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Stage 7: Tomblaine to La Super Plance des Belles Filles

The first proper summit finish of the Tour de France in 2022.


Stage date
July 8, 2022
Stage distance
176.4 KM
Stage terrain
Hilly

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One critical climb

This stage heads through the Vosges mountains, but the organizers have made sure that the stage isn’t too difficult before reaching the climb to the finish. And what a climb! It’s the now well-known gravel extension of the Planche des Belles Filles. The main part of the climb is where Pogačar stormed to victory in the final time trial two years ago to displace Roglič from the yellow jersey. That part averages 8.5 percent for 5.9 kilometers—and then comes the “super” part.

Just over a kilometer long, mostly on dirt, it averages 10 percent, with a 24-percent pitch near the top. Last used as a regular stage finish in 2019, the remnants of an all-day breakaway stayed clear to contest the finish, with Dylan Teuns taking the stage win and Giulio Ciccone the yellow jersey. As for the GC favorites, they were led home by Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Alaphilippe; but there was only a one-minute time spread between the 20 GC contenders. Expect something similar this year.