The Tour de France is the biggest event in cycling, and 176 riders began the 2022 race on Friday, July 1 to determine the most complete rider in the world.
For 21 stages over 24 days, the best cyclists in the world will pedal over flat roads, climb punishing mountains, and eventually finish in Paris to determine the winner of the yellow jersey. Those riders are split into 22 teams of eight, with most in support of a team leader they’d like to see bring home the biggest prize in the sport.
The Tour this year begins in Denmark, where three stages will be contested over mostly flat roads around the nation. From there the race will head to France for the last 18 stages, with most road racing until the Pyrenees mountains in the southeast part of L’Hexagone begin to give the climbers a chance to compete.
And the last week of the race sees the peloton head to the Alps, where the yellow jersey is usually decided. A final day on the streets of Paris will be the 21st and final stage, as the riders that have survived the grueling three-plus weeks will finish along one of the most famous stretches of road in the world, the Champs-Elysees.
Stage 1 recap: Yves Lampaert won the opening time trial, finishing five seconds ahead of Wout van Aert to claim the yellow jersey in Copenhagen.
Stage 2 recap: Pre-stage favorite Fabio Jakobsen won a sprint in the final kilometer to secure the stage victory. Wout van Aert finished second and moved past Yves Lampaert to claim the yellow jersey. A sizable crash split the peloton in half, but because it happened within the final three kilometers they claim the same time as the group winner. Tadej Pogačar was part of that group and remains in third for the yellow jersey.
Stage 3 recap: Dylan Groenewegen managed to win a photo finish at the line to take home the stage. With the sprint at the end, he also moved to third in the points race with 15 total, five adrift from Magnus Nielsen from Team EF Education-Easypost. Wout Van Aert is second in points and finished second in the stage, and the six-second time bonus for doing so puts him :07 ahead over Yves Lampaert, so he will retain the yellow jersey. It’s been a battle of sprinters so far, and we’ll see how long that holds as the race moves to Metropolitan France.
Stage 4 recap: It was a rare solo breakaway from the man in the yellow jersey, as Wout van Aert gets his first stage win of 2022 after finishing second in the first three stages in Denmark. The Belgian now has a :25 lead in the general classification, and seems to be the favorite to hold the lead until at least the Pyrenees.
Stage 5 recap: A day filled with crashes and cobblestones was wild, but despite playing the role of domestique most of the day, Wout van Aert remains in the maillot jaune. As the last man across the line in a four-man breakaway, American Neilson Powless pulled himself into second place for the yellow jersey for Team EF Education-Easypost following a failed sprint for the line. Australia’s Simon Clarke looked to be no better than third with less than half a kilometer remaining, but a tremendous push got him the photo finish victory over Taco van der Hoorn of The Netherlands. Van Aert is still the leader with a :13 advantage over Powless.
Stage 6 recap: With a pair of breakaways at the end of the stage, Tadej Pogačar had enough in the tank to pull away at the end and take the stage by a couple bike lengths as the first group crossed the line. With the :10 time bonus for the win, he also ended up four seconds ahead of America’s Neilson Powless for the yellow jersey. Yesterday’s maillot jaune holder Wout van Aert had a true struggle, falling 07:28 off the pace today and likely ending his time near the top of the GC.
Stage 7 recap: A dramatic overtaking by yellow jersey holder Tadej Pogačar over Lennard Kamna with less than 50 meters to the finish line gave him the stage win to extend his lead at the Tour de France. At the summit of La Super Planche des Belles Filles, Pogačar was pulled to the finish line by Jonas Vingegaard, but passed him as well near the line for the bonus :10 for winning the stage.
Kamna just ran out of gas, settling for fourth after a wonderful effort from the front all day.
Stage 8 recap: Wout van Aert wins his second stage of the 2022 Tour de France with a sprint to the line at the top of a climb in Lausanne, Switzerland on Saturday. But Tadej Pogačar, who had won the last two stages, continues his stranglehold on the event by finishing third today to extend his lead to :39 in the General Classification.
Pogačar now wears the yellow jersey, would also wear the white for best young rider if there was space on his body, is second for the polka dots for best climber, and third for the green as the best in the points race.
Stage 9 recap: Bob Jungels won the mountain stage that started in Switzerland and finished in France. He became the first Luxembourg cyclist in 11 years to claim a stage victory. He won by 22 seconds over Jonathan Castroviejo.
