2022 Tour de FranceJul 1 - 24

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Tour Summary & Information

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2022 Tour de France: 1 July to 13 July, 2022

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2022 TOUR DE FRANCE INFORMATION AND CLIMB DETAILS

Map of the 2022 Tour de France

Map from letour.fr.

Schedule of the Tour de France 2022

The most famous bike climb in the world - Alpe d'Huez -- Stage 12, 14 July 2022

Since 1952 - 30 appearances in the TdF.

TOP 10 MOST FREQUENT CLIMBS OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE

AND 10 FAMOUS ONES AFTER THAT

Climb name

Mountain Range

Times Featured in Tour de France

Most recent

First included

Col du Tourmalet

Pyrenees

88

2021

1910

Col d'Aspin

Pyrenees

73

2022

1910

Col d'Aubisque

Pyrenees

73

2022

1910

Col de Peyresourde

Pyrenees

68

2021

1910

Col du Galibier

Alps

63

2022

1911

Col de Portet d'Aspet

Pyrenees

58

2021

1910

Col des Aravis

Alps

41

2020

1911

Col d'Izoard

Alps

36

2019

1922

Col de Vars

Alps

35

2019

1922

Col d'Allos

Alps

34

2015

1911

Alpe d'Huez

Alps

32

2022

1952

Col du Télégraphe

Alps

31

2022

1911

Col de la Madeleine

Alps

29

2020

1969

Col de la Croix de Fer

Alps

21

2022

1947

Mont Ventoux

Alps

18

2021

1951

Col du Soulor

Pyrenees

16

2019

1912

Col du Glandon

Alps

14

2015

1947

Puy de Dome

Massif Central

12

1988

1952

Luz Ardiden

Pyrenees

9

2021

1985

Col de l'Iseran

Alps

8

2019

1938

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Interesting 2022 TdF facts

  • Four countries are included in the 2022 TdF:  Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, and France.
  • Denmark becomes the 10th and northernmost country to host the start of the race.
  • The tour will visit eight regions and 29 departments in France.
  • To accommodate transfer from Denmark to France, the tour begins on Friday versus the standard Saturday start.
  • Stages: 21 stages from July 1 to July 24.
  • First three stages are in Denmark and Stage 6 begins in Belgium (ends in France).
  • Distance: 3,329 kilometers (2,068 miles) - the longest tour was in 1926 at 5,745 kilometers (3,570 miles).
  • Longest stage: Stage 6 - Binche > Longwy - 220 km (137 mi).
  • Elevation gained: 48,530m (159,219’).
  • Most elevation gained on a stage: Stage 11 - 4,692m (15,394’).
  • Highest point on the 2022 TdF is Col du Galibier (Stage 11 and Stage 12) at 2642m’.
  • This is the 109th Tour de France since its first edition in 1903:
  • No TdF 1915-1918 (WWI)
  • No TdF 1940-1946 (WWII)
  • TdF postponed from 27 June to 29 August, 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Stages:
  • Six mountain stages;
  • Seven hilly stages;
  • Six flat stages;
  • Two individual dual time trials;
  • One travel day between Denmark (Stage 3) and France (Stage 4);
  • Two rest days (one after Stage 9 and one after Stage 15).
  • Stage 4 - Dunkirk to Calais is of exceptional historical significance as it was the valiant stand by Britain’s 30th Infantry Brigade at Calais that allowed the British Expeditionary Force of 338,000 to escape from Dunkirk the first year of WWII.  
  • Dunkirk is the northerly of any former Tour staging town and has been previously included in 19 TdFs.
  • Calais is a stage town for the third time in tour history.
  • Cobbles - return on Stage 5 after a four year absence - 19.4 km of cobbles are split into 11 segments ranging from 1.3 to 2.8 km.

Overview of Stage 5 Tour de France Cobbles

Cobbles of Stage 5 - https://www.letour.fr/en/stage-5. 

