The race will begin with a 13km particular person time trial in Copenhagen earlier than the second stage takes the peloton over the 18km Great Belt bridge.
“It’s windy 364 days a 12 months, right here,” Tour director Christian Prudhomme informed reporters on Thursday.
Those who get previous the three-day opening block in Denmark and fourth stage by way of the Flanders hills should deal with the fifth stage by way of cobbled sectors between Lille and Arenberg.
That is when gentle climbers are anticipated to undergo on a day that may very well be marred by crashes and mechanical points as a result of difficult terrain which normally favours one-day race specialists.
“To undergo these phases and hope to win the Tour you will want to be a flexible rider and have a robust group at your disposal,” stated Tour deputy director Thierry Gouvenou.
Pogacar, who hammered his rivals in the mountains in the final version, has additionally proved he’s a robust one-day basic rider, having gained the Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Giro di Lombardia Monument classics this 12 months and, given the character of the route, it’s onerous to see past him for a Tour favorite.
“I had been ready for this second since this 12 months’s Tour completed,” Pogacar informed reporters on the presentation ceremony on Thursday.
“I’m wanting ahead to the race. It has the whole lot, it will be enjoyable. I do not know which one is the important thing stage. There are plenty of phases the place you may lose the Tour and phases the place you may win it.”
The race will attain its highest level on the high of the lung-busting ascent to the Col du Galibier, 2,607 metres above sea degree, on the best way to a summit end on the Col du Granon (2,413 metres) after a punishing 11.3km effort at a median gradient of 9.3%.
The twelfth stage begins from Briancon and ends atop the enduring Alpe d’Huez (13.8km at 8.1%), taking the identical route because the 1986 Tour when five-time winner Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond crossed the road hand-in-hand for a well-known one-two.
The Frenchman had stated he would assist his La Vie Claire group win the race a 12 months after benefiting from the American’s assist in the earlier version.
“Both ought to be on the Tour for this stage subsequent 12 months,” Prudhomme stated of the previous riders.
After two brutal phases in the Pyrenees, the race might be accomplished with a 40km particular person time trial in Southwestern France and the principally processional journey to the Champs Elysees in Paris.