Planche des Belles Filles
|La Planche des Belles Filles|
|Top elevation||1,148 m (3,766 ft)|
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". A wooden statue, created by a local artist, is a reminder of the legend.
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%, but with a short stretch from 22% to 28% near the finish.
Tour de France
It was the finish of Stage 7 in the 2012 Tour de France, 199 km (124 mi) from Tomblaine on 7 July. The stage was won by Chris Froome with his Team Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins taking the race lead.
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