  • Last five TdF cobble stages were:  2004 (3.9 km), 2010 (13.2 km), 2014 (125.4 km), 2015 (13.3 km) and 2018 (21.7 km).
  • Mountains of the 2022 TdF: The Vosges, Alps, Massif Central, and Pyrenees.
  • Passes of the 2022 TdF:  
  • Vosges (1)
  • Alps (12)
  • Massif Central (1)
  • Pyrenees (9)
  •  Hardest and Steepest climbs of the 2022 Tour de France:
  • Hardest (via Fiets Index):

#1.  Col du Granon (11.4 km, 1101m, 9.7%)

#2.  Col du Galibier (Valloire; 17.4 km, 1199 m, 6.9%)

                #3.  Hautacam (13km, 1060m, 8.2%)

                #4.  Alpe d’Huez (14km, 1081m, 7.7%)

                #5.  Col d’Aubisque (Laruns) (16.7 km, 1193m, 7.1%)

  • Steepest climbs of the 2022 TdF (climbs 2 km+):

                #1.  Col du Granon  9.7% (11.4 km)

                #2.  La Planche des Belles Filles 8.4% (7 km)

                #3.  Col de Spandelles 8.3% (10.3 km)

                #4.  Lacets de Montvernier 8.2% (3.4 km)

                #5.  Hautacam 7.9% (13.6 km)

  • Steepest kilometer and mile:
  • HC & Category Climb:  NOT YET RELEASED
  • There are a total of ___ categorized climbs in the 2022 TdF.
  • There are __ HC climbs in this years Tour de France:  

HC Climbs

Previous Tour

appearances

Distance

Elevation Gain

Peak

Average

 Grade

  • __ Cat 1, __ Cat 2, __ Cat 3 and __ Cat 4 climbs [NOT YET RELEASED]
  • Mountains included in tour: Vosges, Alps, Massif Central and Pyrenees.
  • Five mountain top finishes:

  • Stage 12 is the exact replica of 1986 Stage 18 when Hinault and LeMond crossed the finish riding with hands clasped in the year LeMond slayed the Badger.
  • Prize money:  2.3 million euros (€500,000 to overall winner)
  • KOM Prize Money:  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; see KOM summary at the end of this page).
  • Time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds to the first, second, and third riders across the line on each stage.

Historical Tour de France facts of interest

  •   Climb most often featured in the Tour - Tourmalet - 88 times as of 2022 (Aubisque and Aspin tied at #2 with 73)

From Campan:  16.9 km gaining 1267m at 7.5% average grade.

From Luz Saint Sauveur:  18.7 km gaining 1319m at 7.1%.

  •  Highest Point ever reached in the Tour de France

Cime de la Bonette is the highest point ever reached by the Tour de France

2,802 meters - Stage 18 1962 (passed again in 1964, 1993 and 2008).

© Climb name

Elevation (meters)

Times highest point of TdF (as of 2022)

Mountain Range

Times Featured in Tour de France

Most recent

First included

Cime de la Bonette

2,802m

4

Alps

4

2008

1962

Col de l'Iseran

2,770m

8

Alps

8

2019

1938

Col Agnel

2,744m

1

Alps

2

2011

2008

Col du Galibier

2,642m

50

Alps

63

2022

1911

Col du Granon

2,413m

0

Alps

2

2022

1986

5 highest points the Tour de France has ever reached.

Also see Top 10 Highest Points of the TdF

  • Highest point of first (1903) TdF:  Col de la République (1,161m).

  • Most TdF wins:
  • Merckx has the most Grand Tour wins of anyone (11 - 5 TdF, 5 Giro, 1 Vuelta)
  • Has the second most Grand Tour wins (10 - 5 TdF, 3 Giro, 2 Vuelta)
  • Most days wearing the yellow jersey:
  • 111 (Eddy Merckx)
  • 79 (Bernard Hinault)
  • 60 (Miguel Indurain)
  • Most stage wins:  
  • Most stage wins in a single tour:  
  • Most times atop the podium (top three TdF finish):
  • First mountain stage and climbs in the Tour:
  • Stage 10 July 21, 1910 - Luchon to Bayonne
  • 326 kilometers
  • Circle of Death:  Col de Peyresourde, Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet and Col d’Aubisque
  • On arriving at the top of Col d’Aubisque Octave Lapize (TdF 1910 winner) yelled to tour organizers what is variously reported as “murderers”, “assasins” or “criminals.”  He also said he would quite the tour after descending to Laruns, but he rallied to complete the stage and go on to win the 1910 Tour de France.

