Date: Saturday July 7
Finish: La Planche des Belles Filles
Type: Medium mountains
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After a week of rolling around the gutters of Belgium and northern France, the peloton meets a mountain.
OK, not a mountain, but two third-category climbs and a nasty hill-top finish on the first category climb that leads to – and we have to quote this – “the only ski resort in the Haute-Saône,” the quaintly named Bench of the Pretty girls. Yeah, it beats the hell out of us too.
The first two climbs of the day are unlikely to provoke much activity among the stars, but a six-kilometre climb with pitches at 13 per cent won’t offer any hiding place.