Tour de France 2022 Route stage 4: Dunkirk - Calais

Tour de France 2022Tuesday 5 July - The first race on French soil is played out in the rolling landscape of the northwest of France. The 171.5 kilometres race sets off from Dunkirk to finish in Calais.

Dunkirk has been a regular host to the Tour de France. The last stage start was in 2007. The race went to Ghent, where Gert Steegmans took the win.

Calais is relatively unexperienced in terms of hosting La Grande Boucle. It’s the third time in the 120-year history of the Tour that the town on the Opal Coast welcomes the race withins its borders. Previous occassions were in 1994 – TTT start – and in 2001. That last stage went to Antwerp and was won by Marc Wauters. So both were stage starts, 2022 is bound to see the first stage finish in Calais.

With both start and finish coastal towns windy conditions could play a crucial role. Moreover, the route is far from flat, although big climbs are absent. The combination of constant winds and neverending undulations could prove to be decisive, while the last climb of the day is expected to have an impact as well. The Côte du Cap Blanc-Nez is 900 metres long, averages 7,5%, and is crested 10.8 kilometres before the finish.

The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds.

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