watching the Tour de France. Firstly you can head to France and watch the action live by the side of the road or secondly, watch the race on one of the many TV stations or online streaming services on offer. If you are planning to be in France you can choose one of the many tour companies that are offering trips to the 2021 Tour de France or choose to do you own thing.

2022 Tour de France Tour Companies

There are plenty of cycle tour companies that offer trips to watch the Tour de France if you would like someone to take care of everything for you. The Tour de France officially endorses seven different tour companies, three premium companies and three official operators. These companies are given access to areas that are off-limits to the general public including the start area, hospitality and the finish areas. You will have the opportunity to ride on the course where the general public will not and meet the riders before the start of the stage. These companies have access to accommodation through the organisers which means you will not have as far to drive at the start and end of the days as well as parking in restricted areas.

There are also plenty of other tour companies that offer holidays to follow the Tour de France. While these companies are unlikely to have the same access levels as the official tour companies you will still enjoy everything the Tour de France has to offer.

We have compiled a list of both the official Tour de France tour operators and the non-official operators. You can click on the name of the company to head to their web site and see what is on offer. Whether you want a holiday just watching the race with no riding, or lots of riding every day you will find a trip that is right for you.

Official tour companies of the 2022 Tour de France

  • Tour de France premium operators
  • Tour de France official operators
  • Non-official operators
Tour de France premium operators
Bike sculpture at the top of Col d'Aubisque

The companies listed here are the official premium operators of the Tour de France:

tompson bike tours – offering 4 different trips covering different sections of the race. From 6 to 10 days in duration.

Custom Getaways – offering 10 different options between 1 and 7 days in length. Options cover different stages of the race.

Sports Tours International – choose from 15 different options ranging from a single stage to 7 days.

Tour de France official operators
Tour de france fans cheering riders on the side of the road

The companies listed here are the official operators of the Tour de France:

Discover France – choose from 12 options ranging from single stages to 6 days. Options for start or finish line access or a VIP helicopter flight

mummu cycling – offering 7 different trips for 2021 ranging from 3 to 8 days in length. Some trips are hosted by ex-pro Stuart O'Grady.

Trek Travel – offering 5 different 2021 trips ranging from 1 to 10 days. Tour prices includes the hire of a premium Trek bike.

Non-official operators
tour de france cycling spectator

The companies listed here all offer trips to watch the Tour de France but are not official partners of the race.

Bike Style Tours – 2022 tours not released

Escape Adventures – 2022 tours not released

Ride Holidays New Zealand – 2022 not released

Ride International Tours – offering a 10 day trip covering the final 10 days of the 2022 Tour de France.

Velo Tours – for 2022 choose from a Pyrenees or French Alps tour, both are 10 days in length.

Watching the Tour de France live

For any cycling fan, cheering the riders at the side of the road at the Tour de France is something we highly recommend. It is true that you stand at the side of the road for hours only to watch the riders flash past in a matter of minutes, but it is so much more than that. The mountain stages are generally the most popular and it is not unheard of to have hundreds of thousands of spectators line the road as it twists and turns up the steep gradients. We have an article dedicated to watching the Tour de France which you can read here.

Where to watch the 2022 TDF on TV – country by country

The Tour de France is shown live in 190 countries around the world so no matter where you are you should be able to find somewhere to watch the coverage. Below is a list of TV stations and streaming services that are the official broadcast partners of the Tour de France.

Streaming services will not necessarily work in every single country due to rights restrictions and geo-blocking so make sure you check before signing up. If you are away from your usual country of residence you may find your streaming service no longer works so double check before you leave. A good VPN can come in handy here.

Television networks – Live coverage

  • Europe
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa

Belgium – RTBF

Czech Republic – Ceska Televise

Europe – Eurosport

France – France TV Sport & Eurosport France

Germany – ARD.

Italy – RAI Sport

Ireland – TG4

Luxembourg – RTL

Netherlands – NOS

Norway – TV2

Portugal – RTP

Slovakia – RTVS

Slovenia – TRV SLO

Spain – RTVE

Switzerland – SRG SSR

United Kingdom – ITV

Wales – S4C

Fans line the road of alpe d'huez waiting for the tdf riders

Canada – Flobikes

Columbia – Caracol TV

Latin America and Caribbean – ESPN

South America – TV5 Monde

United States of America – NBC Sports & TV5 Monde

The final kilometres on the climb to Luz Ardiden
Asia Pacific

Australia – SBS

China – CCTV and Zhibo TV

Japan – J Sports

New Zealand – Sky Sports

Southeast Asia – Eurosport & GCN

Middle East and Africa

Middle East and North Africa – BeIN Sports and TV5 Monde

Sub-Saharan Africa – Supersport and TV5 Monde

The view towards Luz Saint Sauveur from the top of Col du Tourmalet
Cyclist descending Luz Ardiden switchbacks, French Pyrenees

Tour de France basics

If you are a new comer to the Tour de France and cycle races in general you may not be aware of many of the terms used while you watching the race. To help we have put together some information so you better understand everything that is going on.

