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Tour de France: the secrets of making the treasure map

SURVEY – The route of the 2022 Grande Boucle, which will start from Copenhagen on the 1ster July, will be unveiled this Thursday in Paris. After meticulous assembly work. Take a look behind the scenes of a successful organization.

What do Trie-sur-Baïse (1000 inhabitants), in the Pyrenees, and Copenhagen or Florence have in common? These cities have, in recent years, lined up to appear on the Tour de France map. The first two are part of the more than 700 towns which, since 1903 (date of creation), have been attached to the route of the Grande Boucle; the beautiful Italian had been beaten to the photo finish by Leeds and Yorkshire, despite the support of Matteo Renzi.

Before the fantastic summer rides, and the spectacular staging of monuments and settings thanks to the longest tracking shot in world sport, the Tour looks like a long puzzle whose pieces are patiently put together. A mille-feuille. A treasure of balance that combines sport, geography and history.

The 109e tour de France will start on… Friday (and not the traditional Saturday) 1er July from Copenhagen for a Danish triptych (an inaugural 13 km time trial in Copenhagen, before Roskilde-Nyborg,

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