The crowning glory of the Tour de France Femmes - La Super Planche des Belles Filles

Super Planche des Belles Filles
La Super Planche des Belles Filles in the Tour de France 2022 on stage 7. The summit will provide the finale of the Tour de France Femmes. (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The anticipation was high as the route of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift was announced back in October last year, with hopes that the course would provide a challenge that led to a worthy wearer of the yellow jersey on the long-awaited return of a women’s edition of the French Grand Tour. As the route from Paris to the Vosges mountains was revealed there was no question the feature that provided the crowning glory of the eight-stage race was the La Super Planche des Belles Filles.

It may not be a climb that resonates in Tour de France folklore quite as loudly as the Alpe d’Huez, Tourmalet or Ventoux but it has an exciting, if more recent, history nevertheless. Additionally, the terrain it presents to riders as they bring 1,029 kilometres of racing from Paris to the Vosges mountains to a close means Sunday should surely add another unforgettable chapter.

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