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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 14, Stage 10: Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles 161.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 03, 2014, 18:31 BST,
Updated:
July 03, 2014, 9:01 BST

Stage preview

Chris Froome celebrates his win on stage 8

Stage details

Distance: 161.5km

Category: High mountains

Highest point: 1,202m

This is where the Tour de France will begin for the general classification. Some of the weaker riders will have been weeded out on stage 9, but this summit finish will be the biggest test they face so far.

It also happens to be Bastille Day, so we can count on there being a handful of French riders getting into the break. Expect to see the likes of Romain Bardet, who was the top placed Frenchman in 2013.

The last time a French rider won on Bastille Day was in 2005, when David Moncoutié escaped with 37 kilometres to go. How the French would love to see that again.

With four first category climbs on the menu, plus some lower category ascents thrown in for good measure, this will be a day for the strongest. The pièce de résistance of this stage will be the final two leg-busting climbs up the Col des Chevrères and La Planche des Belles Filles.

La Planche des Belles Filles first featured as a climb in 2012. It is only a short climb, at 5.9km, but it regularly hits gradients over 10 per cent. The hardest part comes at the top, when the road reaches 20 per cent. Chris Froome won here on that occasion, putting himself into the polka-dot jersey.

Jean-Christophe Péraud says... "This stage will have an impact on the overall and position on the final climb is everything. Don't be surprised if a breakaway is successful - all the French riders will be in it to win it on Bastille Day. I think whoever wins here will have an explosive kick."

Local history

Chris Froome might have been the winner when the race last climbed La Planche des Belles Filles, but it was his teammate Bradley Wiggins that rode himself into the yellow jersey. He wouldn’t give it up for the remainder of the race. It’s likely to be a different story this year. With only one time trial and some much tougher stages to come, keeping the jersey will be a hard task.

Map for the 2014 Tour de France stage 10

Profile for the 2014 Tour de France stage 10