Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 12: Attackers in Alpe d’Huez

Bauke Mollema Tour - Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 12: Attackers in Alpe d'Huezimage: Cor VosThree massive climbs, that's in essence what stage 12 of the Tour de France is all about. Who are the favourites to turn out on top in L'Alpe d'Huez? (Slideshow route/profile)

The riders traverse some of the most iconic climbs in the Alps. The route travels over the Col du Galibier (23 kilometres at 5.1%) and the Col de la Croix de Fer (29 kilometres at 5.2%) to Bourg d’Oisans. The town sits as the base of the 13.8 kilometres road climbing Alpe d’Huez. Famous for its 21 hairpins, orange clad mob, and its 8.1% gradient.

As the route climbs from the start, we can rest assured that the breakaway will feature solely strong climbers. Chances are that the battle to be in the breakaway will last a good part of the Galibier ascent. And possibly it’s even not decided upon at the summit.

As the lead group will be made up of strong climbers, the likelihood of a succesful breakaway increases. Although things are never written in stone in cycling. But if we are forced to choose, we will put our money on a brave attacker. And to please the orange clad tifosi along the road to Alpe d’Huez it might as well be Bauke Mollema.

How the race unfolds depends on the GC. We’ll update this article during the Tour de France.

Favourites 12th stage 2022 Tour de France

*** Thibaut Pinot, Bauke Mollema, Michael Woods, Jakob Fuglsang
** Giulio Ciccone, Michael Storer, Ruben Guerreiro, Neilson Powless
* Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic, Adam Yates, Aleksandr Vlasov, Romain Bardet

Another interesting read: route 12th stage 2022 Tour de France.

Tour de France 2022 stage 12: route & profiles

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