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Stage 9: Aigle to Châtel les Portes du Soleil

We could see some substantial time gaps as the Tour de France hits the Alps.


Stage date
July 10, 2022
Stage distance
192.9 KM
Stage terrain
Mountains

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Into the Alps

Almost entirely on Swiss soil, this 193-kilometer stage features two Cat. 1 climbs in the Alps along with an uphill finish into the French ski town of Chátel. And being the last stage before a rest day there could well be a battle between the GC contenders on the demanding finale. An early breakaway is sure to form on the opening 150-kilometer loop from the UCI headquarters in Aigle that heads west along Lake Geneva and then up through the Gruyère cheese countryside before crossing the easy Col des Mosses and stiffer Col de la Croix before a 20-kilometer-long plunge back to Aigle.

The decisive action will take place on the opening 11 kilometers of the Cat. 1 climb to Morgins, where a dozen switchbacks take the road across a steep mountainside with 8- and 9-percent pitches. The gradient then eases before a 5-kilometer descent and a 4-kilometer climb to the finish line. It’s not overdemanding but at the end of what has been a very demanding week we could see some substantial time gaps.