Tadej Pogačar finished in fifth place in a virtual tie with Jonas Vingegaard, which means there is no change at the top of the yellow jersey standings. Pogačar remains 39 seconds ahead of Vingegaard. Geraint Thomas finished three seconds behind the top two, which means he is now 1:17 back of Pogačar in the overall standings.
Stage 10 recap: While it was a rough day for the leaders, who fell behind a breakaway pack that consolidated the top of the GC, it was a dramatic finish on an airfield at the top of a 12 mile climb. Magnus Nielsen threw his bike at the finish line to take the Stage 10 win from Nick Schultz on Tuesday.
Tadej Pogačar needed to push at the end to keep the yellow jersey, but he remains 11 seconds ahead of Lennard Kämna who was part of the original breakaway group that crossed the line about eight minutes in front of the maillot jaune.
Stage 11 recap: A daring breakaway from Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard with about three miles to go won him his first-ever stage in the Tour de France, and also put him in the yellow jersey for the first time in his career on Wednesday.
Vingegaard attacked while on the final climb, and no one had the energy to go with him. Nairo Quintana was able to stay :59 back, but the breakaway from a rider that had yet to win a stage in the Tour in his career seemed to catch most of the others by surprise. As his reward, he now has over a two-minute lead in the biggest race in cycling.
Stage 12 recap: During a dramatic climb of the legendary Alpe d’Huez on Bastille Day in France, it was a British rider taking top honors as Thomas Pidcock of Team Ineos Grenadiers crossed the line first during Stage 12 of the 2022 Tour de France on Thursday.
Jonas Vingegaard took over the yellow jersey for the first time yesterday, and he went with the previous wearer in two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar in what was mostly a side-by-side ascent for the two leaders of Le Tour. With both men crossing the line at the same time, Vingegaard maintains his 2:22 lead over Pogacar heading into Stage 13.
Stage 13 recap: Former world champion Mads Pedersen won his first stage ever at the Tour de France as part of a three-man breakaway on the 192.6 km trip from Le Bourg d’Oisans to Saint-Étienne on Friday. The flat stage follows several days of rides through the Alps, and recovery of energy was the order of the day for most of the field.
The peloton elected to allow a six-man breakaway with no effect on the GC, and Pedersen made a move from that group with about 15 km remaining. He was joined by Fred Wright and Hugo Houle, but the strength of Pedersen as a sprinter made the outcome not much in doubt even inside of a mile remaining.
Stage 14 recap: After two runner up finishes in the 2022 Tour de France so far, Australia’s Michael Matthews got his first win in Stage 14 on Saturday via a late charge over Italy’s Alberto Bettiol.
There was a 23-man breakaway group from the rest of the trailing peloton, but two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar was unable to gain any distance on yellow jersey holder Jonas Vingegaard. Pogacar attempted to break away to regain some of the 2:22 he’s trailing, but Dane Vingegaard stayed right on his rear wheel all the way up the final climb and to the finish to lose not even a second on the day.
Stage 15 recap: A whopping 52 riders crossed the line with the same time, but Belgium’s Jasper Philipsen won the sprint to the line today in Carcassonne to take home the 15th stage of the 2022 Tour de France. The 202.5 km stage was mostly flat, and gave some of the stronger sprinters in the field a chance to garner a victory.
Overall Tour leader Jonas Vingegaard did crash, but recovered with no damage and finished with the same time as the others in contention for his yellow jersey. He still has a sizable lead over second place Tadej Pogacar (2:22 behind) and Geraint Thomas (2:43) heading into Monday’s off day.
Stage 16 recap: Canada’s Hugo Houle became only the second rider from his country to claim a Tour de France stage win on Tuesday, winning the first stage in the Pyrenees with a solo surge, crossing 70 seconds ahead of anyone else on the 178.5km journey from Carcassonne to Foix.
But for the maillot jaune, nothing changes. Jonas Vinegaard remains 2:22 ahead of two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar, and still has a 2:43 lead on Britain’s Geraint Thomas. Vinegaard needs to stay glued to the wheel of Pogacar for three more days and he would take home the victory. Vinegaard has moved to becoming the -300 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, with Pogacar a +250 underdog.
Stage 17 recap: Jonas Vingegaard in the yellow jersey continued to stay glued to the rear wheel of the second place Tadej Pogacar the entire day. Pogacar failed to separate as part of the three-man lead group with American Brandon McNulty of Team UAE’s, so the top two riders in the General Classification crossed the line 1-2, with Pogacar taking the stage win. Vingegaard happily conceded only four bonus seconds, and his 2:18 overall advantage is here with three stages remaining.
