Tour de France 2022: Stage 18 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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89.3 mi
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13,219 ft
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0.8 %
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INTRO

Climbs , cols, and côtes of Stage 18 (Final Mountain Stage #6):

Although Lourdes is the third most important pilgrimage site in Catholicism, it has had relatively few previous TdF appearances (5). The first appearance was in 1948 with a stage finish and victory by the great Gino Bartali. Col d'Aubisque returns to the TdF for the 47th time since 1947, the second most featured after Tourmalet. Col Spandeles is a favorite of ours and makes its first appearance in the TdF this year.  Hautacam is a beast of a climb (13 km at 8.2%) making its 6th stage finish appearance. 

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Côte de Notre-Dame de Piétat (category 4):  5.7% grade, 0 descent; 28.4% of climb at 0-5% and 71.3% at 5-10%; steepest 500 meters is 7.3%

Côte de Loucrup (category 4):  7.4% and 0

Col du Tourmalet - Campan (HC):  7.5%, 11m descent; 49% of climb at 5-10%, 26% at 10-15% and .6% at 15-20%; steepest 500 meters 12.1% and 1 km 10.8%

Luz Ardiden (HC):  7.6%, 10m descent; 46.5% at 5-10%, 26% at 10-15% and 3% at 15-20%; steepest 500 meters 10.5%, steepest km 9.9%.
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TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 18:  FINAL MOUNTAIN STAGE (#6; Pyrenees)

143 km / 4029m

LOURDES>HAUTACAM

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Route overview for Tour de France 2022 - Stage 18

https://www.letour.fr/en/stage-18 

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photo collage shows PJAMM Cycling's climb up the Tour de France 2022 Stage 18, Hautacam

STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 1 (July 1)

Individual standings

Rider

Time

gap

Team

1

2

3

KOM Standing

Rider

KOM Points

Country

Team

1

2

3

Climb:

Category

Winner

Points Awarded

Bonus points

Strava KOM

Time/speed (mph)

Col d'Aubisque

Col de Spandelles Ferrieres

Hautacam

Official pre-race summary for Stage 18 (July 21): letour.fr - Stage 18

STAGE 18 DETAILS AND STATISTICS

  • Distance: 143 kilometers
  • Altitude Gained: 4,029 meters
  • Percentage Grade:
  • 44.5% (64 kilometers) descent
  • 27.5% (39 kilometers) 0-5%
  • 24% (35 kilometers)  5-10%
  • 4% (5 kilometers) 10-15%
  • Steepest (on Hautacam):
  • 500 meters 11.1%
  • 1 Kilometer 10.6%
  • Highest Point on the Route: 1,709 meters (Col d’Aubisque)
  • Lowest Point on the Route:  289 meters

COMMENTS FROM RACE DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN PRUDHOMME - STAGE 18:

The last mountain test presents all kinds of possibilities. Unexpected collapses, ambushes and twists of all kinds could be on the cards thanks to the linking of the Aubisque and Spandelles passes, the latter appearing on the route for the first time, followed by the final ascent to Hautacam. There’s simply no respite. If the leading positions haven’t been secured by this point, the Tour’s biggest battle could be played out on this final Pyrenean stage.” (Tour de France Stage 18).

THE CLIMBS OF STAGE 18 OF THE 2022 TOUR DE FRANCE

PJAMM Cycling's profile tool overview of the Tour de France 2022 Stage 18, Col d'Aubisque

CLIMB 1 (CAT __) - COL D'AUBISQUE 

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16.7 km, 1193m at 7.1%

Photo collage shows PJAMM Cycling's climb up the route of Stage 18 of the 2022 Tour de France

The incomparable Col d’Aubisque - included in the first ever mountain stage of the Tour de France in 1910 - Stage 10’s four mountain climbs over the 326 kilometer course (Col de Peyresourde, Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet and, finally Col d’Aubisque) were coined The Circle of Death.  It was also on the Aubisque that eventual 1910 TdF winner Octave Lapize uttered his famous comments to tour organizers - variously reported at “murderers,” “assassins,” or “criminals.”

