Tour de France, the final adjustments to the route have been made during the past several weeks based on the modifications made to the initial course by the Tour de France organizing staff, who are in constant contact with the local authorities responsible for road maintenance.
The first cobbled sector was intended to start at kilometer 80 for the first segment of 1,400 meters on stage five of the Tour de France between Lille and Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut.
The course’s creator, Thierry Gouvenou, has made some minor adjustments in light of the most recent reconnaissance data.
“An adjustment was made to improve road safety, but this poses safety problems for a cycling peloton that will most certainly be racing at a high speed as it approaches the first cobbled sector (#11). A bypass route has been chosen to take this first difficulty in the opposite direction, i.e., from Fressain to Villers-au-Tertre”.
The change makes the stage 3.3 km longer (157 vs. 153.7 km), but the total cobble distance, which stays at 19.4 km, is unaffected.
Additionally, it has been feasible to postpone the work scheduled for the approach to sectors 10 and 9 until after the Grande Boucle thanks to interactions with the Nord department and the relevant towns.
Stage 5 of the 2022 Tour de France is from Lille to Arenberg
On the fifth stage on Wednesday, July 6, the Tour de France offers its interpretation of Paris-Roubaix. The course, which covers 153.7 kilometres and goes from Lille to Arenberg, includes the cobbles made famous by the Hell of the North. 20 kilometres, to be exact, of the route will be pavé.
Although it has been a while since the last time, Lille has hosted the Tour de France on numerous occasions. Marcel Kittel won the race in 2014, the previous finish was in 1982, and the penultimate appearance was in 1994.
Arenberg is the destination of the fifth stage of the 2022 Tour de France. The Trouée d’Arenberg from Paris-Roubaix made the village well-known, but it also served as the site of two Tour de France finishes. Thor Hushovd won a race featuring seven cobblestone sectors in 2010, while Lars Boom succeeded the powerful Norwegian in 2014. In that last stage, which was held in wet conditions, Vincenzo Nibali improved on his eventual GC victory while reigning champion Chris Froome dropped out of contention.
In 2018, when John Degenkolb won the stage, and in 2015, when Tony Martin won the day’s top honors and the yellow jersey, the Tour last stopped in the pavé. Both of those races were uneventful.
The renowned Trouée d’Arenberg is not a part of the race, despite the fact that the stage ends at Arenberg. Additionally, Mons-en-Pévèle and Carrefour de l’Arbre aren’t sectors from hell. The fifth stage won’t be as challenging as a typical Paris-Roubaix, but it will be fascinating to see how the general classification competitors handle their contemporary bikes on the ancient road. Meanwhile, you can pretty well guarantee that people like Tom Pidcock, Mathieu van der Poel, and Wout van Aert will go above and beyond to put on the spectacle we’re after.
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