While the Tour de France will cross the Jura to make an incursion into Switzerland, the profile of the 8th stage could allow a small group to escape or the punchers to explain themselves in the final.
The Tour de France is going to switch to Olympic time! After two days marked by explanations between leaders and the success of Tadej Pogacar in Longwy and La Super Planche des Belles Filles, the 8th stage of the 2022 edition of the Grande Boucle will link Dole to Lausanne over a distance of 186.3 kilometers. A route that will see the peloton cross the Jura with a profile that will be far from obvious. After crossing Arbois, the climb to the Belvédère du Fer à Cheval will start to make the race more difficult, with adventurers who could be interested in a long-distance breakaway in order to seek a stage victory. After the intermediate sprint in Montrond then a trip to Champagnole, birthplace of a certain Quentin Fillon Maillet, the runners will have to climb the Côte du Maréchet (2km at 5.7% average) then the Côte de Rousses (6.7km at 5% average).
An ending that I promised
An ascent that will allow the peloton to reach a plateau surveyed for almost 30 kilometers, with in particular the crossing of Bois d’Amont, home of Jason Lamy-Chpuis, Nordic combined Olympic champion in 2010, and which will be an opportunity to cross the border between France and Switzerland, the third country visited by the Tour de France this year except for France. After climbing the Col de Pétra Félix (2.4km at 5.6%), it will be time for a long downhill section to Ecublens, 10.5 kilometers from the finish. If the breakaway was able to resist the peloton, the stage victory will be decided on the Côte du Stade Olympique (4.8km at 4.6%). Otherwise, everything indicates that the best punchers in the peloton will be happy to scrap to raise their arms as the winner in the city that hosts the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee. A stage which could also see the peloton seize the opportunity to recover before an even more demanding stage this Sunday towards Châtel.