Circle of Death

Tourmalet was the highest point the tour had ever reached as of 1910 (2115m)

Previous high point had been Col de Porte (1326m)

  •  First mountain-top stage finish:  Alpe d’Huez (Dutch Mountain / The Alpe) was the first mountain-top finish in the history of the Tour de France in 1952, Stage 10.
  • Country wearing the yellow jersey most:  
  • France (709)
  • Belgium (434).

 

Frenchmen have been in the maillot jaune far more than any other country.  

  • Winning TdF in first appearance:
  • Youngest winner of the Tour:  
  • Henri Cornet (France, age 19) 1904
  • Tadej Pogačar (Slovenia, age 21)  2020.
  • Oldest TdF winner:
  • Firmin Lambot (Belgium, age 36) 1922.
  • Most TdF appearances:
  • King of the Mountains -- Mountain Classification victories (first recognized in 1933; jersey introduced 1975)

letour.fr

“Symbol of the mountains, of a rider pushing beyond their limits and of courage, the red polka dot jersey, which is sponsored by Carrefour, is awarded to the Tour de France’s leader of the best climber classification. Although this classification was introduced in 1933, its symbol, the polka dot jersey, appeared in 1975, which was also the year the Tour first finished on the Champs-Élysées and was won by Bernard Thévenet. It owes its appearance to track racing specialist Henri Lemoine, who competed between the 1930s and 1950s, and that Félix Lévitan, co-director of the Tour with Jacques Goddetwhich, had particularly noticed. While Belgium’s Lucien Van Impe was its first winner and claimed the mountains classification six times, just like his illustrious predecessor, Spain’s Federico Bahamontes, the so-called “Eagle of Toledo”, Frenchman Richard Virenque holds the record for victories with seven titles.”  https://www.letour.fr/en/the-jerseys-tour-de-france/the-polka-dot-jersey 

  • TdF:

King of the Mountains is designated by the red polka dot jersey.

  • Most green jerseys (total points):
  • Most white jerseys (best young rider):
  • Least finishers:  
  • 10 in 1919
  • Shortest margin of victory:  
  • 8 seconds - Greg Lemond over Laurent Fignon in 1989 (Lemond overcame 50 seconds in the final time trial using aero bars for the first time in the TdF).
  • Greatest margin of victory:
  • Country with most wins:
  • France (36)
  •  Belgium (18)
  • Spain (12)
  • Italy (10)
  • Britain (6)
  • Luxembourg (5)
  • USA (3)
  • Hardest climb everr in the Tour de France:  Col de la Loze (Meribel).

Stage 7 - Mountain Stage #1 

TOMBLAINE>LA SUPER PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES

8 July - 176 km (109 mi) / 2,507m (8,225’)

Commentary from Christian Prudhomme (TdF General Director since 2007): “Although this is the first summit finish of the 2022 Tour, it doesn’t come at the end of an authentic mountain stage. However, Super Planche des Belles Filles always guarantees a high-intensity finish. As the one big climbing test of the day, the gaps at the finish shouldn’t be that substantial, but the riders’ finishing positions will give a strong indication of the form of the podium contenders” (Tour de France Stage 7).

Overview of the 2022 Tour de France Stage 7

https://www.letour.fr/en/stage-7 

Climb

Previous Tour

appearances

Distance

Elevation Gain

Peak

Average

 Grade

La Super Planche des Belles Filles

6x (2 Super & 4 regular)

7 km (4.4 mi)

596m (1,957’)

1140m (3,740’)

8.4%

PJAMM Cycling's profile tool analysis of the 2022 Tour de France Stage 7

PJAMM Cycling’s Profile Tool analysis of Stage 7.

