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Stage 10: Morzine les Portes du Soleil to Megeve

After a welcome rest day the Tour de France heads back into the Alps for another mountain stage.


Stage date
July 12, 2022
Stage distance
148.1 KM
Stage terrain
Mountains

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A day for breakaways

After a rest day and with two savage days in the high Alps ahead this stage gives the non-climbers a big opportunity to make a successful long-distance breakaway. This part of the French Alps is peppered with some of the Tour’s toughest mountain passes, but they’ve all been avoided on this short stage. It weaves a circuitous route from Morzine to Megève, through a grandiose landscape. It first heads north toward Lake Geneva, making a loop on the balcony roads above the lake before winding its way over short climbs and through a series of valleys to the day’s bonus sprint in Passy-Marlioz, at the foot of the 21-kilometer climb to the finish.

It may be long, but the opening 14 kilometers average less than four percent grade on a wide main road; the last part, with grades up to 7 percent, was used in the final stage of the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné when American Sepp Kuss made a late solo attack to take the win on the uphill runway of Megève’s high-altitude airfield. The big difference then was this was the last of eight major climbs on a day of constant attacks.