The stage of the day: final high in La Planche des Belles Filles

A mountain test that will show the status of the favorites with the first end up: 7 km to 8.7% on average. There will be another six ports.


The Tour arrives for the fourth time at La Planche des Belles Filles, in Los Vosgos. In the previous three there were pedigree winners: Chris Froome (2012), Vincenzo Nibali (2014) and Fabio Aru (2017). And, despite the fact that the goal has always been placed in the first competition block of the race, the one who dressed amarillo at the summit also enjoyed the pledge on the Champs Elysees: Bradley Wiggins (2012), Nibali (2014) ) and Froome (2017) .

On this occasion seven scoring points will be raised, a real sierra profile: Le Markstein (10.8 km at 5.4%), Grand Ballon (1.3 km at 9%), Hundsruck (5.3 km at 6.9%), Ballon de Alsace (11 km at 5.8%), Croix (3.3 km at 6.1%), Chevrères (3.5 km at 9.5%) ) and La Planche (7 km to 8.7%, with 24% final ramps)

In 2012 and in 2017 (in 2014 Froome left earlier, injured) Sky wanted to roll, as he usually does in the first mountainous trials of the Tour Ineos, heir sponsor, does not think of anything different. Or that follows from the words of Egan Bernal: "We will try to print the rhythm that suits us best" . Geraint Thomas, defender of the title, points out to his companion: "This climb benefits pure climbers like Egan" .



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