2018 Tour winner Geraint Thomas finished 2:07 further behind the leaders today, and is now 4:56 back and likely out of contention. Belgium’s Wout Van Aert also locked up the green jersey after an intermediate sprint, with a points so big he cannot be caught.
Stage 18 recap: With a stage win that likely secures his 2022 Tour de France victory, yellow jersey holder Jonas Vingegaard won the stage with a terrific attack up the final climb. he gained an additional 1:08 on two-time defending TdF champion Tadej Pogacar, and the lead is 3:26 with just three stages remaining, and none in the mountains.
Vingegaard is now the massive favorite to become the first Danish winner of the Tour since Bjarne Riis in 1996.
Stage 19 recap: France gets on the board with a stage win, Christophe Laporte becomes the first rider from his country to win a 2022 Tour de France stage. A sprint at the end pulled him away from the final group, giving him enough time to celebrate crossing the line more than a full second than the rest of the pack.
It’s the fifth stage win for Laporte in his career, but there was no change at the top of the GC. Soon-to-be winner Jonas Vingegaard is 3:21 of Tadej Pogacar, and Team Jumbo - Visma now has three of the four jerseys. All Vingegaard needs is to stay on the bike tomorrow for the individual time trial, and he will be atop the podium in Paris.
Stage 20 recap: His name is Jonas, and he’s carryin’ the wheels to victory.
Belgium’s Wout van Aert wins his third stage of the 2022 Tour de France, but the story is the continued dominance of Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard, who took second in the Stage 20 individual time trial on Saturday. Tadej Pogacar finished third, but dropped another eight seconds to fall 3:34 behind before tomorrow’s final stage in Paris.
It will be a celebration from Team Jumbo - Visma, with plenty of champagne.
Stage 21 recap: Jasper Philipsen picked up his second stage win of the 2022 Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday, as what has been a dramatic run to the yellow jersey comes to a close.
Jonas Vingegaard takes home the yellow for Denmark, while Tadej Pogacar’s dynasty takes at least a bit of a falter as the two-time defending champion finishes second. Pogacar wins the white jersey as the best young rider under 25, and Wout van Aert the green jersey for the points race as the best sprinter. Expect van Aert to potentially be competing with his own team for yellow sometime soon.
Vingegaard also gets the polka dots as the King of the Mountains for his coming-out party in this year’s Tour.
2022 Tour de France Final Leaderboard
|1||J. Vingegaard||Jumbo - Visma||79H 33' 20''|
|2||T. Pogacar||Uae Team Emirates||00H 02' 43''|
|3||G. Thomas||Ineos Grenadiers||00H 07' 22''|
|4||D. Gaudu||Groupama - Fdj||00H 13' 39''|
|5||A. Vlasov||Bora - Hansgrohe||00H 15' 46''|
|6||N. Quintana||Team Arkea - Samsic||00H 16' 33''|
|7||R. Bardet||Team Dsm||00H 18' 11''|
|8||L. Meintjes||Intermarche - Wanty - Gobert Materiaux||00H 18' 44''|
|9||A. Lutsenko||Astana - Qazaqstan Team||00H 22' 56''|
|10||A. Yates||Ineos Grenadiers||00H 24' 52''|
|11||V. Madouas||Groupama - Fdj||00H 35' 59''|
|12||B. Jungels||Ag2R Citroen Team||00H 45' 23''|
