Stage 10 Tour de France 2022

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Megeve
Megève télécabine

Stage 10 of the Tour de France 2022 is 148km in total. Despite taking place in the Alps, it largely sticks to the valleys, so it is categorised as hilly.

It starts from Morzine, part of the Portes du Soleil ski area, and heads for Thonon-les-Bains, on the shore of Lac Léman. Leaving the lake, the route is south to Cluses, Sallanches, and Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc.

The big finale will be the last kilometre of the climb to the line at Megève Altiport.

Stage 10 Tour de France 2022: Race Details

Race details - Stage 10, Tour de France 2022
Date Tuesday 12th July 2022
Stage classification Hilly
Distance 148km
Intermediate sprint Passy-Marlioz
Climbs Côte de Chevenoz (Cat. 4)
Col de Jambaz (Cat. 3)
Côte de Châtillon-sur-Cluses (Cat. 4)
Montée de l'Altiport de Megève (Cat. 2)

Stage 10 Tour de France 2022: Map & Stage Profile

Map showing Stage 10, TDF 2022
Map showing Stage 10, Tour de France 2022, © ASO/Tour de France

There's an annoying video map of Stage 10:

This is the profile of Stage 10 Tour de France 2022:

Profile of Stage 10 TDF 2022
Profile of Stage 10 Tour de France 2022, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 10 Tour de France 2022: Timings

Timings - Stage 10, Tour de France 2022 - Local French Time

Caravan Fast Schedule Slow Schedule
Start Time (départ fictif) 1130 1330 1330
Start Time (départ réel) 1140 1340 1340
Col de Jambaz Climb (69.2km) 1321 1512 1521
Intermediate Sprint (123.8km) 1441 1625 1641
Finish Line (148.1km) 1517
1657 1717

Stage 10 Tour de France 2022: Route Notes

Stage 10 starts in Morzine, Portes du Soleil.

Morzine

Morzine
Morzine, by eGuide Travel, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Morzine is a resort in the Portes du Soleil ski area. It's at an altitude of 1000m (Wikipedia).

From 1181, Morzine was a grange (farm) of Aulps Abbey, a nearby Cistercian monastery. In the 1700s, slate quarries opened here. Winter tourism took over from around 1930.

As well as skiing in the Winter, Morzine is known for mountain biking in the Summer.

The last time the Tour de France visited Morzine was on Stage 20 of the 2016 edition of the race, won in the rain by Ion Izaguirre of Movistar.


The Route of Stage 10 Tour de France 2022

The riders leave Morzine heading north on the D902 alongside the Dranse de Morzine to St Jean-d'Aulps and the Abbaye Notre Dame d'Aulps.

Abbaye d'Aulps
Abbaye d'Aulps, by Krzysztof Golik, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The first 17km of the day as far as Bioge are gently downhill.

Côte de Chevenoz (Category 4)

The riders turn off to the right on the D22 and start climbing, then take a sharp left onto the D32 and continue up to the village of Chevenoz. This is the Category 4 climb of the Côte de Chevenoz - 2.2km at 2.9%, reaching 808m at the top.

The descent is via Vinzier to Thonon-les-Bains on the shore of Lac Léman.

Thonon-les-Bains

Thonon-les-Bains
Thonon-les-Bains, by Chabe01, Flickr, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Thonon-les-Bains is a town of 35,000 people, and part of the Swiss-French cross-border agglomeration known as Grand Genève (Wikipedia).

It was the capital of the Savoyard province of Chablais (hence the Chablais wines in Aigle, discussed in Stage 9). With the rest of the Duchy of Savoy, it became part of France in 1860 under Napoléon III.

The Port de Rives (pictured above) is the main marina, and has a museum dedicated to fishing and Lac Léman.

Thonon is built on quite a steep hill, and has a funicular railway to link the Port de Rives with the ville haute.


Col de Jambaz (Category 3)

Bellevaux
Bellevaux, by Fachimiar, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Leaving Thonon-les-Bains, the race takes the D26, climbing through Armoy, Reyvroz, Vailly and Bellevaux. The road continues up to the Col de Jambaz at 1,028m. The climb is 6.7km at 3.8%, and is Category 3.

The Col de Jambaz is just below the Mont d'Hirmentaz and the Hirmentaz ski resort.

The descent is via Mégevette, Onnion and Saint-Jeoire to Marignier in the valley of the river Arve.

Côte de Châtillon-sur-Cluses (Category 4)

Instead of taking the valley road from Marignier to Cluses, the peloton must climb the D6 towards Châtillon-sur-Cluses. It's 4.5km at 3.9%, reaching 661m at the top.

From the top, the riders drop down to Cluses on the D902.

Cluses
Cluses seen from le Môle, by Guilhem Vellut, Licence CC BY 2.0

Next Stage 10 follows the Arve upstream to Sallanches.

Sallanches

Sallanches
Sallanches

Sallanches is a town of 16,000 people in the Haute Savoie département of France, just a few kilometres down the glacial valley of the river Arve from Chamonix. The river Sallanche joins the Arve on the edge of the town. Sallanches is sandwiched between the Aravis mountains to the west, and the Mont Blanc range to the east.

The names Sallanches is derived from the Franco-Provencal 'chalanche', and signifies a steep slope prone to avalanches. The town belonged to the House of Savoie from 1355 until the French Revolution, and again from 1814 (defeat of Napoleon) until 1860 (when much of Savoie was transferred to France).

