In its 105-year history, the Tour de France has been a men-only, multi-stage bicycle race that has been hosted largely in France but has also occasionally travelled to neighbouring nations.
The Tour de France, like the other two Grand Tours (the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espaa), spans 23 days and consists of 21 stages.
Each lasting a day and beginning on the Bastille Day holiday. It is the first and most renowned of the Grand Tours.
Stage 11 of the Tour de France
The cyclists entered the high mountains on stage eleven, with the first of two straight summit finishes at the Col du Granon.
For the first time since 1986, the Tour made the ascent of the Col du Granon. After a completely flat opening 46 kilometres (29 miles), the racers reached the intermediate sprint in Aiguebelle.
The cyclists then faced the 8.2 percent average gradient of the 3.4 kilometre (2.1 mile) Lacets de Montvernier, a climb in the second category.
A brief level stretch brought us to the base of the 11.9-kilometer (7.4-mile), 7.1-percent-average Col du Télégraphe, the first-category climb.
The racers descended for a short distance before beginning the first hors categorie climb of the race, the Col du Galibier.
Jonas Hedegaard Wins Epic Stage 11 at Tour de France 2022 to Take Yellow Jersey Away From Tadej Pogacar
After a 151-kilometer stage 11 from Albertville to Col de Granon, the Danish rider won for the first time in a Grand Tour and claimed the overall lead from Tadej Pogacar, who came in eighth.
After winning stage 11 on Wednesday, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) assumed the overall lead at the Tour de France 2022. (13 July).
Tadej Pogacar, the two-time defending Tour de France champion and the overnight leader in the general classification, finished roughly three minutes behind the Danish rider, moving him down to third place.
Vingegaard attacked on the final climb of the day, and he was successful. With around five kilometres to go, the 25-year-old rode by Pogacar, sprinted up the hill, and overtook Warren Barguil for the race lead.
Founded in 1903 to boost circulation of the newspaper L’Auto, the race is now managed by the Amaury Sport Organisation.
Since its inaugural running in 1903, the event has taken place every year except during World Wars I and II.
The duration of the race and the scope of its coverage both increased as the Tour became more well-known and popular.
Once dominated by French cyclists, the race has since opened up to competitors from all around the world.