The profile of the 12th stage between Briançon and Alpe d'Huez, July 14, 2022.   (ASO)

Tour de France 2022: three non-category passes, a fanfare finish at Alpe d’Huez… The 12th stage in question

A new high mountain meeting is on the menu, Thursday July 14, for the 12th stage of the Tour de France. 165.1 kilometers long, the race connects Briançon (Hautes-Alpes) to Alpe d’Huez (Isère). The day after a difficult arrival at the Col du Granon, a summit with equally steep slopes awaits the peloton. Significant gaps could again be created in the general classification.

What is the stage profile?

Did you enjoy the off-category ascent of the Galibier on Wednesday? You will be entitled to a second dose on Thursday, at the start of the stage this time. Another side of this mythical pass in the Alps, with slightly less robust slopes (5.1%) but a longer duration (23 kilometers for a summit at 2,642 meters), is indeed on the program. Unlisted, the Telegraph pass (1,564 meters), also climbed the day before, will be followed by a descent, until the next difficulty, the Croix-de-Fer pass (out of category).

It has a few portions approaching 10%, but it is above all its length (29 kilometres) that inspires cold sweats in the peloton. The runners will not be at the end of their troubles. As soon as the descent begins, it’s time for the formidable climb of Alpe d’Huez (out of category, 13.8 km at 8.1% average) and its 21 bends.

The profile of the 12th stage between Briançon and Alpe d'Huez, July 14, 2022.   (ASO)

Which runners can shine?

The most chauvinistic spirits dream of a first tricolor victory on this Tour on a national holiday. After all, Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM) as well as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) have already triumphed at the top of Alpe d’Huez in the past. For his part, Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), the last French winner on July 14 (in Foix in 2017), seems in good shape.

But we should rather attend a new explanation of text between leaders. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) are expected to write a new chapter in their formidable duel. Other leaders well placed in the general, such as Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), can hope for better than a role of referee. The best French chances of the day are David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and Romain Bardet (Team DSM), always well placed in general.

What are the schedules ?

12:55 p.m.: start of the broadcast on France 3 and
1:05 p.m.: fictitious start
1:20 p.m.: real start
5:55 p.m.: scheduled arrival in Alpe d’Huez

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