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89 km at 0-5%, 10.6 km at 5-10% and 3 km at 10-15%.

Steepest 500 meters 12.8%, 1 km 11% and 2 km 10%.

PJAMM Cycling's profile tool analysis of the 2022 Tour de France Super la Planch des Belles Filles

PJAMM Cycling Profile Tool - Super La Planch des Belles Filles

1 km at 0-5%, 2.8 km 5-10%, 2.5 km at 10-15% and 200 meters at 15-20%.

Steepest 500 meters is 12.8% and 1 km 11.4%

Stage 9 - Mountain Stage #2 

AIGLE>CHÂTEL LES PORTES DU SOLEIL

10 July - 183 km (114 mi) / 3556m (11,667’)

Commentary from Christian Prudhomme (TdF General Director since 2007): “A demanding week comes to an end with the first authentic mountain test. The riders will have to adjust to a new tempo on the consecutive stages in Switzerland, although they won’t push them to their limits. A breakaway group with a good balance of riders could well take advantage of this comparative gentle entry into the Alps. In the final, a strong rider could impose himself on the Pas de Morgins and take victory in Châtel” (Tour de France Stage 9).

2022 Tour de France Stage 9 overview

https://www.letour.fr/en/stage-9 

Climb

Previous Tour

appearances

Distance

(kilometers)

Elevation Gain

(meters)

Peak

(meters)

Average

 Grade

Cote de Chexbres

First time

Col des Mosses

4

13.1

539

1,423

4%

Col de la Croix

3

8.1

608

1,773

7.5%

Pas de Morgins

4

16.1

946

1,379

5.8%

PJAMM Cycling's Profile Tool analysis for the 2022 Tour de France Stage 9

PJAMM Cycling’s Profile Tool analysis of Stage 9.

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71 km at 0-5% / 33.5 km at 5-10%.

Stage 11 - Mountain Stage #3

ALBERTVILLE>COL DU GRANON SERRE CHEVALIER

13 July - 149 km (93 mi) /3978m (13,051’’)

Commentary from Christian Prudhomme (TdF General Director since 2007): “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).

photo collage shows signs on the Col du Granon, Col du Galiber, col du Chaussy

route overview of 2022 Tour de France Stage 11

Climb

Previous Tour

appearances

Distance

(kilometers)

Elevation Gain

(meters)

Peak

(meters)

Average

 Grade

Lacets de Montvernier

2

13.4

999

1508

7.5%

Col du Télégraphe

31

11.7

829

1566

7.1%

Col du Galibier

61

17.4

1199

2642

6.9%

Col du Granon

1

11.4

1101

2413

9.7%

PJAMM Cycling's profile tool analysis of Stage 11 of the 2021 Tour de France

PJAMM Cycling’s Profile Tool analysis of Stage 11.

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PJAMM Cycling profile tool shows climb overview of the Col du Galibier

PJAMM Cycling Profile Tool - Col du Galibier (Valloire)

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Stage 12 - Mountain Stage #4 

CÉRET > ANDORRE-LA-VIEILLE

11 July - 192 km (119 mi) /4,379 m (14,367’)

Results: TBD

Commentary from Christian Prudhomme (TdF General Director since 2007): “There’s a wink to history here as well as a desire to close the Battle of the Alps on a route tailor- made for the best climbers. It’s an exact replica of the Briançon-Alpe d’Huez stage of 1986, with the ascent of the Galibier once again on the programme, followed by the climb of the Col de la Croix de Fer, before tackling the 21 hairpins leading up to the Isère resort. It will provide an intermediate assessment of the state of play...” (Tour de France Stage 12).

photo collage shows PJAMM Cycling's time climbing Col du Galibier

overview of Stage 12 of the 2022 Tour de France

https://www.letour.fr/en/stage-12 

Climb

Previous Tour

appearances

Distance (km)

Elevation Gain (meters)

Peak (meters)

Average

 Grade

Col du Lautaret

26

26

780

2058

2.9%

Col du Galibier 

62

8.6

569

2642

6.7%

Col de la Croix de Fer

20

28.5

1602

2067

5.2%

Alpe d’Huez

31

14

1081

1801

7.7%

Note - Col du Galibier statistics include Lautaret.

