Stage 8 Tour de France 2022

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Lausanne, public domain image

Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2022 is a hilly route that's 186km in total. It goes through the Jura, but it's not a mountainous stage for climbers - rather, it's classified as hilly.

The short, sharp ascent to the finish (the last kilometre of which is at a gradient of 12%) is expected to favour puncheurs, and to be decisive.

Stage 8 Tour de France 2022: Race Details

Race details - Stage 8, Tour de France 2022
Date Saturday 9th July 2022
Stage classification Hilly
Distance 186.3km
Intermediate sprint Montrond
Climbs Côte du Maréchet (Cat. 4)
Côte des Rousses (Cat. 3)
Col de Pétra Félix (Cat. 4)
Côte du Stade Olympique (Cat. 3)

Stage 8 Tour de France 2022: Map & Stage Profile

Map showing Stage 8, TDF 2022
Map showing Stage 8, Tour de France 2022, © ASO/Tour de France, powered by Esri

There's an annoying video map of Stage 8:

This is the profile of Stage 8 Tour de France 2022:

Profile of Stage 8 Tour de France 2022
Profile of Stage 8 Tour de France 2022

Stage 8 Tour de France 2022: Timings

Timings - Stage 8, Tour de France 2022 - Local French Time

Caravan Fast Schedule Slow Schedule
Start Time (départ fictif) 1105 1305 1305
Start Time (départ réel) 1120 1320 1320
Intermediate Sprint (46.9km) 1229 1423 1429
Penultimate Climb at Côte de Pétra Félix (136.9km) 1440 1623 1640
Finish Line (186.3km) 1553
1728 1753

Stage 8 Tour de France 2022: Route Notes

Stage 8 starts in Dole.


Dole, by Deborah, Licence CC BY 2.0

Dole is in the Franche-Comté region and the Jura département. It has 24,000 inhabitants (Wikipedia). It's on the river Doubs.

You can pronounce Dole with an open 'o' sound (like dole in English) or with a closed 'o' sound (like doll in English).

There was probably a Celtic settlement at or close to Dole, which was then taken over by the Romans. In the 400s, the Burgundians invaded and settled the area.

The County of Burgundy was founded in 986, and Dole eventually became its capital. In 1330 it merged with the Duchy of Burgundy.

The Habsburgs inherited Burgundy, and the Habsburgs became Kings of Spain in the 1500s. In 1668 Dole was besieged by Louis XIV of France, and after a second siege in 1674 it became part of France.

Louis Pasteur was born in Dole in 1822. He was a chemist and microbiologist renowned for the discovery of the principle of vaccination, and for the pasteurisation process. There's a museum dedicated to him in the house in Dole where he was born.

Specialities of Dole include fish dishes (carp and trout) and a spiced bread.

Leaving Dole, the riders head south via Mont-sous-Vaudrey to Arbois, known for its Arbois wines.

Arbois Wine
Arbois wine, by Benôit Prieur, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Louis Pasteur lived in Arbois from the age of 5, and inherited the house from his parents. It's now part of the Louis Pasteur Museum.

After Arbois, the road rises to the Belvédère du Fer à Cheval (540m).

Belvédere du Fer a Cheval
Belvédere du Fer a Cheval, by Caitriana Nicholson, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The higher ground forms a horseshoe shape, and a fer à cheval is a horseshoe - so the name of the belvedere is correct.

The intermediate sprint is soon after, at Montrond, with 46.9km ridden.

The route continues through the Forêt Communale de Montrond to Champagnole.

Champagnole, by PRA, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Champagnole is called 'the Pearl of the Jura'. It stands on the bank of the river Ain, and at the foot of Mont Rivel. It's a centre for tourism, notably cross-country skiing in the Winter. French Olympic champion Quentin Fillion-Maillet is from Champagnole.

Other activities in Champagnole include forestry and the industrial manufacture of furniture and other wood products. There's steel-making too.

