Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 8: Finale for puncheurs

Michael Matthews - Tour de France 2022 Favourites stage 8: Finale for puncheursimage: Cor VosThe 8th stage of the Tour de France is a hilly race with a a punchy finale in Lausanne. Perfect for the likes of Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel and Michael Matthews. (Slideshow route/profile)

The riders clip into their pedals in Dole to enter Haut Jura Regional Natural Park approximately 35 kilometer later. There is hardly a metre of flat in the unspoilt region right next to the Swiss border, although the uphill sections are not hard.

Wen crossing the Swiss border there are still 70 kilometres to go. Following a flat section along Lac de Joux and a short climb to the highest point of the day – at 1,176 metres – the riders descend toward Lake Geneva. Shortly they hit the finish climb.

The ascent is 4.8 kilometres long and averages 4.6%. The first 2 kilometres go up at 5.7% and then a flat kilometre makes way to the likely decisive part. After 1 kilometre at 9.5% and the final 800 metres at 3.4% the line appears shortly after the Stade Olympique de la Pontais.

The finish climb is not unlike the Mûr-de-Bretagne, where Mathieu van der Poel took a stage win and the maillot jaune in last year’s Tour de France.

Favourites 8th stage 2022 Tour de France

*** Michael Matthews, Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert
** Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic, Dylan Teuns, Romain Bardet
* Andrea Bagioli, Tom Pidcock, Alberto Bettiol, Benoît Cosnefroy

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