Profiles, dates, times, analysis: the Tour de France 2022 route under the microscope (2/3)

Profiles, dates, times, analysis: the Tour de France 2022 route under the microscope (2/3)


When: Saturday July 9
Departure: Dole
Arrival: Lausanne – Olympic Stadium
Distance: 186.3km
Departure time: 1:20 p.m.
Type: Valleys

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The punchers should be in the spotlight on this first Swiss stage of the weekend. If the first half of the stage is very demanding, being almost constantly uphill to exceed 1,000m in altitude, with in particular the Côte des Rousses (6.7km at 5%), the second part is descending to return to Lausanne. Everything should be decided on the final climb, the Côte du Stade Olympique. An ascent whose official characteristics (4.8km at 4.6%) do not say much about its difficulty. Very irregular, alternating passages at more than 12% and small descent, with a kilometer at more than 9% to lead to the red flame, this climb does not give the slightest chance to sprinters who pass the bumps well. The punchers should be at the party, even if a breakaway will have every chance given the wearing profile of the stage.

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When: Sunday July 10
Departure: Eagle
Arrival: Châtel – The Portes du Soleil
Distance: 192.9km
Departure time: 12:45 p.m.
Type: High mountain

New Franco-Swiss stage with a new arrival on the Châtel side, similar to that of the day before (4km at 4.6%). But that’s its only similarity with the stage of the day before because this 9th opus will be much more mountainous, at least in its second part. The sequence of the irregular Col des Mosses (2nd cat) and the steep (7.6% average) Col de la Croix (1st cat) should already do damage even before arriving at the foot of the Pas de Morgins ( 1st cat), the first 11 kilometers of which are over 7%. Enough to allow the favorites to explain themselves from “far” (the summit will be 10km from the finish), especially on the eve of the second day of rest. The stage may not be the sexiest on paper, but you have to be careful. Even if the victory of a breakaway remains the most probable scenario.

The profile of the 9th stage: The Alps gently


When: Tuesday, July 12
Departure: Morzine-Les Portes du Soleil
Arrival: Megeve
Distance: 148.1km
Departure time: 4:00 p.m.
Type: Medium mountain

The day after the second day of rest, a new difficult stage in the program. Too hard for sprinters and punchers, too easy for pure climbers, badly placed for the favourites, on the eve of the Granon, this 10th opus has everything to smile at a breakaway. But you will still have to be strong to have a chance of winning. The stage is short but will be tiring with no less than 64 kilometers of ascent, listed or not. We will most often stay on long false flats but the final climb towards the Megève altiport (19km at 4%), very irregular, will offer real percentages, with several kilometers at 7%. What favor the plans of a climber far in the general.

The profile of the 10th stage: Act II in the Alps


When: Wednesday, July 13
Departure: Albertville
Arrival: Col du Granon – Serre Chevalier
Distance: 151.7km
Departure time: 12:30 p.m.
Type: High mountain

Thirty-six years later, the Col du Granon is back on the Tour de France programme! Disappeared from the radar since its passage on the 1986 Tour, this giant of the Alps will offer runners a final climb of 11.3 km at 9.2%, on a road offering no respite with slopes never going below 8 %, all at very high altitude (2413 m). A real monster that will conclude this most terrible 11th stage. Because the Granon will not even be the roof of this day, since it will first be necessary to climb the Col du Galibier (17.7km at 6.9%) by its hardest side, via the Col du Télégraphe (11.9km at 7.1km). Deviations will be counted in minutes and a bad day will cost any chance of winning the Tour.

The profile of the 11th stage: Duel at (very) high altitude


When: Thursday, July 14
Departure: Briançon
Arrival: Alpe d’Huez
Distance: 165.1km
Departure time: 1:20 p.m.
Type: High mountain

Fireworks on the Tour on this national holiday. This is how we could sum up this majestic 12th stage. Unlike the Granon, the runners will be on familiar ground since they will have to climb three “classic” climbs of the Grande Boucle: the Col du Galibier first, by its side of the Lautaret (23 km at 5%) which they will have descended the day before then the interminable Col de la Croix-de-Fer (29km at 5.2%) then, and its many breaks in slope, alternating difficult parts (6km at almost 9% between km 6 and 12) and flat areas , even descents. But, as in 1981 and 1999, the July 14 stage will end at the top of Alpe d’Huez, its 21 legendary bends and its 13.8km at 8%. An ascent which has smiled on the French in recent years since they have won three of the last five arrivals in the Isère resort.

The profile of the 12th stage: Galibier, Croix-de-Fer, Alpe-d’Huez, three monsters for the queen stage


When: Friday, July 15
Departure: Bourg d’Oisans
Arrival: Saint-Etienne
Distance: 192.6km
Departure time: 1:20 p.m.
Type: Plain

At the exit of the Alps, the sprinters will find a terrain that could allow them to express themselves but it is not certain that we are entitled to a massive arrival in the capital of Forez. The three climbs listed as well as the fatigue accumulated in the Alps and the long false flats leading to Saint-Etienne could well trap the most exhausted sprinters. At the end of the massif, don’t forget to look for the big breakaway which will not fail to form in the Côte de Brié, just before Grenoble. However, the stage will most likely be a sprint. But who will still be there? The whole question is there.

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When: Saturday July 16
Departure: Saint-Etienne
Arrival: Mende
Distance: 192.5km
Departure time: 12:30 p.m.
Type: Medium mountain

Using. This is the word that is likely to be on everyone’s lips when we talk about this 14th stage. While all attention will obviously be on the Laurent Jalabert climb and its spectacular 3km at 10.2% which will take the riders to the Mende aerodrome, the rest of this 14th opus, infernal and without real respite throughout the day. Five climbs in total will be listed but there could have been twice as many as the terrain is so flat, multiplying the false flats, like the 21km at 2.7% leading to Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas, 83 km away. of arrival. It is obvious that the victory will be decided in the final climb but, given the profile, it would be surprising to have a peloton supplied at the foot. And even more so that the breakaway does not go to the end.

The profile of the 14th stage: Thorns before the grand finale in Mende


When: Sunday July 17
Departure: Rodez
Arrival: Carcassonne
Distance: 202.5km
Departure time: 1:15 p.m.
Type: Plain

Another flat day and another difficult day for the sprinters. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them triumph in Carcassonne, but we’ll have to hold on before that. Because the terrain is still difficult, whether in the very hilly first 70 kilometers or in the final, with the Cammazes coast (3rd cat), officially 5.5km at 3.9% but actually twice as long. With its summit 48 km from the finish, a descent with several bumps that will complicate their return and only 13 km of flat to finish, the sprinters will have to fight to be able to play for victory. Especially since on the eve of the last day of rest, everyone will be able to throw all their forces into battle.

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