Wednesday July 5th, 2017

Stage 5Vittel / La planche des belles filles

Start 13h20 (Local time)
  • Christian Prudhomme's comment

    It only took two stage finishes there for La Planche des Belles Filles to add its name to the history of the Tour. The climb is rather short however it's extremely demanding, especially on the final part. The gradients indeed reach 20%. It'll be a first explanation between the favourites.

The stage in videos

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On the road

Population: 373,560

Prefecture: Epinal

Sub-prefectures: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, Neufchâteau

Surface: 5,874 km²

Specialities: toffailles (potatoes with lard, onions and smoked meat), quiche with bacon, Munster cheese, andouille of Val d'Ajol, Vosges fir-tree honey, blueberry tart, Vosges salad, votes (potato cakes), fumé vosgien (smoked bacon and meat), calf's head in Rambervillers, Plombières ice cream, Vosges sweets.  

Sport clubs: SAS Football Epinal, GET Vosges (Golbey-Epinal-Thaon, basketball). Events: mountain bike World Cup final in La Bresse (June 2018), Gerardmer triathlon (August 2017), Xterra in Xonrupt-Massif des Vosges (July), Enduro of Hautes-Vosges (mountain bike, June), Trail de la Vallée des Lacs (June), Grand Est tennis Open 88 in Contrexéville (July).

Festivals: Gerardmer fantastic film festival (January), Gerardmer cinema encounters (April), Imaginales (Epinal, May), Camille Claudel sculpture festival (La Bresse, May), Festival of the Abbeys (2017-2018), Floreal Musical Festival in Epinal (mai), Rues and Co (Epinal, June).

Economy: 4th industrial department in France, 1st department in timber production, 1st  department for the manufacturing of chairs,  1st department for paper production, largest  mineral water bottling factory in Europe, 50 pc of France's cotton production,

International groups: Nestlé, Michelin, Honeywell, Norske Skog, Trane, Grupo Antolin, DS Smith, Inteva Products, Munksjo. Made in Vosges: Thiriet (ice cream), Clairfontaine (notebooks and paper), Vittel, Contrex, Hépar (mineral waters), FORê l'Effet Vosges® (brand created by the department). Thermal and mountain tourism (4 million visitors in 2015).

Webistes and social networks: www.vosges.fr / www.tourisme.vosges.fr / www.bike.vosges.fr / www.jevoislavieenvosges.fr / for-e.fr / fr-fr.facebook.com/jevoislavieenvosges 

Bike.Vosges, an innovative application for riders

The department recently launched www.bike.vosges.fr, a website and mobile application dedicated to cycling in the Vosges. The system makes it possible to spot nine cycling circuits and to be guided along the way. The application was implemented by the department, the French Cycling Federation and top-level cyclists. The circuits total 764 km, for 11,000 metres of vertical climbing and 38 timed sectors. Each circuit comprises selected sectors in terms of difficulty and provides a video of the circuit ridden by the riders having taken part in the project. The amateurs can make the best of the advices of Nacer and Rayane Bouhanni, Jean-Patrick and Damien Nazon, Steve Chainel, Gregoire Balland, Sebastien Serrière and Christophe Bétard. It is also possible to mountain bike across the Vosges on the heels of the best specialists with timed sections and videos of expert Remy Absalon.

Château de Thuillères © PatineurjulChâteau et son pigeonnier de Thuillières © Laberus

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Château of Thuillières 
On the site of a fortified castle, Germain Boffrand, architect of Duke of Lorraine Leopold, built this small harmonious castle in 1722. Its simplicity does not rule out the quality of details and its plan denotes a new way of life. It also houses a museum dedicated to actress turned nun Eve Lavalliere. The dovecote is especially remarkable.

Population: 238,347  

Prefecture: Vesoul

Sub-prefecture: Lure

Surface: 5,360 km²

Specialities: Cancoillotte and munster (cheese), wines of Charcenne and Champlitte, Biscuits of Montbozon, Luxeuil ham, glass and crystal manufacture of Passavant la Rochère, AOC Kirsch in Fougerolles.

Sport clubs: Tri Val in Gray (triathlon), Cercle Sportif Vésulien Haute-Saône (handball), Handball Club Lure Villers (Handball), Groupe Triathlon Vesoul Haute-Saône (triathlon), Franche-Comté Canicross (in Raddon), Club Haltérophile Luxovien (weightlifting), ASA Luronne (motor sports), Moto Club Haut-Saônois (motorcycling). Events : 3 Ballons Gran Fondo (June), Tour Alsace (July), French marathon canoeing championship in Gray (September), TransVosges Saônoises mountain bike (September), Grand national show-jumping in Lure (July)

Festivals: Music and memory Festival (July), Exhibition “Are we all peasants” at the Montagne de Château Lambert museum, Rolling Saône in Gray (May), Jacques Brel festival in Vesoul (September)

Economy: Haute-Saone is home to several industrial groups: Vétoquinol, Swedspan, Silac, Gestamp, Tryba, Velux, John Deere… Haute-Saone is renowned for food industry, textile, timber, metallurgy, luxury, automobile spare parts.

Websites and social networks: www.haute-saone.fr / www.facebook.com/departementhautesaone / tdf2017.haute-saone.fr / www.balade-haute-saone.fr

Haute-Saône is located at the foot of the Vosges massif, halfway between Alsace and Burgundy, close to Germany and Switzerland. The department and its preserved nature can be discovered by alternative and soft modes of transportation.

By bike on the forest trails and footpaths or on the banks of the Saone on the green way linking the Charles the Bold-Veloroute V50 circuit and the EuroVelo trail. Twenty-one marked cycling circuits are also available.

On horse, some 500 km of equestrian paths stretch from the south of the Vosges to Val de Saone.

On foot, the four GR paths (GR 5, 7, 59 et 533) and the Via Francigena are ideal for strollers, hikers but also pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela or following the paths of St Colomban.

On water, the 130 km of the lower Saone are an invitation to evasion. The St Albin tunnel and its 681 metres is especially surprising. 

Château de Thuillères © PatineurjulChâteau et son pigeonnier de Thuillières © Laberus

Pop: 130

Château of Thuillières 
On the site of a fortified castle, Germain Boffrand, architect of Duke of Lorraine Leopold, built this small harmonious castle in 1722. Its simplicity does not rule out the quality of details and its plan denotes a new way of life. It also houses a museum dedicated to actress turned nun Eve Lavalliere. The dovecote is especially remarkable.

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