UNVEILING OF THE ROUTES FOR 2023

The unveiling of the routes for the 2023 Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will take place on Thursday 27th October from 11.30 (UTC+2) at the Palais des Congrès convention centre in Paris.

Stage site for the 5th time Winter sports resort of Haute-Saône
Population:
1,010 for the commune of Plancher-les-Mines (Mainous)
Personalities of Haute-Saône: Jean-Noël Jeanneney (politician and historian), Laurence Parisot (former trade union president), Edouard Belin (inventor of the fax machine), Jules Rimet (founder of FIFA and the World Cup), Edwige Feuillère (actress), Patrick Bouchitey (actor), Christian Descamps (musician from rock band Ange), François Devosges, Jean-Léon Gérome (painters), Guillaume Meurice (columnist on France Inter), Thibault Pinot (cycling), Ghislain Lemaire (judoka), Stéphane Peterhansel (motorbike and car, record holder of victories in the Dakar rally), Nicolas Vuilloz (world champion mountain biker), Jérémy Mathieu (footballer), Julien Casoli (Paralympic athlete). 
Specialities: cancoillotte, wine and cheese from Charcenne, kirsch AOC from Fougerolles, water from Villeminfroy, Grillotines from Fougerolles, blueberries from Belfahy (wild blueberry festival in July), biscuit factory from Montbozon, lace from Luxeuil, crystal glass factory from Passavant-la-Tarbes Rochère
Sport: 5 alpine skiing runs, 50 kilometres of cross-country ski runs (including 1 circuit leading to the Ballon d'Alsace), snowshoeing circuits, a Roll'herbe track, a summer/winter tobogganing track and horse riding and walking routes. Cycling clubs in the department: Roue d'Or Noidans, BMX Club de Champey. Events : Tour de Haute-Saône, Tour d'Alsace, Les 3 Ballons Gran Fondo, Grand Huit Vosgien, Climbing for Life, Trans'Vosges Saônoises (mountain bike).
Economy: at departmental level, PSA (Vesoul, 4,000 employees), Parisot (furniture), Vetoquinol (world leader in pharmaceutical products and veterinary equipment), Sweedspan (IKEA subsidiary), Euroserum (milk powder for children), Luxeuil-les-Bains air base 116.  Festivals: International Asian Film Festival (February, in Vesoul), Rioz Carnival (February), Rolling Saône Festival in Gray (May), Music and Memory Festival on several sites (July, 26th edition), Les Pluralies de Luxeuil-les-Bains (July, music and street theatre)
Labels: Land of cycling / Land of the Games 2024 / Department in bloom
Websites, social networks: www.haute-saone.fr www.stationdelaplanche.frwww.destination70.fr / www.facebook.com/departementhautesaone/ / www.instagram.com/hautesaone70https://www.youtube.com/hautesaone7070

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LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES A STORY  

Down to earth!  

Located in the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park, the Planche des Belles Filles is the only snow stadium in Haute-Saône. With its real potential for attracting tourists, the site is managed by Woka Loisirs on behalf of the Haute-Saône department, thus ensuring its development. The site takes its name from a legend dating from 1636, that of the young women who preferred to throw themselves into the water from the top of the mountain rather than suffer the abuse of Swedish attackers. Their leader, who fell under the spell of one of the girls, rushed to save her but only brought up a lifeless body from the water. He then carved an epitaph on a plank as a tribute to the girls and named the site “La Planche des Belles Filles” (The beautiful girls board). As for the 2019 edition, the 2022 finish will be at the highest summit of the site, the Super Planche des Belles Filles, at an altitude of 1,148 metres, just after a 24% gradient!

Mountain landscape: Overlooking view from the Gazon du Faing on the Forlet Lake in the Vosges Mountains in summer, Vosges, France. © Getty

LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES AND CYCLING

In barely a decade, La Planche des Belles Filles has established itself as a classic of the Tour de France. The only ski resort in the Haute-Saône department largely owes this status to the finale of the 2020 edition, where Tadej Pogacar turned the tables and toppled Primoz Roglic in the final time trial to claim a resounding victory and a first Tour de France. A young winner for a young summit, the two were a pair.  The Planche des Belles Filles had made a sensational entry in the Tour de France by confirming the brilliant climbing talent of Chris Froome. The British rider won his first stage there in 2012, one year before being crowned on the Champs-Élysées. That day, Bradley Wiggins' luxury team-mate put in an unstoppable acceleration in the final to drop Cadel Evans and win the stage. At the same time, his leader took the Yellow Jersey, that he kept all the way to Paris. Team Sky's hold on the Grand Boucle was growing. This stage was special for Thibaut Pinot. His father is the mayor of Mélisey, a town that the peloton rode through before attacking the climb of La Planche. But the Française des Jeux climber waited until the next day to win in Switzerland, in Porrentruy. Two years later, it was Vincenzo Nibali who confirmed his festival in Sheffield to beak on his own and take the Yellow Jersey he never relinquished before reaching Paris. Finally, in 2017, it was Fabio Aru who went for a prestigious victory while Chris Froome, master of the place, took the Yellow Jersey that he would win for the fourth time. Finally, a longer and even steeper version of the final climb served as a springboard for Dylan Teuns to win his first stage in the Tour in 2019 while Giulio Ciccone took a short-lived Yellow Jersey. Every year in June, the Trois Ballons cyclo-sportive takes place here, and the protagonists have nicknamed La Planche des Belles Filles "the little Alpe d'Huez". 

