The 5th stage of the Tour de France 2022 will start from Lille-Métropole on Wednesday July 6 to link Arenberg Porte-du-Hainaut (155 km), after the officialization of the course at midday this Thursday. On the program of this route: the return of the cobblestones on the Grande Boucle with 11 sectors including 5 new ones.

The official route of the Tour de France 2022 was unveiled this Thursday at midday.

After a rest day and a 4th stage between Dunkirk and Calais, the peloton will stay in Nord Pas-de-Calais for the 5th stage with a start from Lille-Métropole and a finish in Arenberg Porte-du-Hainaut on Wednesday July 6 .

Lille is a stopover city for the 18th time in its history. The last time was in 2014 with a sprint finish at Stade Pierre-Mauroy won by German rider Marcel Kittel.

This 155km long stage will be marked in particular by the return of the cobblestones on the Grand Boucle, absent since 2018, as Christian Prudhomme, the boss of the Tour de France, explained to France Bleu: “It is the return of the cobblestones four years later. I have said it on several occasions, when we go to the North, we are not going to avoid the cobblestones. We are not going to avoid them at all. From Lille, from Lille-Métropole to Arenberg, arrival near the mining site, as in 2010 and 2014: 11 cobbled sectors, including 5 completely new. Never seen before, neither on Paris-Roubaix nor on the Tour de France, sectors that Thierry Gouvenou (in charge of the route at ASO, editor’s note), lover of cobblestones, went to unearth. “

And to clarify: “There are roughly 55km of cobblestones on Paris-Roubaix. But there are a hundred kilometers of cobblestones in total. That people can hope that the cobblestones will one day be used by Paris-Roubaix or by the Tour de France is important so that they are maintained and that they still exist. We also ensure that our capital is protected. “

Eleven cobbled sectors including five unseen which have never been used either on Paris-Roubaix or on the Tour de France – Christian Prudhomme

In total, there will be 11 cobbled sectors for a total of 19.4 km with five original sections north of Cambrai before joining cobblestones that are part of the tradition of Paris-Roubaix (Wandignies-Hamage and especially Sars-et-Rosières ). At the exit, there will be final cobblestones before arriving at Arenberg 7km away, the Wallers sector in Hélesmes, better known under the name of Pont Gibus, named after Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle, double winner of Paris -Roubaix (1992-1993).

In 2014, there were 15 paved sectors (15.4km) with an arrival at Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut. A stage which had seen the abandonment of the title holder Chris Froome, after another fall.

Why will the Arenberg gap not be used by the peloton? Response from Christian Prudhomme: “It is right next to the finish line and it will not have escaped your notice that there is a TGV line. For obvious safety reasons, it is not possible to arrive on the line d’Arenberg with TGVs which could tumble down at the last moment. It is not possible. We are not going to close the TGV line for the arrival of a stage. It does not make sense. “

In 2015, on the Paris-Roubaix, riders had to stop at a level crossing to allow a TGV to pass through Wallers, in the area known as “Pont Gibus”.

This 5th stage will also cross symbols of the region such as Wallers. The name of the small town has established itself as one of the symbols of the mining past.

The Arenberg pit, where 32 million tons of coal were extracted between 1903 and the definitive closure of the shafts in 1989, remains a vestige maintaining the memory of the tens of thousands of “black mouths” who plunged into the mine, in particular honored during the filming of Germinal by Claude Berri.

The next day, the peloton will start from Binche, Belgium, to join Longwy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) during the 6th stage on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

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Ref: https://www.francebleu.fr