|13||N. Powless||Ef Education - Easypost||00H 46' 57''|
|14||L. Sanchez||Bahrain Victorious||00H 49' 18''|
|15||T. Pinot||Groupama - Fdj||00H 50' 25''|
|16||P. Konrad||Bora - Hansgrohe||00H 56' 54''|
|17||T. Pidcock||Ineos Grenadiers||01H 01' 15''|
|18||S. Kuss||Jumbo - Visma||01H 02' 29''|
|19||D. Teuns||Bahrain Victorious||01H 11' 30''|
|20||B. Mcnulty||Uae Team Emirates||01H 31' 19''|
|21||M. Jorgenson||Movistar Team||01H 33' 57''|
|22||W. Van Aert||Jumbo - Visma||01H 35' 55''|
|23||N. Schultz||Team Bikeexchange-Jayco||01H 39' 41''|
|24||H. Houle||Israel-Premier Tech||01H 42' 14''|
|25||B. Mollema||Trek - Segafredo||01H 45' 57''|
|26||R. Uran||Ef Education - Easypost||01H 48' 18''|
|27||C. Verona||Movistar Team||01H 53' 03''|
|28||A. Leknessund||Team Dsm||01H 57' 31''|
|29||G. Mühlberger||Movistar Team||01H 59' 03''|
|30||D. Martinez||Ineos Grenadiers||02H 00' 55''|
|31||S. Velasco||Astana - Qazaqstan Team||02H 04' 24''|
|32||D. Van Baarle||Ineos Grenadiers||02H 15' 34''|
|33||S. Küng||Groupama - Fdj||02H 15' 46''|
|34||S. Schönberger||B&B Hotels - Ktm||02H 16' 55''|
|35||M. Storer||Groupama - Fdj||02H 23' 15''|
|36||T. Benoot||Jumbo - Visma||02H 23' 34''|
|37||T. Gallopin||Trek - Segafredo||02H 25' 11''|
|38||C. Hamilton||Team Dsm||02H 25' 38''|
|39||A. Zeits||Astana - Qazaqstan Team||02H 26' 22''|
|40||I. Izaguirre Insausti||Cofidis||02H 30' 08''|
|41||A. Bettiol||Ef Education - Easypost||02H 34' 44''|
|42||L. Owsian||Team Arkea - Samsic||02H 37' 48''|
|43||J. Dombrowski||Astana - Qazaqstan Team||02H 37' 51''|
|44||G. Zimmermann||Intermarche - Wanty - Gobert Materiaux||02H 39' 40''|
|45||S. Geschke||Cofidis||02H 41' 23''|
|46||M. Schachmann||Bora - Hansgrohe||02H 44' 04''|
|47||K. Goossens||Intermarche - Wanty - Gobert Materiaux||02H 46' 07''|
|48||K. Geniets||Groupama - Fdj||02H 48' 08''|
|49||J. Castroviejo||Ineos Grenadiers||02H 51' 34''|
|50||M. Bouet||Team Arkea - Samsic||02H 51' 56''|
|51||A. Pasqualon||Intermarche - Wanty - Gobert Materiaux||02H 56' 22''|
|52||N. Oliveira||Movistar Team||02H 57' 39''|
|53||F. Grossschartner||Bora - Hansgrohe||02H 58' 15''|
|54||B. Thomas||Cofidis||03H 03' 38''|
|55||F. Wright||Bahrain Victorious||03H 04' 08''|
|56||N. Politt||Bora - Hansgrohe||03H 10' 29''|
|57||P. Latour||Totalenergies||03H 12' 06''|
|58||E. Boasson Hagen||Totalenergies||03H 12' 58''|
|59||G. Ciccone||Trek - Segafredo||03H 16' 44''|
|60||S. Dillier||Alpecin - Deceuninck||03H 17' 17''|
|61||T. Skujins||Trek - Segafredo||03H 17' 28''|
|62||A. Duchesne||Groupama - Fdj||03H 18' 18''|
|63||P. Perichon||Cofidis||03H 25' 32''|
|64||M. Tusveld||Team Dsm||03H 28' 03''|
|65||S. Dewulf||Ag2R Citroen Team||03H 29' 18''|
|66||F. Bonnamour||B&B Hotels - Ktm||03H 30' 36''|
|67||Q. Simmons||Trek - Segafredo||03H 30' 44''|
|68||M. Burgaudeau||Totalenergies||03H 32' 06''|
|69||P. Rolland||B&B Hotels - Ktm||03H 34' 33''|
|70||C. Swift||Team Arkea - Samsic||03H 35' 05''|
|71||K. Sbaragli||Alpecin - Deceuninck||03H 36' 18''|
|72||J. Tratnik||Bahrain Victorious||03H 37' 31''|
|73||A. Kron||Lotto Soudal||03H 37' 37''|
|74||M. Louvel||Team Arkea - Samsic||03H 40' 06''|
|75||C. Laporte||Jumbo - Visma||03H 40' 10''|
|76||P. Gilbert||Lotto Soudal||03H 41' 54''|
|77||G. Niv||Israel-Premier Tech||03H 44' 22''|