PJAMM Cycling's profile tool overview of the Tour de France 2022 Stage 18, Col de Spandelles

CLIMB 2 (__) - COL DE SPANDELLES

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10.3 km, 821m at 8.3%

views along Spandelles, lush green countryside, single lane country road

Spandelles is (was) a hidden jewel in the French Pyrenees near Argeles Gazost.  It is a rough single lane road with lush surroundings throughout the climb.  The col connects Ferrieres with Argeles Gazost, has very little traffic, and is quite enjoyable, although very challenging.  The grade is consistent throughout with only one 500 meter segment in double figures.

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CLIMB 3 (___) - HAUTACAM 

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13.6 km, 1085m at 7.9%.

Photo collage shows PJAMM Cycling's climb up Huatacam; old stone drinking faucet, country road signs, lush green pastureland and single lane roadway

This is the sixth mountaintop finish for Hautacam since first being featured in the TdF in 1994.  As with many mountaintop finishes, it is steep and unrelenting with a full two kilometer segment at 10% average grade.

EXPLANATION OF KING OF MOUNTAIN, KOM POINTS AND BONUS POINTS

FOR THE 2022 TOUR DE FRANCE

KOM Defined:  Climb-related points are accumulated during the race.  The rider with the most accumulated points at the beginning of the stage wears the red polka dot jersey that day, and the rider with the most points at the end of the race is crowned that year’s Tour de France King of the Mountains.

“Category”:  When the mountain classification (King of the Mountains) was introduced in 1933, there were points given to the first ten riders over the summit (ten points for first, one point for tenth).  In 1947, the Tour introduced two climb “categories” with a certain amount of points for the second category and twice as many as for the first category.  Over the years “categories” were added, in addition to an “Above” category (Hors or HC), and since 1979 there have been an HC (hardest), Category 1 (second hardest) on down to Category 4 (least difficult climb).

The category of the climb is significant for two reasons:

  • The points awarded for the TdF KOM for each climb is based upon the category of climb - thus, “category” is the basis for the points that are used to determine each year’s King of the Mountains.
  • Most cycling fans, particularly Grand Tour fans, are very interested in the climb “category” because that tells them how hard each climb on a stage is and where the riders will struggle more and the point in a stage where that day, or even the entire tour, will be won or lost.

KOM History:  King of the Mountains -- Mountain Classification victories (first recognized in 1933; jersey introduced 1975)

  • TdF:

Points:  KOM points are awarded in two ways on the Tour de France:

  •  To riders first over the summit of categorized climbs (in descending order HC, 1-4).  
  • The higher the category the more riders receive points (HC points are awarded to eight riders, while CAT 4 points are awarded to only one rider).
  • Bonus point (see below).

TDF Points Formula:

Wikipedia has the best summary and graph we’ve seen for TdF KOM points distribution:

The points gained by consecutive riders reaching a mountain top are distributed according to the following classification:

Wikipedia: Mountains Classification - Tour de France.

Bonus Points:  These points go towards the King of the Mountain designation and are awarded to the rider(s) reaching designated summits in the race.  

This year’s points are given at the top of the following climbs:

Stage 2: Mûr-de-Bretagne (first passage)

Stage 7: Signal d’Uchon

Stage 8: Col de la Colombière

Stage 11: Mont Ventoux, second passage

Stage 14: Col de Saint-Louis

Stage 15: Col de Beixalis

Money Prizes for KOM Winners:

  • Prize for First to Fourth place:
  • Winner = €25,000
  • 2nd = €15,000
  • 3rd = €10,000
  • 4th = €4,000, 5th €3,500, 6th €3,000, 7th €2,500, and 8th €2,000
  • Daily prize for wearing the Polka Dot jersey = €6,000
  • Per category climb:
  • HC
  • 1st = €800
  • 2nd = €450
  • 3rd = €300
  • Cat 1
  • 1st = €650
  • 2nd = €400
  • 3rd = €150
  • Cat 2
  • 1st = €500
  • 2nd = €250
  • Cat 3
  • 1st = €300
  • Cat 4
  • 1st = €200

Jacques Goddet Souvenir (Stage 18 Col du Tourmalet) = €5000

Henri Desgrange Souvenir (Stage 15 Port D’Envalira) = €5000

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