Haute-Saône ski resort
Three previous stages
Population: none on the site. 1,010 in Plancher-les-Mines.
Celebrities: Jean-Noël Jeanneney (politician and historian), Laurence Parisot (ex-president of the employers union), Edouard Belin (inventor of the fax), Jules Rimet (FIFA and World Cup founder), Edwige Feuillère (comedian), Patrick Bouchitey (comedian), Christian Descamps (singer in band Ange), François Devosges, Jean-Léon Gérome (painters), Thibault Pinot (cycling), Ghislain Lemaire (judo wrestler), Stephane Peterhansel (record winner on the Dakar rally), Nicolas Vuilloz (mountain bike world champion), Jérémy Mathieu (footballer), Julien Casoli (Paralympic athlete).
Specialities: cancoillotte cheese, Charcenne wine and cheese, Fougerolles AOC kirsch, Villeminfroy water, Grillotines of Fougerolles, myrtles in Belfahy, Montbozon biscuits, Luxeuil lace, Passavant-la-TarbesRochère glass and crystal.
Sport: 5 alpine skiing pistes, 50 km of Nordic skiing pistes (one circuit to Ballon d’Alsace),snow-shoe circuits, grass ski slope, luge piste summer and winter, pedestrian and equestrian paths. Cycling clubs in the department: Roue d’Or Noidans, BMX Club of Champey. Évents: Tour de Haute-Saône, Tour d’Alsace, Cyclosportive les 3 Ballons, Grand Huit Vosgien, Climbing for Life, Trans’Vosges Saônoises (mountain bike).
Economy: PSA (Vesoul, 4,000 employees), Parisot (furniture), Vetoquinol (world leader in veterinary products), Sweedspan (IKEA branch), Euroserum (milk powder for children), airbase 116 in Luxeuil-les-Bains
Festivals: International Festival of Asian cinemas (Feburary, Vesoul), Rioz carnival (February), Rolling Saône in Gray (May), Music and Memory festival on severalk sites (July, 26th edition), Pluralies of Luxeuil-les-Bains (July, pusic and street theatre)
Label: Land of cycling
Websites and social networks: www.haute-saone.fr / www.destination70.com / www.pdbf.fr / www.facebook.com/departementhautesaone / @hautesaone70 (Instagram) / www.youtube.com/hautesaone7070 / #TDFSuperPlanche
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The site owes its name to the 1636 legend of young women who decided to jump from the mountain into a lake rather than being assaulted and raped by Swedish attackers. Their leader, who had fallen for one of the young women, tried to save her from drowning but only brought back her dead body. He engraved her name on a plank to place on her grave, hence the name of the resort.
Unlike previous stages there, the 2019 finish will take place at the highest summit on the site, Super Planche-des-Belles-Filles, at 1,148 metres of altitude, at the end of a 24 pc section!
The sole ski resort in the Haute-Saone department and the last summit of the Vosges, La Planche des Belles-Filles made a smashing Tour de France debut when it revealed the climbing talent of Chris Froome. The English rider conquered his first Tour de France stage there in 2012 one year before his overall victory on the Champs-Elysees. That day, the man who was then Bradley Wiggins's main support, surged recklessly in the finale to drop Cadel Evans and win in style. The hold of Team Sky on the Tour had just begun. The stage was also a special one for Frenchman Thibaut Pinot as the race was going through Melisey, a town whose mayor is his father. The FDJ climber waited for the next day in Porrentruy to raise his arms in jubilation. Two years later, Vincenzo Nibali, already winner in Sheffield, went solo to snatch a yellow jersey he would keep all the way to Paris. In 2017, Fabio Aru clinched a prestigious stage victory while Chris Froome went back to his roots to take a yellow jersey he was to take to Paris for the 4th time. Every year, the Trois Ballons Grand Fondo goes up La Planche des Belles Filles, dubbed "the small Alpe d'Huez" by the entrants.
La Planche-des-Belles-Filles ski stadium
A real tourist attraction, the ski stadium in La Planche-des-Belles-Filles is growing exceptionally fast. The small family resort created in 1975 now welcomes hundreds of visitors every week. Equipped with five alpine pistes and 50 kms of Nordic skiing courses (including one circuit to the Ballon d'Alsace), the resort also provides snowshoe treks, a Roll'herbe (grass skiing) and a luge track, paths for riding and hiking and a large scale of summer and winter activities.
Notre-Dame du Haut de Ronchamp chapel
Imagined and conceived by Le Corbusier, the chapel of Ronchamp is a unique building, remarkable by its shapes, proportions and play of light, which make it the emblematic site of the region. Le Corbusier was chosen by the population to rebuild their church, destroyed during WWII. It was not an easy choice: an agnostic, the famous architect had already had been in conflict with the Church for a previous project at la Sainte Baume near Marseille. But the local clergy and the population held to their decision and the church was completed in 1955.
House of Negritude
In 1789, Champagney had only 2,000 inhabitants, most of them poor, illiterate and remote from Africa as can be. Still they voted for the abolition of slavery in a plea addressed to King Louis XVI. To celebrate the decision, a House of Negritude devoted to the history of abolitionism has been created in town.
Ballons des Vosges regional Nature Park
With the High Vosges at his heart, the Ballons des Vosges regional nature park spreads towards the valleys of Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comte. The plateau of Mille Etangs (1,000 ponds) in Haute-Saone is the second natural treasure of the park. In this vast territory crossed by the Tour de France between July 12 and 14, exceptional landscapes are many – the high crests of the Vosges and their meadows at high altitude, its ice-age circuses, the Lorraine and Franche-Comte valleys with their deep forests as well as the Alsatian villages and their wines.
To discover the human and cultural riches of the territory, the park welcomes the public on premises open all-year-round for free in Chateau-Lambert in Haute-Saone and Munster in Alsace.
Le Plateau des Mille Étangs
From Servance lies the Plateau des Mille Étangs (Plateau of the 1,000 ponds), a vast countryside shaped more than 12,000 years ago by glaciers which dug thousands of holes in which ponds and marshes nestled. In this jigsaw puzzle of a land grew landscapes of oaks, beech and fir trees, fern, heather and broom. Scattered to and fro, big rocks recall the heritage of the ice-age. Men later joined forces to reshape the land.
Gandeuillot of Fougerolles
Gandeuillot is a specialty of Fougerolles, in the Haute-Saône department, close to La Planche des Belles Filles. It is a big sausage made of a mixture of pork flesh and guts. The lot is stuffed into a pig’s stomach then cooked and smoked on wood fire. It is a rather rare delicatessen since only one gandeuillot can be produced from each pig. It can be eaten cold or warm, sliced for aperitif or barbecued with potatoes.