The Tour de France jerseys

There are four different competitions within the Tour de France being the overall winner (yellow jersey), best sprinter (green jersey), best mountain climber (polka dot jersey) and the best youngest rider (white jersey). It is possible for a rider to win more than one jersey in a single race. In the 2020 edition of the race Tadej Pogačar won the Yellow, Polka Dot and White jerseys. We will explain each of these in turn below.

1. The Yellow Jersey – this is the jersey everyone wants to win and is the overall winner of the Tour de France. The yellow jersey is awarded to the rider with the shortest overall time when all the stage times are added up. Riders can also be awarded bonus seconds for finishing in the top 3 of a stage where they are awarded 10, 6 or 4 seconds bonus for finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Given the 2020 Tour de France was won by a margin of only 59 seconds, the bonus seconds can make a difference.

2. The Green jersey – this jersey is won based on an accumulation of points awarded to riders through intermediate sprint points during the stage and at the finish line. The first 15 riders are awarded points which vary based on the type of stage. For example, on a flat stage the first over the line is awarded 50 points while on a mountain stage only 20 points are awarded for first. This jersey rewards rider consistency and is awarded to a rider who can sprint well but also gain intermediate points.

3. The Polka Dot jersey – this jersey is awarded based on the accumulation of points awarded at the top of climbs. The harder the climb the more points that are on offer for the win. This jersey is suited to those riders who are good climbers.

4. The White jersey – only riders under the age of 26 are eligible for this jersey and it is awarded to the rider with the shortest overall time in this category.

The A-Z of French cycling terms

While watching the Tour de France you will quite often see French language terms used either by commentators or on the screen. We have put together a list of the some of the more common French cycling terms with their English translation so you know what they mean.

Arrière du Peloton – the rear of the main group of riders

Arrivée – Stage finish

Bonification – Bonus seconds

Chrono – time trial

Classement – classification or rank

Départ – Stage start

Director Sportif – the team director who sits in the following car and manages their riders

Domestique – these riders work for the team leaders and make sure they are looked after

Étape – stage

Étape de plaine – flat stage

Étape de accidentées – hilly stage

Étape de montagne – mountain stage

Flamme rouge – the red flag that designates 1km left to the finish

Grand Départ – First stage start

Grimpeur – a rider who is considered a natural climber

Hors catégorie – the hardest of mountain climbs, “beyond categorisation”.

Lantern rouge – the person in last position in the race

Maillot Jaune – Yellow Jersey

Maillot Vert – Green Jersey

Maillot Blanc À pois rouges – Polka dot jersey

Maillot Blanc – White Jersey

Massif – mountain range

Musette – the bag that riders are handed at feed zones

Palmarés – a rider’s career achievements

Pavé – cobbled streets and roads. Made famous by the Paris Roubaix cycling race

Peloton – the main bunch of riders

Puncheur – riders who are good a rolling terrain and short steep hill climbs

Rouleur – a rider who is great on the flatter roads but not so good once it gets steeper

Soigneur – team helpers who look after the riders both during and after the race

Tete de la course – head of the race

A little bit of Tour de France History

The Tour de France first ran in 1903 and apart from a break during WW1 and WW2 has run every year since. 2022 is the 109th edition of the race. Over the years there have been some great records created and we list some of them below.

Most number of Tour de France wins – 5 Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

Most times in the yellow jersey – 111 Eddy Merckx

Greatest number of stage wins – 34 Eddy Merckx and Mark Cavendish

Greatest number of stages won in a single tour – 8 Charles Péllssier

Greatest number of podiums – 8 Raymond Poulidor

Most Tour de Frances ridden – 18 Sylvain Chavanel

Most Green Jerseys – 7 Peter Sagan

Most Polka Dot Jerseys – 7 Richard Virenque

Most White Jerseys – 3 Jan Ullrich and Andy Schleck