Date: Thursday July 14 (Bastille Day)
Begin: Briançon
End: Alpe d’Huez
Distance: 166 km

A stage beginning in Briançon and ending atop Alpe d’Huez whereas additionally taking within the Galibier (once more) and the Col de la Croix de Fer. On Bastille Day!? You don’t get rather more Tour de France than this. And this stage has heritage too. It’s an virtually precise reproduction of the identical route from 1986, when Bernard Hinault was the winner on the day after his well-known duel with Greg LeMond.

There will probably be loads of stationary trainers in use at the beginning. Nearly instantly, the peloton tackles the Galibier as soon as once more from the alternative aspect to what they rode a day earlier, swooping down previous the Col du Télégraphe this time, by means of the valley and as much as the Col de la Croix de Fer. The primary two categorised climbs of the day see the peloton going uphill for 52 km at a median gradient of round 5.2%. Then there’s 40 km of respite because the bunch descends down onto the flat run-up to Alpe d’Huez. The Alpe is 13.8 km lengthy at a median gradient of 8.1%.

Who will win stage 12?

After stage 11, it’s anybody’s guess what might occur on the highway to the Alpe d’Huez. One factor that has turn out to be somewhat unlikely is {that a} breakaway will probably be allowed to go the gap, however there’s a big pot of KOM factors to struggle over alongside the way in which, so there’s a good probability we’ll see a number of the similar faces as Wednesday, that’s Warren Barguil (Arkéa Samsic), Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) and Simon Geschke (Cofidis), that’s in the event that they’re not completely knackered. Maybe with added Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) for a Bastille Day rampage.

The possibilities are it’ll be a GC race as soon as once more. Geraint Thomas was the victor the final time the Tour went up this legendary climb, clad within the yellow jersey after taking the stage win the day earlier than, and the Welshman may be very near the rostrum after rolling the clock again on stage 11. You possibly can guess he’ll wish to add to his Tour mythology with an analogous assertion.

However there’s one man who’s out for revenge, and that’s Tadej Pogačar, so count on him to go all in. Nonetheless, if he’s marked out of rivalry by the crew of recent chief Jonas Vingegaard, then perhaps one of many Frenchmen can sneak away from the GC group for a Bastille Day win: Groupama-FDJ’s David Gaudu or second-overall Romain Bardet?

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