Tour de France 2022: Stage 11 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.2
FIETS
93.6 mi
DISTANCE
13,051 ft
GAINED
1.4 %
AVG. GRADE

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INTRO

Climbs, cols, and côtes of Stage 11 (Mountain Stage 3):

4. Col du Granon (last featured in 1986 when Lemond slayed the Badger). 

Stage 11 enters the heart of one of the greatest cycling climbing areas of the world, with two of the most famous bike climbs in the world, Alpe d'Huez (#1 by far) and Col du Galibier.  Lacets de Montevernier is not as well known as other climbs in the area, but it is one of the world's greatest hairpin climbs. Col du Granon is a stage finish for the second time.  The Col's first appearance in 1986 was the first time the Tour finished above 2400m. 

Click on "Full Summary" to see a full summary of Tour de France Stage 11, or see our 2022 Tour de France page.

Côte de Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (category 4): 6.3% average grade, 0 descent; 35% of the climb is at 0-5%, 49% at 5-10%, and 16% at 10-15%; the steepest 500 meters is 10.1%.

 Côte de Gordes (category 4):  5.6% average grade, 0 descent; 21% of the climb is at 0-5% and 79% at 5-10%; the steepest 500 meters is 7.5%.

Col de la Liguière (category 1):  6.5% average grade, 0 descent; 15% is at 15% and 85% is at 5-10%; steepest 500 meters is 8.4%.

Mont Ventoux - Sault (category 1):  4.9% average grade; 47% at 0-5%, 50% at 5-10% and 2% at 10-15%.

Mont Ventoux - Bedoin (HC):  8.5%, 0 descent; 3% is at 0-5%, 75% is at 5-10%, and 22% is at 10-15%; steepest 500 meters is 11.1%, steepest 1 km is at 10.7%; and steepest 2 km is at 10%. 
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PJAMM Cycling's profile tool route overview for Tour de France 2022 - Stage 11; Albertville to Col du Granon Serre Chevalier

TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 11:  MOUNTAIN STAGE 3 (Alps)

149 km / 3978m

ALBERTVILLE>COL DU GRANON SERRE CHEVALIER

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photo collage, road signs for col du Chaussy par Les Lacets; Galibier, Col du Granon

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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

Official pre-race summary for Stage 11 (July 11):

 letour.fr - Stage 11

Official post-race summary for Stage 11 (July 11):

letour.fr - Stage 11

Stage 11 Climbs

Category

Winner

Points Awarded

Bonus points

Strava KOM

Time/speed (mph)

Lacets de Montvernier

Col du Télégraphe

Col du Galibier

Col du Granon

STAGE 11 DETAILS AND STATISTICS

2022 Tour de France Stage 11. 

Stage 11:

  • Distance: 149 kilometers
  • Altitude Gained: 3,978 meters
  • Percentage Grade:
  • 36% (55 kilometers) descent
  • 37% (55.5 kilometers)  0-5%
  • 24% (35.5 kilometers)  5-10%
  • 3% (5 kilometers) 10-15%
  • Steepest (Col du Granon):
  • 500 meters 11.1%
  • 1 Kilometer 10.7%
  • Highest Point on the Route: 2,642 meters (highest point of the 2022 TdF).
  • Lowest Point on the Route: 300 meters

COMMENTS FROM RACE DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN PRUDHOMME - STAGE 11:

“None of the contenders for the yellow jersey can afford a slip-up today. The climbs are tightly packed, starting with the Montvernier hairpins, then continuing with the crossing of the Télégraphe and Galibier passes. After passing through Serre-Chevalier, 10 kilometres of climbing at an average of more than 9% remain to reach the 2,413-metre Col du Granon, which was the Tour’s highest finishing point for 25 years” (Tour de France Stage 11).

THE CLIMBS OF STAGE 11 OF THE 2022 TOUR DE FRANCE

graph, profile grid, elevation, distance chart, Tour de France 2022, Stage 2, Climb 1, Lacets de Montvernier

CLIMB 1 (CAT __) - LACETS DE MONTVERNIER

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3 TdF appearances between 2015 - 2022.

photo collage shows sharp drop off side of roadway

Lacets de Montvernier - some of the greatest lacets (hairpins) in the world!

17 lacets in 1.9km

graph, profile grid, elevation, distance chart, Tour de France 2022, Stage 2, Climb 1, Col du Telegraphe

CLIMB 2 (CAT  __) - COL DU TÉLÉGRAPHE

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31 TdF appearances between 1911 and 2022.

photo collage, climb finish, Fort du Telegraphe, street signs

Alone, Col du Télégraphe is a challenge at 11.7 km at 7.1% . . .

but Télégraphe + Col du Galibier is a monster at 35 km, 2115m at 5.4% (7.1% climb only).

graph, profile grid, elevation, distance chart, Tour de France 2022, Stage 11, Climb 3, Col du Galibier

CLIMB 3 (CAT __) - COL DU GALIBIER

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63 TdF appearances between 1911 and 2022.

Photo collage; PJAMM Cyclist John Johnson poses with bike at mountaintop finish for Col du Galibier; road signs for Col du Galibier, Briancon

Col du Galibier is perhaps the fifth most famous bike climb in the world, after:

Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Passo dello Stelvio and Col du Tourmalet.

graph, profile grid, elevation, distance chart, Tour de France 2022, Stage 11, Climb 4, Col du Granon

CLIMB 4 (CAT __) - COL DU GRANON

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2022 is Col du Granon’s second appearance in the TdF - first was in 1986.

Photo collage shows street signs for Col du Granon; PJAMM Cyclist rides in town; Summit sign for Granon

To finish an already rugged stage - Col du Granon at 11.4 kilometers gaining 1,101 meters at 9.7% average grade.

COMMENTS FROM RACE DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN PRUDHOMME - STAGE 11

“The Tour’s second visit to the Col de Granon invites a focus on the 1986 race, prior to which there had never been a finish at an altitude of more than 2,400m (a record that was raised to 2,642m in 2011 on the Col du Galibier). Shortly after setting off from Gap, Spaniard Eduardo Chozas embarked on a solo raid which ended with victory after 170 kilometres out on his own and featured the crossing of the Vars and Izoard passes. History also records that Bernard Hinault spent his last day in the Tour’s yellow jersey on that alpine stage, where he yielded the overall lead to his La Vie Claire team-mate Greg LeMond” (Tour de France Stage 11).

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 and 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 10 riders over the summit (10 for first, 1 for 10th).  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 2 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 8 riders while CAT 4 points are awarded to only 1 rider).
  • Bonus point (see below).

TDF POINTS FORMULA:

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

he 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 first (8 points), second (5) and third (2) riders reaching designated summits in the race.  

This year’s bonus 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 KING OF THE MOUNTAINS

  • Prize for First to 4th 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

The maximum amount the KOM winner could earn if he won every stage and wore the jersey from Stage 2 to the finish is $178,250 Euros ($217,351).

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