Tour de France 2022 Stage 7 preview: Route map and profile of finish atop Planche des Belles Filles today
Stage 7 of the 2022 Tour de France offers up the first summit finish for the general classification contenders to fight over, and an opportunity for Tadej Pogacar to stamp his authority on the race once more.
Pogacar powered clear to win stage 6 in emphatic style and the reigning champion is already looking good for a third yellow jersey.
La Super Planche des Belles Filles (7km at 8.7% average gradient) has become a modern classic on the Tour. It is where Chris Froome won in 2012 and where Pogacar took control of the 2020 edition, and the Slovenian 23-year-old could come to the fore once more to make a statement, and even snatch the yellow jersey as he attempts to win his third successive Tour.
‘The Plank’ gets steeper as it rises towards the finish line, ending on a 24% gradient which will sort the hardy climbers from the rest. It comes after two category three climbs: the Col de Grosse Pierre (3.1km at 6.4%) and Col des Croix (3.2km at 6.3%) and the stage winner will require sharp bike-handling on the descents as well as strong legs on the way up.
A breakaway of serious climbers could stick it out to the end but typically this stage has served up a contest between the GC riders, and tends to offers an early indication of who might be strongest when it comes to the highest climbs of the Alps and Pyrenees.
Pogacar is the favourite here, while riders like Dan Martinez and Geraint Thomas (Ineos), Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), and Ben O’Connor (Ag2R) are all contenders – the Australian O’Connor won a first-week mountain stage on last year’s Tour. For an outside bet, how about Nairo Quintana who tends to grab a mountain stage at some point, albeit normally at higher altitude than this route.
Stage 7 profile
Stage 7 start time
The stage is scheduled to begin at around 12.15pm BST with the expected arrival at 4:30pm BST.
How to watch on TV and online
Tour de France coverage can be found this year on ITV4, Eurosport, Discovery+ and GCN+ (Global Cycling Network).
Live racing each day will be shown on ITV4 before highlights typically at 7pm each day. ITV’s website lists timings here.
Eurosport and GCN+ will show every minute of every stage. More on Eurosport’s coverage here and the GCN+ coverage here.
It is also being shown on Eurosport’s Discovery+ streaming service, with broadcast info here.
Overall standings (top 10 after 6 of 21 stages)
1. Tadej Pogacar, Slovenia, UAE Team Emirates, 20h 44m 44s.
2. Neilson Powless, United States, EF Education-EasyPost, 4s behind.
3. Jonas Vingegaard, Denmark, Jumbo-Visma, :31.
4. Adam Yates, Britain, Ineos Grenadiers, :39.
5. Thomas Pidcock, Britain, Ineos Grenadiers, :40.
6. Geraint Thomas, Britain, Ineos Grenadiers, :46.
7. Aleksandr Vlasov, Bora-Hansgrohe, :52.
8. Daniel Martinez, Colombia, Ineos Grenadiers, 1:00.
9. Romain Bardet, France, Team DSM, 1:01.
10. David Gaudu, France, Groupama-FDJ, 1:02