Stage 10 Preview

MONDAY, JULY 14TH – STAGE 10 – 161.5km

Mulhouse / La Planche des Belles Filles 

Tour De France Says: 

Another famous stage, this time to La Planche des Belles Filles, where Chris Froome took his maiden stage win at the Tour in 2012. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, so we are going for a short but challenging stage again! Spectacular fireworks await, with a sequence of seven mountains over 130 kilometres, including the Col des ChevrŠres (with sections hitting up to 15%) and the final climb up La Planche des Belles Filles (with a 20% gradient on the last ramp), which will feature in the Tour for the second time. By the time we cross the finish line, I cannot say whether we will know the name of the winner in Paris, but we should have a list of those who are out of the running for good.

Mountain passes & hills Mulhouse / La Planche des Belles Filles 161.5KM

  • Km 30.5 – Col du Firstplan (722 m)
    8.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.4% – category 2
  • Km 54.5 – Petit Ballon (1 163 m)
    9.3 kilometre-long climb at 8.1% – category 1
  • Km 71.5 – Col du Platzerwasel (1 193 m)
    7.1 kilometre-long climb at 8.4% – category 1
  • Km 103.5 – Col d’Oderen (884 m)
    6.7 kilometre-long climb at 6.1% – category 2
  • Km 125.5 – Col des Croix
    3.2 kilometre-long climb at 6.2% – category 3
  • Km 143.5 – Col des ChevrŠres (914 m)
    3.5 kilometre-long climb at 9.5% – category 1
  • Km 161.5 – La Planche des Belles Filles (1 035 m)
    5.9 kilometre-long climb at 8.5% – category 1

Intermediate sprint Mulhouse / La Planche des Belles Filles 161.5KM

  • Km 39.5 – MUHLELE (GUNSBACH)

Last km Mulhouse / La Planche des Belles Filles 161.5KM

Start: Mulhouse

Out of the 13 stage finishes in Mulhouse, three winners of the Tour have triumphed there: Nicolas Frantz for a first visit in 1925, Bernard Hinault on a time-trial in 1981 and Laurent Fignon in 1992. The two-time winner was then witnessing his penultimate Tour and had taken off for a long solo effort on his way up the Grand Ballon. Fifty kilometres later, he was to conquer the last of his nine stages on the event.

Stage town for the 16th time

Sub-prefecture of Haut-Rhin (68)

Population : 113,000 inhabitants (Mulhousiens), 263,000 inhabitants in the 34 communes of Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration

Economy : Alsace’s second economic centre. Clusters of centres of excellence: Alsace BioValley, Alsace Energivie, Vehicle of the Future, BBC (energy efficient buildings), Rh‚natic, Fibres Grand Est, automobile industry (PSA Peugeot Citro‰n), aeronautic maintenance. EuroAirport, the only tri-national airport in the world (France ? Germany ? Switzerland). Two TGV (Eastern Europe and Rhine – Rh“ne). Third biggest inland port in France

Culture : City of the car and its Bugatti collection of the Schlumpf brothers, City of the train, Textile Printing Museum, EDF-Electropolis Museum, Wallpaper museum, Zoo and botanic park (Alsace’s third biggest tourist site)

Sport : High level swimming training (Mulhouse Olympic Swimming Club), Olympic ice rink, Sports palace, stadium, nine cycling clubs

Specialities : Beyer jams, Albisser biscuits, Valfl euri Alsatian pates

Sustainable Development : EuroVelo 6 cycle lane, 230 km cycling facilities

Labels : bike tourism, outstanding gardens, Mulhouse, la fibre d’entreprendre

Finish: La Planche des Belles Filles

Only skiing resort of the Haute-Sa“ne Department, La Planche des Belles Filles entered the history of the Tour in style among the finishing sites of the race in 2012. The final part can only suit the best climbers. That day, Chris Froome was to conquer his first stage success. After working hard for his leader Bradley Wiggins, he replied to a Cadel Evans’ attack in the last kilometres where the ascent was the hardest. Glory awaited team Sky at the top: stage for Froome, Yellow Jersey for Wiggins.

Stage town for the 2nd time

Mountain resort in Haute-Sa“ne (71) joined to the commune of Plancher-les-Mines

Population : 1,064 inhabitants (Mainous), 239 700 haut-sa“nois 

Maximum altitude : 1,148 m

Economy : winter and summer tourism (a chalet/restaurant, a hotel, 26 beds). Countryside and river tourism, thermal spa at Luxeuil-les-Bains. Wood industry

with wood construction. The car industry represents the second largest industry in the area with PSA Peugeot Citro‰n and its spare parts centre exporting around the world.

Culture : House of Black Identity and the Rights of Man in Champagney (10 km), Notre-Dame-du-Haut Chapel at Ronchamp (14 km), Departmental Museum of the mountains and the Nature and Culture area in Le Hautdu-Them-Chƒteau-Lambert (21 km), Wood festival in Raddon-et-Chapendu. Festivals: Jacques Brel, Music and memories, Asian Cinema, International Folk Festival

Sport : winter: 5 alpine ski slopes, 25 km of ski pistes (joined with the Ballon d’Alsace), snow shoeing: marked trails, snow tubbing. Summer: road cycling, mountain biking, Trottin’herbe (hiking, riding and walking), GR 59, GR 533, Route des Mille tangs, Ballons Comtois Reserve, Ballons des Vosges Nature Park