Tour de France 2019 Route stage 6: Mulhouse - La Planche des Belle Filles
Thursday 11 July - The 6th stage of the Tour de France brings the first summit finish of this edition. The final haul up is the steep and partly unpaved La Planche des Belles Filles, while the 160.5 kilometres route serves a total of seven climbs.
Mulhouse hosts the departure of the Tour de France’s 6th stage. The last time that La Grande Boucle arrived in Mulhouse was in 2014. Tony Martin was on the attack during the whole day and in the last 50 kilometres he soloed to the win. The next stage started in Mulhouse to finish atop La Planche des Belles Filles.
Peaking at an elevation of 1,148 metres, the climb in the Vosges Mountains has established a reputation as a puncher’s finish in a short time. In 2012 La Planche des Belle Filles debuted in the Tour de France and now, after eight editions, it is already the fourth time that the climb is included. In 2017, Fabio Aru soloed to victory (16 seconds ahead of Daniel Martin and 20 seconds ahead of Chris Froome), in 2014 Vincenzo Nibali took the win in similar style (with Thibaut Pinot 15 seconds in arrears and Alejandro Valverde another 5 seconds further behind), while Chris Froome outclimbed Cadel Evans and Bradley Wiggins by 2 seconds in 2012.
In all three editions La Planche des Belles Filles was a climb of 5.9 kilometres with an average gradient of 8.5%. The 2019 race will feature an extra section of 1 kilometre and to pep things up this section is unpaved, except for the last 100 metres. Beginning with a leg-sapping ramp at 24%, the final kick up is too steep for gravel. The ‘new’ Planche des Belles Filles amounts to 7 kilometres at 8.7%.
The stage also includes Le Markstein (10.8 kilometres at 5.4%), Grand Ballon (1.3 kilometres at 9%), Col du Hundsruck (5.3 kilometres at 6.9%), Ballon d’Alsace (11 kilometer à 5,8%) and Col des Croix (3.3 kilometres at 6.1%), making it a testing day in the Vosges Mountains. Moreover, GC riders are tempted to open up the finale on the Chevrères, a punchy 3.5 kilometres climb at 9.5%, as the first three riders over the summit earn time bonuses of 8, 5 and 3 seconds.
The Chevrères is crested with 19 kilometres. The descent leads to a false flat of 4 kilometres, which runs to the foot of the final haul up.
Time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line. Plus, as mentioned, there are extra seconds available at the Chevrères.
Another interesting read: results/race report 6th stage 2019 Tour de France.
Tour de France 2019 stage 6: route, profiles, more
Click on the images to zoom
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles The Route - Tour de France 2019 Riders - Tour de France 2019 Withdrawals - Tour de France 2019 Route and stages - Tour de France 2019 Thinking Bike - The Most Memorable Tour de France Moments So Far Enter Tour de France pool with main prize of 3,000 euros GC Favourites - Tour de France 2019 Accidents & Misfortune Take Centre Stage Ahead of 2019 Tour de France Visit the Tour de FranceMore articles
Vuelta 2020: Soler solos to victory, Roglic still leader
Giro 2020: O'Connor climbs to victory, Almeida still leader
Giro 2020 Route stage 18: Pinzolo – Laghi di Cancano
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 18: Grueling journey over the Stelvio
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 3: Lodosa - Laguna Negra
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 3: Decisive steep last kilometre
Giro 2020 Route stage 19: Morbegno - Asti
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 19: Last chance for fast finishers
Giro 2020 Route stage 20: Alba – Sestriere
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 20: Four brutal mountains in 100 km
Giro 2020 Route stage 21: Cernusco di Naviglio – Milan
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 21: For pure ITT specialists
Giro 2020: The Route
Giro 2020: Riders
Giro 2020: Withdrawals
Vuelta 2020: Route
Vuelta 2020: Riders
Vuelta 2020: Withdrawals
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 2: Pamplona - Lekunberri
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 4: Garray - Ejea de los Caballeros
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 4: Bennett vs BORA
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 5: Huesca - Sabiñánigo
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 5: Attackers in Pyrenees' foothills
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 6: Biescas - Tourmalet
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 6: GC clash on the Tourmalet
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 7: Vitoria Gasteiz - Valdegovia
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 7: Breakaway day
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 8: Logroño - Moncalvillo
Vuelta 2020 Favourites stage 8: Mountain goats on irregular finish climb
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 9: Castrillo del Val - Aguilar de Campoo
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 10: Castro Urdiales – Suances
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 11: Villaviciosa – La Farrapona
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 12: Pola Laviana - Angliru
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 13: Muros - Mirador de Ézaro
Cycling Calendar 2020
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!