The complete route and the stage profiles

The complete route and the stage profiles

The Tour of Belgium 2022 takes place over five days and five stages. Photo: David Pintens/Baloise Belgium Tour

The Tour of Belgium 2022 takes place from Wednesday June 15 until Sunday June 19. Four stages in line and a time trial will make up this 91st edition. The peloton will start the race from Merelbeke to finish a few days later in Beringen. For some riders involved in this UCI 2.Pro stage race, it’s one of the last opportunities to refine their condition in view of the Tour de France. There will be no former winner of this event present at the start, including Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) double title holder.

The complete route of the Tour of Belgium 2022

For the 91st edition of the Tour de Belgique, the intention of the organizers was clearly to design a route that could appeal to different types of riders. From sprinters to punchers to rollers, there will be something for everyone. What to be able to illustrate at least on a day. Moreover, it will be necessary to be sufficiently efficient on different profiles to claim the final victory in the general classification. The individual time trial, placed in the middle of the event, will inevitably have its impact, as will the finishes judged in Maarkedal and Durbuy after days with uneven profiles.

The list of committed runners and the dropouts

From the start, on this Tour of Belgium, a first cream skimming in the general classification is to be considered. The stage will be particularly hilly between Merelbeke and Maarkedal (165 km). Nothing excessive in terms of length and percentage of ascents, but it’s never going to stop (or almost). Apart from the first fifty kilometers, which do not present a real danger a priori, it will then harden. With as main key passage, Berg Ten Houte, cobblestone climb of 1 kilometer at 5.7%, to be climbed four times and the last time less than three kilometers from the finish.

The next day, the sprinters will have all the privilege of showing off. It will be completely flat over all of the 175.6 kilometers between Beveren and Knokke-Heist. A day therefore where it will be a question for the riders interested in the general classification not to waste any time. Unlike the third stage where you will have to try to save time on your opponents with an 11.8 kilometer individual time trial around Averbode. Knowing that on such an event, every second gained is important.

To tip the general standings, the fourth stage around Durbuy will certainly be the last opportunity, apart from big surprise. With a profile similar to that of the first stage. It will be hilly all day, the attackers will be able to find a course at their convenience. The climbs of Hermanne (2 km at 5.7%) and Grand Houmart (1 km at 6%) will be placed in the final, before a last kilometer uphill. And to end this edition, the flat course from Gingelom to Beringen will certainly benefit the sprinters.

The favorites in the general classification – #BaloiseBelgiumTour

*** Victor Campenaerts, Mads Pedersen
** Florian Senechal, Tim Wellens, Quinten Hermans, Dries De Bondt
*Mauro Schmid, Taco van der Hoorn, Loïc Vliegen, Sep Vanmarcke, Gianni Vermeersch, Connor Swift, Rasmus Tiller, Thibau Nys

The profile of the stages of the 91st Tour of Belgium

Wednesday 15 June, 1st stage: Merelbeke > Maarkedal, 165 km

Thursday 16 June, 2nd stage: Beveren > Knokke-Heist, 175.6 km

Friday 17 June, 3rd stage: Scherpenheuvel-Zichem > Averbode, 11.8 km (individual time trial)

Saturday June 18, 4th stage: Durbuy > Durbuy, 172.3 km

Sunday June 19: 5th stage: Gingelom > Beringen, 182.1 km

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