Dan Martin: Why there won't be Tour de France GC fireworks at Planche des Belles Filles this time

Will riders and teams remain cautious on the race's first mountain day?

Tour de France
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The Tour de France's last visit to Planche des Belles Filles has become a 'where were you?' moment, being the site of one of the most memorable days in the race's history when Tadej Pogačar incredibly superseded his compatriot Primož Roglič in yellow with just a processional stage in Paris to go.

A little under two years later, the Tour is revisiting the small ski station in the Vosges on stage seven of the 2022 edition, with the current general classification favourites separated by 76 seconds, with the exception of Roglič who dislocated his shoulder on Wednesday's cobbled stage.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.