From Champagnole, the route is south by the river Ain to Syam, where there's a Palladian villa of note.

Villa at Syam, by JGS25, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Then Stage 8 continues by the Saine, heading upstream and uphill to Les Planches-en-Montagne and Foncine-le-Bas.

Côte du Maréchet (Category 4)

From Foncine-le-Bas, the route de Saint-Laurent leads to the summit of the Category 4 Côte du Maréchet. It's 2km at an average gradient of 5.7%, and the height at the summit is 918m.

The road passes through Les Thévenis and Saint-Laurent-en-Grandvaux, then rises a little further to the Col de la Savine at 998m. Surely a few local people could spend an afternoon making a pile of stones on top, to get it to the big 1K?

Col de la Savine
Col de la Savine, by Pymouss, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

After the Col de la Savine it's downhill to  Morbier and Morez. Morbier is known for Morbier cheese, cross-country skiing, and watch- and clock-making.

Morbier cheese
Morbier cheese, by KarstenBuhr58, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Morez has an eyewear museum. Get yourself along there - it's a really great spectacle.

Côte des Rousses (Category 3)

From Morez, a longer climb starts - the Côte des Rousses. It's 6.7km at an average 5%, and rises to 1,097m. The summit is at Les Rousses.

Les Rousses
Les Rousses, by Alexey M, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Les Rousses is known for cross-country and downhill skiing. There's a factory producing cross-country skis here, the last in France, and big cross-country ski races are held here every year. Léo Lacroix, a successful downhill skier, was born in Bois d'Amont at the far end of the Lac des Rousses.

Lilian Calmejane won in Les Rousses on the 2017 Tour de France.

The race route then runs alongside the Lac des Rousses to Bois d'Amont, and over the border into Switzerland. The next 30km or so are along a high plateau at around 1,000m. Soon after crossing into Switzerland is the Lac de Joux.

Lac de Joux
Lac de Joux, by Pmau, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Watch-making is associated with Le Chenit, by the Lac de Joux; the Audemars Piguet factory is located here.

Col de Pétra Félix (Category 4)

From the north east end of the Lac de Joux, the short climb of the Col de Pétra Félix begins - 2.4km at 1.5%, to 1,144m.

The top of the Col de Pétra Félix is after 136.9km. Then it's downhill for the next 40km, most of the way to Lausanne.

The route zig-zags via L'Isle, Cossonay, Gollion, Romanel-sur-Morges, and Echandens towards the shore of Lac Léman at Préverenges. The riders stay near the lake shore, passing Saint-Sulpice where Charles Aznavour spent the last years of his life. Non Je N'ai Rien Oublié is perhaps one of his best songs. until the Château d' Ouchy.

The Côte du Stade Olympique Climb to the Finish

Profile of Cote du Stade Olympique Lausanne
Profile of the Côte du Stade Olympique climb at the end of Stage 8, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 8 heads from the lake to the centre of Lausanne, then continues up the avenue de Beaulieu, avenue du Mont Blanc and route des Plaines-du-Loup past the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise and the Vélodrome de la Pontaise. The finish line is immediately after the Parc des Sport and avenue du Vélodrome.


Lausanne, public domain image

Lausanne is the capital of the Swiss canton of Vaud. It faces Evian-les-Bains on the other side of Lac Léman.

The International Olympic Committee is based in Lausanne.

The Stade Olympique de la Pontaise is the home ground of FC Stade Lausanne Ouchy, and also hosts a Diamond League athletics event.

The Velodrome on the site is disused. It's Aigle, just east of Lac Léman, that is a big centre for indoor track cycling.

Stage 8 Tour de France 2022: the Favourites

Michael Matthews
Michael Matthews, by JGH Jahnick, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

This stage is designed for puncheurs. In the absence of Alaphilippe, it could be a battle between van Aert and van der Poel.

Who else could possibly win? Maybe Michael Matthews or Peter Sagan.

Who do you think will win Stage 8?

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