The 182-kilometre route from Vejle to Sønderborg is a classic sprinter stage, as well as being an attractive route as the Tour’s 22 teams consisting of 176 riders make their way past the UNESCO world heritage sites at Jelling and Christiansfeld, before passing by Dybbøl Banke and the iconic windmill at Dybbøl Mølle. Perspective will be given to the battles that were fought during the two Schleswig Wars in 1848-49 and 1864 respectively, before the Tour de France spectacle arrives at the finish line and turns Sønderborg into a frenzied mass of fans and media.
A couple of Danish riders will without doubt seize the chance to get into a breakaway group, but regardless of whether it ends with a Danish stage win or not, the event itself is a huge victory for Danish cycling, for Denmark and in particular for Sønderjylland, which will steal the limelight as the three days of Tour de Danmark culminate in the region.
Mark the date in your diary now so that you don’t miss the Tour de France in Sønderjylland on 3rd July 2022. You’ll be able to stand anywhere you like along the route or in the finish area, whilst there’ll also be hotspots with giant screens, food stalls, activities and a festive atmosphere along the route.