Traditionally, Sallanches was a town of precision engineering. It is the home of Dynastar skis, founded in 1963 as a collaboration between the Dynamic and Starflex ski brands. Today, it serves as a commercial centre for the neighbouring ski resorts.


The intermediate sprint is soon after Sallanches, at Passy-Marlioz, after 123.8km. The riders then cross the river Arve to Le Fayet, where the final climb begins.

Montée de l'Altiport de Megeve (Category 2)

Profile of the Megeve Altiport climb
Profile of the Megève Altiport climb, © ASO/Tour de France

The first part of the climb is through Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc (also known as Saint-Gervais-les Bains) on the D909.

Stage 10 then joins the N212 and the climb continues (with a relatively easy gradient) through Demi-Quartier to Megève (1,111m).

The riders leave Megève on the rue Edmond de Rothschild, which leads to the Mont d'Arbois ski area. Then they join Route de la Côte 2000, heading for Plaine Joux.

The Category 2 climb finishes at 1,382m, with 145.9km ridden.

The Finish at Megève Altiport

The top of the official climb isn't the end of the climbing though. There's a further 2.2km to go, taking the riders to 1,460m at Megève Altiport.

The Altiport at Megeve
Megève Altiport, by B. Brassoud, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Stage 10 Tour de France 2022: the Favourites

Tim Wellens
Tim Wellens, by Hoebele, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

A breakaway could go on the first climb, and stay away until the end of the stage while the GC contenders wait for the final climb to battle it out. In that scenario, I'll guess that Tim Wellens will win.

Alternatively, one GC team might ride hard from early on the stage, to see if their team leader has come out of the rest day in better form than his rivals; the GC battle could also be a contest for the stage win.

In this case, my imaginary money is on Primoz Roglic.

Who do you think will win Stage 10?



Megève

Church, Megève
Church, Megève

Megève is a fashionable ski resort - perhaps better known for celebrity clients and expensive restaurants than for extreme skiing. It is at an altitude of 1,113m, so not one of the higher resorts.

The name Megève comes from the Celtic Mageva, meaning village in the middle of waters. Before winter sports tourism, it was a peaceful agricultural village. The first tourists came in the C19th - pilgrims who came to visit the Stations of the Cross erected by Reverend Ambroise Martin from 1840, then tourists hoping to profit from the pure air.

The first ski competition took place in 1914. Local farmers created ski tows, and the arrival of the Rothschild family at Mont d'Arbois hastened the development of the town and ski resort. The first téléphérique was built in 1933.

Emile Allais

Megève is known as the home town of famous skier Emile Allais, born here in 1912 (and who died in Sallanches in 2012). He learnt to ski when helping Baron Rothschild's Austrian ski instructor, as a porter. He broke a leg in 1933, while doing his military service with the chasseurs alpins, and it was then slightly shorter than the other; when he later broke the other leg, the doctor was able to make it the same length as the first.

He was the first Frenchman to win a medal in downhill skiing, and he won gold in downhill, slalom, and combined at the 1937 World Championships in Chamonix. He invented the 'French skiing method', published with Paul Gignoux at the end of 1937, and taught (in an updated version) at the French ski schools (Ecoles du Ski Francais) throughout ski resorts in France. In December 1937, he became the first French ski instructor, with medal number 1. After the Second World War, he became technical director at ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme, which trains instructors). He was still skiing at the age of 100.

Amongst Megève's attractions other than skiing, there's a museum (Musée du Haut Val d'Arly); a replica of the Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem, with fifteen oratories and chapels; and plane trips from the altiport at Côte 2000.

There are also plenty of high-end shops, like A Allard. Armand Allard was a tailor in Megève from 1926, and Emile Allais asked him to create ski trousers which would be practical for competition. The result was the fuseau: tight-fitting trousers, which Allais wore when winning his gold medals in 1937.

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Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc

Saint-Gervais

Ski - Saint Gervais, by Manon Fockedey, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

St-Gervais is the highest Commune in France and in Europe, since the summit of Mont Blanc is within its territory (although the Italians on the other side of the mountain dispute this). The town is referred to as St-Gervais-les-Bains, or St-Gervais-Mont-Blanc. The stream or torrent running down le Val Montjoie and through St-Gervais is called le Bon Nant. The inhabitants are called St-Gervolains. 

The St Gervais after whom the town is named was a Christian who was martyred together with his twin brother Protais in the reign of the Roman Emporer Nero.

Val Montjoie has been inhabited since Neolithic times. A Celtic people called the Ceutrons lived here immediately before the arrival of the Romans in the C1st AD. Val Montjoie became part of Savoie in 1355.

Hot springs were discovered at Le Fayet in 1806, and St-Gervais subsequently developed as a spa town. It is still popular with valetudinarians seeking a cure, and in 2011, a new spa area called 'les Bains du Mont Blanc' was opened.

The most popular route to the top of Mont Blanc (4810m) is from St-Gervais, on the Tramway du Mont Blanc to the Nid d'Aigle, then to the Dôme du Goûter and past the Vallot cabin and the Arête des Bosses. The route up Mont Blanc from St-Gervais is called the Voie des Cristalliers, or the Voie Royale. Marie Paradis, the first woman to reach the summit of Mont Blanc (1808) was from St-Gervais.

St-Gervais is a ski resort, with skiing on the Mont d'Arbois, and le Prarion. 

There's bungee jumping from the St-Gervais viaduct, with a 65m fall into the Gorges du Bonnant.


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