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This is the 7th stage of the Tour de France

The tour is serious: The seventh stage ends with the first real mountain finish – and that before the Alps. The climb up to the Planche des Belles Filles, the “plank of the beautiful girls” in the Vosges is not long, but the last two of the seven kilometers of incline are extremely steep: the last ramp offers up to 24 percent.

Primoz Roglic had to realize how demanding that can be at the last guest appearance of the tour at the Planche in 2020. At that time, the man in yellow sensationally lost the Tour of France in the mountain time trial on the penultimate day to his young compatriot Tadej Pogacar.

On the way to the foot of the final ascent there are manageable difficulties. After starting in the town of Tomblaine an der Meurthe, which is the stage location of the Tour for the third time, the field only reaches the first of two mountain classifications in the 3rd category at kilometer 107, the second at kilometer 136. After around 170 kilometers it then comes to an end show down

La Planche des Belles Filles: Beautiful name, scary story. According to legend, young women from the village of Plancher-les-Mines, fleeing from Swedish mercenaries, fell to their deaths on that mountain during the Thirty Years’ War.

The tour discovered the “Planke” late in life. In 2012, a stage ended here for the first time, and later four-time Tour winner Chris Froome, then a helper for Bradley Wiggins, triumphed. Ten years later, the Große Schleife is a guest for the sixth time.

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