Matt White: ‘It’s going to be a very stressful first week’ in Tour de France 2022

LANDERNEAU FRANCE JUNE 26 Lucas Hamilton of Australia and Team BikeExchange at arrival during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 1 a 1978km stage from Brest to Landerneau Cte De La Fosse Aux Loups 176m LeTour TDF2021 on June 26 2021 in Landerneau France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange) after a crash-marred first stage of the 2021 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Getting through the first part of the Tour de France unscathed could be a big part of the battle again in 2022, with Team BikeExchange pointing to the likelihood of a tough first week after the route was announced on Thursday.

After the 13km city-centre time trial that starts the race in Copenhagen on July 1 the next two stages skirt the Danish coast line. After a rest day on Monday with some travel thrown in, it's then onto a stage on the northern French coast before the riders face up to 11 sectors of cobblestones on stage 5. 

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