PJAMM Cycling's profile tool analysis of Stage 15 of the 2021 Tour de France

PJAMM Cycling’s Profile Tool analysis of Stage 12.

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45 km at 0-5%, 37.5 km at 5-10% and 7.2 km at 10-15%.

Stage 17 - Mountain Stage #5 

SAINT-GAUDENS>PEYRAGUDES

20 July - 130 km (81 mi) /3320 m (10,892’))

Commentary from Christian Prudhomme (TdF General Director since 2007): “The scenario is as sumptuous for the spectators as it is demanding for the leaders, who will have to defend their positions. After crossing the Col d’Aspin and the Hourquette d’Ancizan, attacks could come as early as the climb to the Col d’Azet. And in the final, even the best climbers might flounder when tackling the steep gradients towards the Peyragudes altiport... the third runway to success in the 2022 Tour!” (Tour de France Stage 17).

Photo collage shows PJAMM Cycling's time riding Stage 17 of the Tour de France

route overview of the 2022 Tour de France Stage 17

https://www.letour.fr/en/stage-17 

Climb

Previous Tour

appearances

Distance

(kilometers)

Elevation Gain

Meters)

Peak

(meters)

Average

 Grade

Col d’Aspin

72

11.9

799

1489

6.6%

Hourquette d’Ancizan

4

16.7

749

1564

4.1%

Col de Val Louron-Azet

9

8.9

659

1573

7.3%

Peyragudes

3

9

672

1580

7.5%

PJAMM Cycling's profile tool overview of Stage 17 of the 2021 tour de france

PJAMM Cycling’s Profile Tool analysis of Stage 17.

See Profile Tool for the location and grade for the steepest segments of TdF 2022 Stage 17

57 km at 0-5%, 30.5 km at 5-10% and 1.3 km at 10-15%.

PJAMM Cycling's Profile Tool analysis of Station de Peyragude

Station de Peyragude

See Profile Tool for the location and grade of this climb’s steepest segments.

Stage 18 - Mountain Stage #6 

LOURDES>HAUTACAM

21 July  143 km (89 mi) /4029 m (13,219’)

Commentary from Christian Prudhomme (TdF General Director since 2007): “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).

Photo collage shows PJAMM Cycling's time climbing Tour de France Stage 18 route

Route overview of the 2022 Tour de France Stage 18

https://www.letour.fr/en/stage-18 

Climb

Previous Tour

appearances

Distance

(kilometers)

Elevation Gain

(meters)

Peak

(meters)

Average

 Grade

Col d’Aubisque

73

16.7

1193

1709

7.1%

Col de Spandeleles

0

10.3

821

1378

7.9%

Hautacam

5

13

1060

1520

8.2%

PJAMM Cycling's profile tool analysis of Tour de France 2021 Stage 18

PJAMM Cycling’s Profile Tool analysis of Stage 18.

See Profile Tool for the location and grade for the steepest segments of TdF 2022 Stage 18

39 km at 0-5%, 35 km at 5-10% and 5 km at 10-15%.

PJAMM Cycling's Profile Tool overview for the 2022 Tour de France Stage 18 - Hatautacam

Hatautacam

See Profile Tool for the location and grade of this climb’s steepest segments.

Steepest 500m 14% and 1 km 11.7%

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)

  • King of the Mountains -- Mountain Classification victories (first recognized in 1933; jersey introduced 1975)
  • TdF:
  • 2020 & 2021 King of the Mountains:  Tadej Pogačar, Slovenia (also won the TdF and the Young Rider classification)

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)