Tour de France: an aperitif between Morzine and Megève

Tour de France spectators wave French flags as riders pass during stage 10 between Morzine and Megève, July 12, 2022 Anne-Christine Bogolat

Aperitif in the Alps: Tuesday’s Tour de France peloton kicked off a few minutes after initial time at 1:47pm from Morzine in Haute-Savoie for stage 10 to Megève on a relatively easy route, setting the stage for a two-stage mountain that promises to be Danteke.

The day after the second day of rest, peloton recorded two new abandonments due to testing positive for Covid-19. This time it fell to Australian Luke Dorbridge (BikeExchange) and especially New Zealander George Bennett, teammate of the yellow jersey Tadej Poojakar in the UAE.

Pogacar had already lost his first teammate last Saturday in the person of Norwegian Vegard Stake Laengen.

In total, five riders had to leave the race due to the virus, as well as Frenchman Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis).

The tour resumes with a stage of 145 kilometers, not 148 kilometers as initially planned, traced in the Northern Alps but without the slightest pass, between Morzine and Megève.

The main difficulty of the day, the climb to the finish (19.2 km at 4.1%) was rated Class II to reach Megeve Harbor with the GP de la Montagne sign placed 2,200 meters from the line.

Lors d’une journée ensoleillée et intégralement passée en Haute-Savoie, la route décrit une form de boucle pour atteindre le lac Léman à Thonon-les-Bains et revenir vers Megève, puis grimper la station au kilo-desès, 8 far.

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With the heat starting in France, the next two days promise to be even more challenging with two massive phases. On Wednesday, runners will climb the Telegraph and Galibier Pass to reach Granon Pass (11.3 km 9.2%).

The next day, a national holiday in France, the tour will reach Alpe d’Huez via Galiber, climb on the other side, and Croix-de-Fer.

Megève (3,100 inhabitants), a stopping town for the third time, hosted a trial won by Briton Chris Froome in 2016.

At Dauphiné 2020, the stage finish was judged on the harbor and the win went to Germany’s Lennard Kämna.

Arrival in Megève is scheduled for approximately 5:08 pm (schedule calculated at an average speed of 43 km/h).

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