Was the Planche des Belles Filles gravel finish a success? Riders have their say

The race included a steep extra 1km of gravel on the first summit finish of the Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The Tour de France included gravel in the La Planche des Belles Filles finish, which the riders say made a great show for the 2019 race.

Stage six's final kilometre included a section of steep gravel beyond the finish line used in the last three visits. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) won from an escape and Geraint Thomas (Ineos) attacked over the gravel to gain some time.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.