Tour de France 2020 Route stage 20: Lure - La Planche des Belles Filles

Tour de France 2020Saturday 18 July - La Planche des Belles Filles is the tedious last uphill test on the Tour de France. The Vosges mountain is 5.9 kilometres long and slopes at 8.5%. The climb will be even harder than usual, as it serves at the finish climb of a 36 kilometres ITT.

Since La Planche des Belles Filles was first included in the Tour de France of 2012. Almost overnight it has become a feared and revered climb after its inclusions in the editions of 2014, 2017 and 2019. Last year, the climb was pepped up by an unpaved last kilometre, but that sectio will be skipped.

Still, La Planche des Belles Filles is a horror climb for most riders. The uphill drags on for 5.9 kilometres at 8.5% before the steepest stretch at 20% appears just before the line.

The race opens with approximately 15 kilometres on virtually valley roads. Then the route begins to incline – at shallow gradients, but given the finale this is an interesting section. Save energy or keep on pushing? The riders crest the Col de la Chevestraye at kilometre 25 before a descent of almost 3 kilometres runs onto the last climb of the 2020 Tour de France.

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