Favorites stage 7 Tour de France 2022 | One-man show at La Super Planche des Belles Filles?

Tadej Pogacar in the yellow jersey, as if nothing has changed in the past three years. The Slovenian is already where he wants to be and may well strengthen his position impressively in the seventh stage of the Tour de France. Holds pogi house on La Super Planche des Belles Filles? In the leader’s jersey discusses the course, the weather forecast and the favorites for the stage win!

Route stage 7 Tour de France 2022

La Planche des Belles Filles, in other words, with the word ‘super’ added with a little boast. Why? Because, just like in 2019, the riders finish on the slightly higher and unpaved piece, which rises to a maximum of 24 percent in the final meters. Ouch! You can bet that the classification riders will sit in front of this.

Yet we will also get a nice leading group, because 2019 proved that the flight can make it in such a stage. Dylan Teuns and Giulio Ciccone then fought a duel. For that reason it is nice that two starters are served, where the leading group can take time and the strongest remain.

La Planche des Belles Filles in 2019!

The top of the first climb is after more than 107 kilometers. With 3.1 kilometers at 6.4 percent, this Col de Grosse Pierre is not too heavy, although it does have an annoying, constantly increasing run-up. The Col des Croix is ​​not much heavier at 3.2 kilometers at 6.3 percent and is still preceded by the uncategorized Col du Ménil.

After this preliminary work we race towards the monster of the Vosges. The Planche des Belles Filles is incredibly steep at 7 kilometers at 8.7 percent, with a profile that is strikingly black. The fact that the percentages do not exceed 9 percent on average is mainly due to two short pieces of breathing space.

Favorites stage 7 Tour de France 2022 |  One-man show at La Super Planche des Belles Filles?

Good luck, gentlemen riders!

Start: 1.15 pm
Finish: around 5.29 pm

Weather stage 7 Tour de France 2022

We start at 1.15 pm from Tomblaine, where the weather will already be nice with 22 degrees at that time. The mercury rises to about 25 degrees in the following hours and the wind force 2 from the north-northeast is not a player on this day. Towards the foot of La Planche des Belles Filles the wind from the northeast will fortunately not be too strong, so that in principle we do not have to fear a strong headwind. In fact: in the last kilometers it is even a bit along on some points…

Favorites stage 7 Tour de France 2022

Well, will we get a one-man show on this first real col of the Tour de France? Tadej Pogacar was fast in the time trial, he handed out on the cobblestones and in the sixth stage he proved to be the most explosive. You can bet that the Slovenian is full of confidence and that UAE Team Emirates will want to control to take the win. Pogacar has already shown that he is not afraid of some initiative, he will not let a stage win on such a beautiful climb.

The competition will have to come from Jumbo-Visma, on paper that is. Primoz Roglici fell on day five, but just finished among the favorites on Wednesday. Whether he is one hundred percent, however, remains to be seen. Jonas Vingegaard seems more like the man to challenge Pogacar in that regard. The young Dane has not encountered much for the time being and is half a minute away from the yellow card.

Favorites stage 7 Tour de France 2022 |  One-man show at La Super Planche des Belles Filles?
Jonas Vingegaard

At BORA-hansgrohe and Groupama-FDJ, people will also look ahead with confidence. Aleksandr Vlasov lost five seconds of time on Wednesday, because he crashed in the final. However, the fact that it stayed at five seconds shows how incredibly strong he is. That is also the case for David Gauduwho makes French hearts beat faster and eager to show what he can do.

INEOS Grenadiers? They are in the top ten with four men, but never really showed themselves from the front. However, everything can be different uphill. Geraint Thomas looks strong, Adam Yates is doing fine and Daniel Felipe Martinez grows in the round. And then there’s Tom Pidcock, of whom we don’t actually know how good he is uphill. Yes, he was outstanding in the U23 class, so why not go up with the best?

On to Movistar, that with Enric Mas did excellent business in the first week, while the Spaniard’s work is yet to come. And what about Romain Bardet at Team DSM? The Frenchman who stated that he came to the Tour without any classification ambitions… After six days he is coolly ninth, one minute behind Pogacar. We are also very curious about Neilson Powless at EF. Can the American, second on four count, hold his own and go for a ranking?

Favorites stage 7 Tour de France 2022 |  One-man show at La Super Planche des Belles Filles?
Romain Bardet

If we look at a Teuns scenario, there are some men who have shown explosive legs. Maybe they can even go for the yellow, which Pogacar really doesn’t necessarily have to keep. Mattia Cattaneo is such a man who can surprise from the leading group on behalf of Quick Step, or else Jakob Fuglsang and Michael Woodsthe tandem of Israel-Premier Tech… Also Maximilian Schachmann drives around strongly on behalf of BORA, but does he get Vlasov’s space?

There are so many more in this category. Teuns it could even be done for Bahrain, especially now that Jack Haig has retired and Damiano Caruso is still not easy. At Trek-Segafredo, the entire squad is in attack mode. What can men like Bauke Mollema and Giulio Ciccone† Can Ben O’Connor nibble on some of the backlog on behalf of AG2R? And how good are Ruben Guerreiro (EF) and Thibaut Pinoto (Groupama), previously mentioned as contenders for the bulbs… Guerreiro came across all kinds of things in the first week…

Odds stage 7 Tour de France 2022

Tadej Pogacar – Bet365: 2.87 / Jacks: 2.75
Jonas Vingegaard – Bet365: 10.00 / Jacks: 9.00
Michael Woods – Bet365: 11.00 / Jacks: 11.00
Thibaut Pinoto – Bet365: 13.00 / Jacks: 15.00
Ben O’Connor – Bet365: 15.00 / Jacks: 13.00

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