Route for Tour de France has 'a bit of everything'

Sports | AGENCIES 15 Oct 2021

Tour de France organizers have designed a highly treacherous route for next year's edition, which will feature rides in gusting winds, cobblestones and punishing mountain stages.

The race will start with a 13-kilometer individual time trial in Copenhagen before the second stage takes the peloton over the 18km Great Belt bridge.

"It's windy 364 days a year here," Tour director Christian Prudhomme said. "This Tour can be lost as early as the second day."

Those who get past the three-day opening block in Denmark and fourth stage through the Flanders hills must cope with the fifth stage through cobbled sectors between Lille and Arenberg, where light climbers are expected to suffer on a day that could be marred by crashes and mechanical problems due to the tricky terrain.

Cycling fans can look forward to five mountain slogs and a pulsating penultimate day with a time trial over a 40km course.

"It's a race with a bit of everything," course designer Thierry Gouvenou said.

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