UPDATE: Stephen Kirchmair wins 2022 L’Etape du Tour. Story and full results HERE.
After a three year absence, L’Etape du Tour makes a comeback on Sunday 10 July 2022 with 15,000+ amateur cyclists following the route of stage 12 of the 2022 Tour de France, from Briancon in the French Alps to a summit finish atop of the legendary Alpe d’Huez.
With a length of 170 kilometres and over 4700 painful metres of vertical ascent, the sold-out 30th edition of the amateur one-day version of the Tour de France will push participants to their physical and mental limits – just like the pros.
This year’s route is considered one of the hardest ever for a L’Etape du Tour stage and follows the exact route of the 1986 Tour de France, where teammates and Tour de France champions Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond arrived together atop Alpe d’Huez.
In addition to Alpe d’Huez, riders will also ascend two other classic Tour de France climbs, Col du Galibier and Col de la Croix de Fer.
The weather forecast looks perfect for riding, with a high of 27C (81F) and a morning starting temperature of 10C (50F). Of course riders should be prepared and carry a vest/jacket for the typical Alpine thunderstorms and cooler temperatures on the climbs/descents.