Stage 14

Saturday July 16 2022 - Saint-Etienne to Mende - 195 km Hilly

Starting in Saint-Étienne the race makes its way through the Massif Central before heading up the hellishly steep slopes of the Côte de la Croix Neuve to Mende and the finish. The route never climbs very high, but the physical demands on the riders will be almost unceasing as they race from Saint-Étienne to Mende. This trek through the departments of Loire, Haute-Loire and Lozère will push the most robust riders into action. Then, on the Jalabert Montée de la Croix Neuve leading up to the airfield above Mende, there’s likely to be two battles: the first between the breakaway riders and the second for the overall favourites.