Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 13: Hilly specialists with fast legs

Mathieu van der Poel - Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 13: Lumpy race for attackersimage: Cor VosThe 13th stage on the Tour looks promising for hilly specialists with an adventurous mind and fast legs. Three relatively easy climbs lead onto an extended false flat before the last 7 kilometres are flat. (Slideshow route/profile)

Pure sprinters will be struggling to keep up with the pace and GC riders have nothing to gain on a course such as this. Which opens the way for the breakaway to succeed.

Given the nature of the route a furious battle for the breakaway is expected. And it’s unlikely to be solved swiftly, especially since the first part of the race is on descent. Which makes it extra hard to open up a gap.

After 27 kilometres the Côte de Brié could serve as a launch base for the breakaway, although it’s a short climb – 2.4 kilometres at 6.9%. Following the downhill the route continues with another 30 kilometres on the flat. If there’s still no breakaway up the road at kilometre 74 the Col de Parménie is sure to take care of business. It’s a 5.1 kilometres climb with an average gradient of 6.6%. Still 113 kilometres left to race at the top.

The last climb of the day, Côte de Saint-Romain-en-Gal (6.6 kilometres at 4.5%), is crested with roughly 40 kilometres to go. A downhill takes the riders onto a false flat of 20 kilometres long before the last 7.6 kilometres are played out on the flat.

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

Favourites 13th stage 2022 Tour de France

*** Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, Alberto Bettiol
** Tom Pidcock, Michael Matthews, Magnus Cort, Andreas Kron
* Caleb Ewan, Peter Sagan, Tim Wellens, Jasper Stuyven, Valentin Madouas

Another interesting read: route 13th stage 2022 Tour de France.

Tour de France 2022 stage 13: routes & profiles

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