Stage 14 Tour de France 2022

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Mende
Aerial view of Mende, by Ville de Mende, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Stage 14 of the Tour de France 2022 is a tough, hilly stage. It finishes with the Côte de la Croix Neuve, a climb to Mende aerodrome. In a demonstration of the uneven way in which cycling's dark years are remembered, it's sometimes called the Montée Jalabert because Laurent Jalabert was the first winner here in 1995.

Steve Cummings had a famous triumph here in 2015.

Stage 14 could see a battle for the win amongst riders in a breakaway, then a fight for time among GC contenders.

Stage 14 Tour de France 2022: Race Details

Race details - Stage 14, Tour de France 2022
Date Saturday 16th July 2022
Stage classification Hilly
Distance 192.5km
Intermediate sprint Yssingeaux
Climbs Côte de Saint-Just-Malmont (Cat. 3)
Côte de Châtaignier (Cat. 3)
Côte de Grandrieu (Cat. 3)
Côte de la Fage (Cat. 3)
Côte de la Croix Neuve (Cat. 2)

Stage 14 Tour de France 2022: Map & Stage Profile

Map showing Stage 14, TDF 2022
Map showing Stage 14, Tour de France 2022, © ASO/Tour de France, powered by Esri

There's an annoying video map of Stage 14:

This is the profile of Stage 14, Tour de France 2022:

Profile of Stage 14, TDF 2022
Profile of Stage 14, Tour de France 2022, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 14 Tour de France 2022: Timings

Timings - Stage 14, Tour de France 2022 - Local French Time

Caravan Fast Schedule Slow Schedule
Start Time (départ fictif) 1015 1215 1215
Start Time (départ réel) 1030 1230 1230
Intermediate Sprint (50.7km) 1150 1342 1350
Côte de Grandrieu (135.3km) 1404 1543 1604
Finish Line (192.5km) 1534
1705 1734

Stage 14 Tour de France 2022: Route Notes

Stage 14 starts in Saint-Etienne, near Couriot - Musée de la Mine.

Saint-Etienne

Manufacture d'Armes, Saint Etienne
Manufacture d'Armes, Saint-Etienne, by Daniel Villafruela, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Saint-Etienne (Saint Stephen) stands on the river Furan.

From the 1500s it was an industrial city, known for making weapons. It was also a market town. Later, it was a centre for coal-mining and bicycle production. Bicycle wheel maker Mavic is based in Saint-Etienne.

The city is now trying to modernise and become a capital of design.

The Saint-Etienne football team has won Ligue 1 ten times, but most of their success came in the 1970s.

Stage 14 starts near the coal-mining museum.


The riders leave Saint-Etienne heading west on the D3 to Roche-la-Molière. They then pass the Cité de Beaulieu, which was a mining village, built from 1901 onwards specifically to house Polish miners.

The race passes through Firminy, another coal-mining and industrial town, then continues south, leaving the Loire département and entering the Haute Loire.

On the D500, it's already hilly terrain on the way to Saint-Just-Malmont. The route heads on from there to Saint-Didier-en-Velay and la Séauve-sur-Semène.

Soon after, the riders leave the D500, and take the D43 to Sainte-Sigolène. Still on the D43, which winds, rises and descends, they aim for Grazac.

After Grazac, the route takes the D432, then joins the D105 to head past the Barrage de la Chapelette.

The race reaches Yssingeaux and crosses the N88, following the minor D7 Route de Veyrines through villages including Sarlis and Vaunac. Further on the D7 is called the Route de Rosières; eventually the race reaches Rosières.

Still on the D7, the race follows the Loire downstream, through Adiac and Beaulieu to Lavoûte-sur-Loire. Still by the river, on the Route des Gorges, it continues south to Chadrac, and into the centre of Le Puy-en-Velay.

Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay
Le Puy-en-Velay, by W. Bulach, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Le Puy-en-Velay is the Préfecture of the Haute-Loire département.

The town was a popular starting point for a pilgrimmage to Santiago de Compostela. Its Cathedral dates from the 1100s.

An iron statue of the Virgin Mary overlooks the town. It was made from 213 Russian cannons taken in the Siege of Sevastopol (1854-5) - Wikipedia.

Another rocky pinnacle is topped by the chapel of Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe.

Le Puy is famous for a particular variety of green lentils, and for the liqueur Verveine, which is flavoured with verbena.


The riders leave Le Puy-en-Velay, exiting via Vals-près-le-Puy. They take the D31, which follows le Dolaizon to Saint-Christophe-sur-Dolaizon. The next little village is Séneujols, on the way to Cayres.

Between Cayres and le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas, there could be helicopter shots of the Lac du Bouchet.

Lac du Bouchet
Lac du Bouchet, by Jérôme Pellé, Licence CC BY 2.0

At Chapeauroux, the race leaves the Haute-Loire and enters the Lozère.

The run towards the finish is via Grandrieu, Châteauneuf-de-Randon, Laubert and Badaroux to Mende, on the river Lot.

Mende
Mende, by Patrick Giraud, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Then all that remains is the Côte de la Croix Neuve climb to the Causse de Mende and Mende aerodrome.

Côte de la Croix Neuve (Mende Aerodrome)

Cote de la Croix Neuve
Top of the Cote de la Croix Neuve, by Sanguinez, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

The climb is known in France as la Montée Jalabert, after Laurent Jalabert. This dates back to his 14th July win on Stage 12 of the Tour de France 1995. Tests have shown that Jalabert used EPO during at least one Tour de France.

The climb is 3km at 10%.

Profile of Croix Neuve climb
Profile of the Côte de la Croix Neuve, © ASO/Tour de France

From the top of the Croix Neuve climb, there's 1.5km of flat to the finish line on the Aérodrome de Mende-Brenoux.

The aerodrome is where Steve Cummings out-foxed Bardet and Pinot to win in 2015:


Stage 14 Tour de France 2022: the Favourites

Christian Prudhomme thinks Stage 14 will be won by a rider from a breakaway. If so, it could suit Bauke Mollema.

Who do you think will win Stage 14?



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Stage 14, Tour de France 2018: Mende

View of Mende
View of Mende, by Ben17_34, Licence CC BY 2.0

Mende is a town in the Lozère département of France. It is high up the valley of the river Lot. People lived here from around 200BC, and the Romans built villas at Mende.

Mont Mimat, a forested hill, overlooks Mende. It can be climbed by the Côte de la Croix Neuve. (There was a wooden cross dedicated to Saint Privat, who lived as a hermit in a cave on Mont Mimat in the C3rd. The wooden cross was put up in 1900, but replaced with a new iron cross in 1933).

Mont Mimat is one of the Causses (a limestone plateau), and this is the Grandes Causses area of the Lozère.

Sights in Mende include the Tower of the Penitents (a C12th tower at one of the gates in the old town walls), and the Notre-Dame bridge (dating from the C13th, surprisingly it has never been carried away by the river in flood).

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