Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 14: Punchers at the airport

Mathieu van der Poel - Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 14: Punchers at the airportimage: Cor VosClimbing from start to finish and a finale with double digit material. The 14th stage of the Tour de France looks very inviting to explosive riders with an adventurous mind. (Slideshow route/profile)

Yet another compelling opening is in the offing. Firstly, the breakaway is likely to succeed. Secondly, the route is challenging from the start.

The route descends from the gun, but only short, and then the Côte de Saint-Juste Malmont is sure to inspire a flurry of attacks. The climb is 7.7 kilometres long and averages 3.9%, which suits the skillset of a wide variety of riders. Following a rolling section, with two short downhills, the next climb appears after 36 kilometres. The Côte de Châtaignier is more punchy – 2.9 kilometres at 7.3%.

The route continues to go either up or down for the rest of the day, although two climbs stand out. The Côte de Grandieu is 6.3 kilometres and averages 4.1% and the Côte de la Fage is 4.2 kilometres and averages 6%. After cresting La Fage the riders plunge down a long descent towards the Grande Finale.

For starters, the riders face the wall-like Côte de la Croix Neuve – 3 kilometres long and ascending at more than 10%. There is still 1.7 kilometres on the flat remaining at the top. The home straight is situated on the runway of Mende Airfield.

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

Favourites 14th stage 2022 Tour de France

*** Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, Maximilian Schachmann
** Michael Matthews, Matej Mohoric, Dylan Teuns, Lennard Kämna
* Tim Wellens, Warren Barguil, Jasper Stuyven, Andrea Pasqualon, Andreas Kron

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Tour de France 2022 stage 14: routes & profiles

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