Dylan Teuns lors de l'étape 6 Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles du Tour de France 2019 © A.S.O./Alex BROADWAY
Tadej Pogacar lors du CLM de l'étape 20 Lure - La Planche des Belles Filles du Tour de France 2020 © A.S.O./Pauline Ballet

SIGHTS  

Plateau des Mille Étangs

From Servance stretches the Mille Étangs plateau: a vast area, shaped by glaciers that disappeared 12,000 years ago, having carved out countless basins in which ponds and peat bogs have nestled. From this mosaic of land and water comes a landscape of oak, beech and fir forests, meadows, ferns, heather and broom. Here and there, large boulders bear witness to the legacy of the Ice Age. Man then joined forces with nature to shape the wild landscape. https://www.les1000etangs.com/  

Notre-Dame du Haut Chapel (13 km from Plancher-les-Mines)

Construction: 1953-1955
Style: Le Corbusier
Characteristics: Notre-Dame du Haut is the second most-visited site in Haute-Saône, in the commune of Ronchamp. Built by Le Corbusier, it is the symbol of contemporary sacred art. Situated on a hill, the chapel impresses with the plastic purity of its curvilinear forms. Entirely built in concrete with its curved forms, its chapel towers, its play of light and colour, it has an atmosphere that cannot leave indifferent.
History: erected on the site of an ancient Roman sanctuary and an old chapel first rebuilt in the inter-war period.
Listing: listed as a Historical Monument in 1967 and 2004. 20th century heritage in 1999. Unesco World Heritage in 2016. https://www.collinenotredameduhaut.com/   

The House of Negritude in Champagney (10km from Plancher-les-mines)

In 1789, Champagney had 2,000 inhabitants, most of them quite poor. It was thousands of miles from the African lands that on 19 March 1789, the Champagnerots decided to demand the abolition of slavery in the cahier de doléances addressed to King Louis XVI. However, the only knowledge they had of the black man was limited to the representation of a magician king on a painting in the church. The Maison de la Négritude is one of the five sites on the Route des Abolitions.  

Planche-des-Belles-Filles snow stadium

The snow stadium of La Planche-des-Belles-Filles has a real potential for attracting tourists and its future is developing exponentially. This small family resort, created in 1975, is now frequented by hundreds of users every week. Equipped with five downhill ski slopes, 50 kilometres of cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing circuits, a Roll'herbe trail, a summer/winter toboggan run and horseback riding and hiking trails, the resort's leisure menu is completed by a whole range of winter and summer activities.  

Luxeuil-les-Bains

The spa town, listed as a tourist resort, is one of the most beautiful towns in Haute-Saône thanks to its remarkable architectural heritage and its open-air history. The town's history has been strongly marked by the passage of Colomban, an eminent figure from the High Middle Ages. Every year it attracts many visitors who are seduced by its thermal baths and its healing waters, its casino, its lace, its festivals and its art of living. www.luxeuil.fr   

Glassblowers in Passavant-la-Rochère

Discover the thousand-year-old know-how of the glassblowers of La Rochère, the oldest art glassworks still in operation in France. The factory is open to visitors. Here you can watch the glassmakers pick, mesh, blow and shape the glass to transform the material into a fusion and create genuine works of art, inspired by the Art Nouveau of the Nancy school. http://www.larochere.com   

Fougerolles, the Land of Cherries

In the 18th century, a somewhat alchemical monk burned fermented cherry pulp and created the first cherry brandy: kirsch. A few centuries later, in 2010, Fougerolles Kirsch obtained the AOC label. In the orchards of the 11 communes of the appellation, 10,000 trees produce nearly 500 tons of cherries per year. In spring, the ephemeral spectacle of the cherry blossom season is the highlight of the year. http://ecomusee-fougerolles.fr/

Château de Ray-sur-Saône

Built in the 13th century on the foundations of a medieval fortress from the 10th century, the Château de Ray-sur-Saône overlooks the meandering Saône, in the heart of an English-style park decorated with trees from all over the world. Bequeathed to the department in 2015 by Countess Diane de Salverte, the last heir of the same family line, the Château de Ray-sur-Saône is currently undergoing a vast restoration programme. https://www.haute-saone.fr/index.php/visitez-la-haute-saone-2/prenez-le-temps-de-vivre-pleinement-en-haute-saone/chateau-de-ray/

Château de Ray-sur-Saône © DPT70
Kirsch or Kirschwasser - a strong alcoholic cherry drink in a glass and fresh cherry on an old dark wooden table © Getty/t sableaux
Glass Blower, Glass, Blown Glass Manufacturing Plant © Getty/Esperanza33
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TO EAT  

Gandeuillot de Fougerolles

Gandeuillot is a delicatessen speciality of the small town of Fougerolles and the Haute-Saône. It is a very large sausage made from a mixture of pork meat and tripe. The whole thing is stuffed into a pork belly, then cooked and smoked over a wood fire. It is a festive dish because it is quite rare, as only one gandeuillot can be produced per pig. Gandeuillot can be eaten hot or cold, as an aperitif cut into slices, or on the barbecue with potatoes.

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