Peloton poised for battle royal on toughest stage of the Tour de France yet

0
7
tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibier

tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibier

07:15 AM

Hello

And welcome to our live rolling blog from stage 11 of the 109th Tour de France, the 151.7-kilometre run from Albertville to Col de Granon.

Magnus Cort and Nick Schultz (foreground) - tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibier - APMagnus Cort and Nick Schultz (foreground) - tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibier - AP

Magnus Cort and Nick Schultz (foreground) – tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibier – AP

Having lit up the opening weekend in his Danish homeland, Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) got himself a thoroughly deserved stage win on a day that was overshadowed by Covid and a brief neutralisation of the stage as a result of climate protestors. While race leader Tadej Pogacar’s mountain domestique George Bennett was leaving the Tour and another UAE Team Emirates rider Rafal Majka was allowed to continue despite testing positive for Covid due to having a “low viral load”, yours truly was recovering from his own bout of the dreaded C-word and so that’s about as much as he can write about Tuesday’s stage. Fortunately, here are some highlights for you to watch if you, like me, are playing catch-up at the Tour.

What I do know is that although Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) propelled himself up to second on general classification after getting into yesterday’s breakaway, defending champion Pogacar kept hold of top spot and so will once again be dressed in the yellow jersey.

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) may have failed to add a single point to his tally in the race for the green jersey, but the Belgian all-rounder still has a vice-like grip on that particular garment.

There were no changes in the top five of the mountains classification and so German rider Simon Geschke (Cofidis) will wear the maillot à pois, or the polka dot jersey, as the leader of that competition.

Pogacar also leads the young rider classification, but his white jersey will be worn by the British rider Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers).

So, what’s on today’s menu?

Climbing, climbing and a little more climbing. Featuring 4,070 metres in vertical elevation – just tomorrow’s stage features more at this year’s Tour – and its first hors catégorie climbs, today will provide the sternest test yet of riders general classification credentials. There may be more metres gained in Thursday’s stage, but this is widely expected to be the tougher of the two.

Tour de France 2022, stage 11 profile - tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibierTour de France 2022, stage 11 profile - tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibier

Tour de France 2022, stage 11 profile – tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibier

Following a long-ish approach along the valley to the picturesque Lacets de Montvernier where photographers will be placed ready to capture the numerous switchbacks – 18, to be precise – that punctuate the climb roughly every 15o metres. At 3.4km it is only a short climb, but with an average gradient of 8.2% may provide the launchpad for any brave souls on which to build an assault – if, that is, one has not yet gone off up the road in a breakaway.

The Télégraphe-Galibier double-header is an absolute beast and with the mercury rising in the French Alps, those who cannot cope with the heat may start to struggle. Without question, riders will be losing big chunks of time today, the question remains: which ones?

Télégraphe-Galibier - tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibierTélégraphe-Galibier - tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibier

Télégraphe-Galibier – tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibier

The finale, features a climb that has appeared just once in the Tour, in one of the greatest editions in living memory, the 1986 race. On that occasion the Spaniard Eduardo Chozas prevailed, beating Urs Zimmermann and eventual  champion Greg Lemond by 6min 26sec, while the rest of the big names were scattered all over the climb, crossing the line with huge time gaps – by today’s standard at least – between themselves. With an average gradient of 9.2% over a distance of 11.3km, we could see a similar scenario this afternoon.

Granon - tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibierGranon - tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibier

Granon – tour de france 2022 stage 11 live updates results galibier

And finally, the weather . . . 

Follow Telegraph Sport’s live coverage from 12.30pm (BST).