|78||M. Matthews||Team Bikeexchange-Jayco||03H 45' 59''|
|79||K. Neilands||Israel-Premier Tech||03H 46' 16''|
|80||C. Barthe||B&B Hotels - Ktm||03H 48' 34''|
|81||J. Stuyven||Trek - Segafredo||03H 49' 28''|
|82||H. Hofstetter||Team Arkea - Samsic||03H 49' 57''|
|83||S. Bissegger||Ef Education - Easypost||03H 51' 46''|
|84||A. Perez||Cofidis||03H 52' 20''|
|85||A. Capiot||Team Arkea - Samsic||03H 52' 55''|
|86||M. Mohoric||Bahrain Victorious||03H 52' 57''|
|87||M. Haller||Bora - Hansgrohe||03H 53' 05''|
|88||O. Le Gac||Groupama - Fdj||03H 56' 05''|
|89||A. Gougeard||B&B Hotels - Ktm||03H 58' 15''|
|90||O. Doull||Ef Education - Easypost||03H 58' 19''|
|91||B. Cosnefroy||Ag2R Citroen Team||03H 58' 31''|
|92||J. Philipsen||Alpecin - Deceuninck||03H 59' 10''|
|93||S. Bystrøm||Intermarche - Wanty - Gobert Materiaux||03H 59' 19''|
|94||J. Rutsch||Ef Education - Easypost||03H 59' 21''|
|95||F. Ganna||Ineos Grenadiers||04H 03' 31''|
|96||M. Cattaneo||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||04H 03' 52''|
|97||A. Riabushenko||Astana - Qazaqstan Team||04H 04' 20''|
|98||A. Bagioli||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||04H 10' 00''|
|99||M. Pedersen||Trek - Segafredo||04H 11' 50''|
|100||A. Dainese||Team Dsm||04H 14' 14''|
|101||L. Mezgec||Team Bikeexchange-Jayco||04H 16' 13''|
|102||A. Kristoff||Intermarche - Wanty - Gobert Materiaux||04H 17' 14''|
|103||L. Mozzato||B&B Hotels - Ktm||04H 18' 54''|
|104||A. Krieger||Alpecin - Deceuninck||04H 19' 42''|
|105||J. Degenkolb||Team Dsm||04H 23' 05''|
|106||L. Rowe||Ineos Grenadiers||04H 26' 40''|
|107||F. Senechal||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||04H 28' 14''|
|108||F. Vermeersch||Lotto Soudal||04H 28' 53''|
|109||D. Van Poppel||Bora - Hansgrohe||04H 30' 28''|
|110||E. Planckaert||Alpecin - Deceuninck||04H 33' 44''|
|111||A. Petit||Intermarche - Wanty - Gobert Materiaux||04H 35' 05''|
|112||M. Honoré||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||04H 36' 55''|
|113||C. Lemoine||B&B Hotels - Ktm||04H 37' 29''|
|114||D. Gruzdev||Astana - Qazaqstan Team||04H 37' 36''|
|115||M. Bodnar||Totalenergies||04H 39' 32''|
|116||P. Sagan||Totalenergies||04H 39' 48''|
|117||D. Groenewegen||Team Bikeexchange-Jayco||04H 40' 55''|
|118||K. Gradek||Bahrain Victorious||04H 42' 46''|
|119||N. Eekhoff||Team Dsm||04H 42' 46''|
|120||Y. Lampaert||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||04H 46' 14''|
|121||B. Van Moer||Lotto Soudal||04H 49' 07''|
|122||J. Bauer||Team Bikeexchange-Jayco||04H 51' 05''|
|123||G. Van Keirsbulck||Alpecin - Deceuninck||04H 54' 12''|
|124||M. Bjerg||Uae Team Emirates||05H 00' 13''|
|125||T. Van Der Hoorn||Intermarche - Wanty - Gobert Materiaux||05H 02' 34''|
|126||J. Lecroq||B&B Hotels - Ktm||05H 13' 49''|
|127||M. Hirschi||Uae Team Emirates||05H 15' 09''|
|128||C. Juul Jensen||Team Bikeexchange-Jayco||05H 15' 26''|
|129||A. Turgis||Totalenergies||05H 20' 17''|
|130||F. Jakobsen||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||05H 23' 38''|
|131||F. Frison||Lotto Soudal||05H 30' 19''|
|132||R. Janse Van Rensburg||Lotto Soudal||05H 31' 25''|
|133||A. Jansen||Team Bikeexchange-Jayco||05H 31' 27''|
|134||A. Torres Barcelo||Movistar Team||05H 36' 33''|
|135||C. Ewan||Lotto Soudal||05H 40' 42''|