Planche des Belles Filles

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La Planche des Belles Filles
The western side of the mountain, seen from Ronchamp
The western side of the mountain, seen from Ronchamp
Location Plancher-les-Mines, Haute-Saône
Nearest city Belfort
Coordinates 47°46′20″N 6°46′40″E / 47.77222°N 6.77778°E / 47.77222; 6.77778 (La Planche des Belles Filles)
Top elevation 1,148 m (3,766 ft)
Web site Website

La Planche des Belles Filles (English: Board of the pretty girls) is a ski station in the Vosges Mountains, in France. It is located in the Haute-Saône département.

Legend[edit]

Statue commemorating legend

According to legend, the mountain took its name from the time of the Thirty Years' War. The young women from Plancher-les-Mines, fled into the mountains to escape Swedish mercenaries as they feared being raped and massacred. Rather than surrender, they decided to commit suicide and jumped into a lake far below. One of the soldiers then took a board on which, with his dagger, he engraved an epitaph for the "beautiful girls".[1][2] A wooden statue, created by a local artist, is a reminder of the legend.[3]

Cycle racing[edit]

From Plancher-les-Mines the climb to the finish at 1,035 m (3,396 ft) is 5.9 km (3.7 mi) long, gaining 503 m (1,650 ft) and averages 8.5% with a maximum of 14%,[4] but with a short stretch from 22% to 28% near the finish.[5]

Tour de France[edit]

It was the finish of Stage 7 in the 2012 Tour de France, 199 km (124 mi) from Tomblaine on 7 July.[4] The stage was won by Chris Froome with his Team Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins taking the race lead.[6]

Two years later it becomes the finish of Stage 10 in the 2014 Tour de France.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Légende de La Planche des Belles Filles". www.destination70.com. Retrieved 30 June 2012.  (French)
  2. ^ "La légende . . ." (in French). www.stationdelaplanche.fr. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sculpture de Jacques Pissenem". Légende de la Planche des Belles Filles (in French). www.bleuet-vert.com. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Stage 7: Tomblaine – La Planche des Belles Filles". Tour de France. Amaury Sport Organisation. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  5. ^ MacMichael, Simon (4 July 2012). "TDF Stage 7: Video Preview - La Planche des Belles Filles". road.cc. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tour de France: Bradley Wiggins takes yellow jersey". BBC Sport. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  7. ^ (French)"Le tracé tour de France 2014". 23 October 2013. 

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