Stage 12

Thursday July 14 2022 - Briançon to Alpe d'Huez - 166 km Mtn Finish

Another day and another ascent of the Col du Galibier. This time from the Col du Lautaret side from Briançon before descent through Valloire and into Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and the base of the Col de la Croix de Fer.

After the second beyond category climb of the day, the race heads down to Allemond and along to Bourg d'Oisans to tackle the 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d'Huez. 

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.