tour de france 2022
Jonas Vingegaard proved that Tadej Pogačar is not invincible and made a huge upset in the Tour de France stage 11, turning the GC battle upside down. Vingegaard struck with 4 kilometres to go on the mighty Col du Granon climb (11.28 km, 9.20%), cracking Pogačar badly. Vingegaard broke the Col du Granon record by more than 5 minutes, which was previously owned by Urs Zimmermann and Greg LeMond, who set it in the 1986 Tour.
Tadej Pogačar again did a great climbing performance in the first mountain stage that finished on La Super Planche des Belles Filles, breaking Geraint Thomas' 2019 record by 19 seconds. However the Slovenian faced stiff competition from Jonas Vingegaard, who seems is capable of challenging the mighty Pogačar this year.
The mountains classification is always a great attraction of the Tour de France, especially when the fight for the general classification is not entertaining or exciting deep into the race. In this article, we will take a closer look at 2022 edition's scoring system, the tactics for winning it and who the favourites.
Le Tour de France features one of the hardest parcours in recent memory, with five mountain-top finishes and a special focus on longer ascents and high altitude. The most decisive climbs of the race, Col du Granon, Alpe d'Huez and Hautacam are all in the 35-40 minute range, a stark contrast to the 2021 edition, in which the race was decided on 25 minute climbs.