Preview: What you need to know about stage 16 of the 2022 Tour de France

The first day in the Pyrenees looks like it could suit a breakaway?

by Kit Nicholson

Date: Tuesday July 19
Start: Carcassonne
Finish: Foix
Distance: 179 km

Following the rest day, it’s straight into the Pyrenees for more mountain action. The climbing is backloaded today as the peloton makes its way to Foix. The first of the two first-category climbs is the Port de Lers – 11.4 km at 7% – followed by the Mur de Péguère – 9.3 km at 7.9% – the site of sabotage in the 2012 Tour.

Who will win stage 16?

A descent into the finish could offer downhill maniacs like Matej Mohorič the chance to pull off something spectacular. Let’s just hope for no finger-to-the-mouth shushing again this year.

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