Tour de France 2022 stage 14 preview: A day of punchy climbs

All you need to know about the route, timings, and what to expect from stage 14

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Stage 14 of the Tour de France 2022 starts in Saint-Étienne and finishes in Mende.

With a cornucopia of climbs building to a crescendo you can be sure the breakaway artists will have circled this in their road books.

When is stage 14 of the Tour de France taking place?

The Tour de France stage 14 takes place on Saturday, July 16 starting at 11:30 BST with an anticipated finish time of 16:21 BST. 

How long is stage 14 of the Tour de France?

The Tour de France stage 14 will be 192.5 km long (fun trivia: just 0.1km shorter than stage 13!)

Tour de France stage 14: expected timings

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RouteDistance to goAnticipated Time (BST)
Côte de la Croix Neuve1.5km16:19

Tour de France stage 14 route

Tour de France stage 14

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This is a day of constant bumps and rolls through the eastern side of the Massif Central. The climbs get longer and higher as the race approaches the finish town of Mende, into which there’s a steady descent and then what has become the familiar finale on the Côte de la Croix Neuve, which is also known as the Montée Laurent Jalabert after the Frenchman who was the first winner at its summit in 1995. It rises for 3km at an average of 10.2%, reaching the aerodrome on the plateau above Mende and finishing on its runway.

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Tour de France stage 14: what to expect 

Four of the previous five finishes at Mende’s aerodrome have been disputed between members of the breakaway group, the odd one out being Joaquim Rodríguez’s 2010 success, and even then the last escapee was only reeled in just before the top of the Croix Neuve. As a consequence, there’s sure to be a fierce battle to get into the break, where punchy climbers will have an advantage at the finish. The key to the final climb is to avoid pushing too hard too quickly.

Tour de France stage 14: riders to watch

The profile of four of the previous five winners at Mende’s velodrome offer a clue to the riders who should have the best chance today. Laurent Jalabert (1995), Marcos Serrano (2005), Joaquim Rodríguez (2010) and Omar Fraile (2018) were all the kind of punchy climbers who would thrive on a finish that resembles the Mur de Huy finale of Flèche Wallonne. It’s ideal for a string of French climbers in search of results including Benoît Cosnefroy, Valentin Madouas, Warren Barguil and Thibaut Pinot.

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