130 km to go
The valley trails continue for another 30 km and the climb begins with a climb up the spectacular Laquites de Montvernier bend.
As the riders say, it’s a “super fast” start on the stage.
The six chasers in 30 seconds, with a peloton in 40 seconds.
No sprint up front with Van Art driving Van der Paul over the line.
A group of six stalkers work together to capture Van Art and Van der Poel.
Many teams are trying to inspire the chase but the gap is widening.
It would be great to see if Van Art and Van der Paul continue racing after the middle sprint.
140 km to go
The peloton loosened, allowing van Aert and van der Poel to open a gap.
It’s up to 30 seconds.
The gap is up to 25 seconds.
The two would go away as the enemy approached.
WVA + MvdP leads the peloton by 15 seconds.
Behind Vlasov is chasing a mechanical problem. This is not the time to back off.
Van Aert and Van der Poel but the other riders are chasing hard.
And the first passenger to attack?
Van Aert and his cycling competitor Mathieu van der Poel.
Race director Christian Prudhomme waves the flag and begins the stage.
The opening of 45 km on the valley’s flat roads.
Interestingly, the average sprint comes early, at Aiguebelle, only 16.5 km away
Wout van Aert at the front of the peloton is ready for a points chase.
To prepare for the stage, read Alasdair Fotheringham’s detailed preview, which features all the climbs of the day and commentary from Eduardo Chozas, winner on the Spanish stage on that day in 1986, the only time the tour ends at the top.
It’s certainly the toughest mountain stage yet of the 2022 Tour, after all, and just as much – along with the climb to Alpe d’Huez the next day and Hotacam in week three – one of the three toughest in the entire race. If Pogacar passes yellow and neither he nor his team shows weakness, the odds of him holding him to Paris in 10 days will be much higher.
No matter what happens at Col du Granon in Tour de FranceFor race leader Tadig Bojjar (UAE Team Emirates) or his closest cohorts Jonas Vinggaard (Jumbo-Visma) and Geriant Thomas (Inios Grenadier), Col du Granon truly has its lasting place in racing history.
It was Col du Granon in 1986, as five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hénot wore the yellow jersey on the last day of his career. As such, the Col du Granon marks the end of a huge chapter in the sport.
🚩 Off we go! Big day ahead!!July 13, 2022
They still have to ride 7 kilometers for the flag to fall.
C’est parti! They have stopped.
The contestants face a short neutral sector with the official start in 10 minutes.
The four jerseyed plus stage winner Kurt and Combatif winner Bettiol winner at the front of the starting grid.
The riders are about to get out of Albertville.
Tadej Pujakar and his Emirati team were the last to sign.
We can confirm that all the remaining riders signed up, including Rafa Majka, who tested positive for COVID-19 but was allowed to race due to medics ruling that he is not contagious.
We are five minutes away from the official launch.
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Magnus Kurt and his EF teammates are the last time they checked in and got a lot of encouragement.
The Dane scored a superb win on the Megève stage.
This is what riders face today.
Col du Granon and challenging proportions will set the scene for a competition between the favorites for the yellow jersey! ⚔️Le Col du Granon et ses pourcentages sévères devraient le théâtre d’une belle lutte entre les candidats au Maillot Jaune! ⚔️ #TDF2022 pic.twitter.com/HevFp5lEEKJuly 13, 2022
It’s another hot day in the Alps where Jumbo-Visma fell into the snow jackets.
It is currently 31°C in Albertville.
Riders check-in in Albertville for one of the biggest stages of the 2022 Tour de France.
As always, Cyclingnews will have live updates of all events, post-stage feedback, photos and analysis.
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