Stage 7 of Tour de France 2022 will be the first mountain stage of the year with an amazing finish climb to La Planche des Belles Filles, a 7 km mountain with an inclination percentage above 8.5% and some areas with inclination above 20%.
Statistics and data of Tour de France Stage 7
Tour de France Stage 7 Average Distance
To calculate the average distance of the Stage 7 of the TdF there is some extra information to be provided.
- 8 times Stage 7 was an Individual Time Trial
- 4 times Stage 7 was a Team Time Trial
- 4 times Stage 7 was divided in two splits 7a and 7b
The average distance in kilometers of the Stage 7, has been 213.2 kms (132.6 miles)
If we do not consider Time Trials, as those stages are shorter, then stage 7 average distance increases to 228.5 km (142.1 miles)
The Stage number 7 of 2022 edition of “Le Tour” will be shorter than the historical average with 176 kms (109 miles).
Tour de France Stage 7 Evolution of kilometers
The year by year distance evolution of stage 7 of the Tour de France has been decreasing exactly as all the other stages. The reason is that in the early days of Tour de France, stages were incredibly longer than what we are used to nowadays.
- Longest 7th Stage: 480 km (300 miles). 1906 edition
- Shortest 7th Stage: 52 km (32 miles). 2006 edition
On the graph, the years with a splitted 7th stage both splits have been added together.
Tour de France Stage 7 types of stage
The seventh stage of the 2022 Tour de France will be the first mountain stage of 2022 from Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles. It will be the sixth time in Tour de France history with a mountain stage on stage 7. Mountain stages as the seventh stage have been scattered across the history of Tour de France. (1919, 1920, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2022).
A Flat stage, 63 times, is the most common type of stage on the seventh stage of the Tour de France. However, on the 7th stage it is starting to be more common to have other type of stages, like 27 times a Medium Mountain Stage.
TdF Stage 7 Locations
The podium of cities that have been hosting start lines of Tour de France Stage 7 are:
- Luchon – 8 times
- Nice – 6 times
- Aix-les-Bains – 5 times
Four cities have the privilege of having hosted the finish line of the seventh stage of Le Tour:
- Perpignan – 8 times
- Bordeaux – 8 times
- Grenoble – 6 times
- Angers – 6 times
Tour de France Stage 7 winners
There are 13 winners with more than one victory in the seventh stage of the Tour de France.
However, there is only one cyclist with more than two victories. Jean Alavoine (FRA) born in Roubaix (famous cycling city) had won 4 times the stage 7 of le Tour and 17 victories in total during his career as professional cyclist.
There are 12 cyclists with 2 victories in the stage 7 of Le Tour:
- Theo Middelkamp (NED)
- Roger Hassenforder (FRA)
- Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
- Nicolas Frantz (LUX)
- Mark Cavendish (GBR)
- Louis Trousselier (FRA)
- Jan Janssen (NED)
- Gino Bartali (ITA)
- Freddy Maertens (BEL)
- Fausto Coppi (ITA)
- Eddy Merckx (BEL)
- Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
Stage 7 Tour de France anecdotes and important days
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1905 – The first two editions of the Tour de France had only 6 stages, consequently the first Stage 7 of Tour de France happened on the 3rd edition of Le Tour in 1905.
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