A gorgeous uphill section of the Tour de France, backgrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Tour de France: Unchained

Enter the world of the preeminent cycling event through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

Photography by Charly López
25 August 20234 min read

The Tour de France is the world’s preeminent cycling event, and the V-shaped pack of riders known as the peloton is its beating heart, pulsing along the most strenuous courses of France and its surrounding countries. To stay competitive in the throng, teams call on a combination of training and extreme endurance to draft their captains and win the race’s 21 stages. Taking place over 23 days and winding through the most rigorous — and jaw-droppingly gorgeous — routes of Europe, the Tour brings out the world’s best cyclists for an epic, often perilous race, climbing high into the mountains and careening along picturesque and career-ending cobblestone streets. 

Tour de France: Unchained brings viewers inside the 2022 event, following the best cycling teams in the world through their ups and downs and profiling the sport’s top coaches, managers, and individual professional riders, including the dynamic duo of Danish rider Jonas Vingegaard and Belgian Wout van Aert of Team Jumbo-Visma as well as Team INEOS Grenadiers’ Geraint Thomas, winner of the 2018 Tour. With unprecedented access, the series enters the minds of these greats and illustrates the complex dynamics of strategy and self-sacrifice necessary to win.

At the end of the day, it’s all about who’s wearing the yellow jersey, donned daily by the leader of the general individual classification and bestowed on the overall winner at the Tour’s final finish line at the Champs-Élysées. But viewers of Tour de France: Unchained will find the series’ journey through the stages equally as riveting as its final moments. Here’s a look at the 2022 Tour de France by the numbers.

Cyclists race through a field of dried grass, beneath a dark, cloudy sky.

teams participated in the race

cyclists competed, but only 135 crossed the finish line

nationalities were represented by the cyclists 

miles were traversed in the race 

79 hours 33 minutes 20 seconds
was the final time of the winner

degrees Fahrenheit was the hottest temperature reached during the race.