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Dirt-road summit finish at 2019 Tour de France revealed

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The 24 per cent climb to the finish at La Planche des Belles Filles

The 24 per cent climb to the finish at La Planche des Belles Filles
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Fabio Aru takes the win atop La Planche des Belles Filles.

Fabio Aru takes the win atop La Planche des Belles Filles.
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The view from the finish of the 2019 La Planche des Belles Filles Tour de France finish

The view from the finish of the 2019 La Planche des Belles Filles Tour de France finish
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The freshly laid gravel surface

The freshly laid gravel surface
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The final kilometre through the trees is on gravel roads

The final kilometre through the trees is on gravel roads
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Sky's Chris Froome muscles his way to the top of La Planche des Belles Filles, the newest climb of the Tour de France

Sky's Chris Froome muscles his way to the top of La Planche des Belles Filles, the newest climb of the Tour de France
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Full details of the 2019 Tour de France route will be unveiled in Paris on Thursday but photographs have emerged on social media of the new steeper, dirt-road finish on La Planche des Belles Filles, with the final kick up to the finish line at 24 per cent.

The climb in the Vosges is expected to be the first mountain-top finish of the 2019 Tour de France, coming on stage 6 next July.

The Tour de France has finished atop La Planche des Belles Filles three times. Chris Froome was the first winner on the steep climb in 2012, while Vincenzo Nibali won in 2014, and fellow Italian Fabio Aru was the latest in 2017.

Race organisers ASO have indicated the Tour de France will include more gravel sections after riders were given a taster on the Plateau des Glières on stage 10 this year and the dirt-road Cole delle Finestre proved decisive in the Giro d’Italia. ASO added dirt sections to this year’s Paris-Tours, and Tour de France technical director Thierry Gouvenou, who rides a gravel bike during his holidays, has promised more innovative race routes.

Cyclingnews will have full coverage of the presentation of the 2019 Tour de France route on Thursday, with stage maps, profiles and exclusive interviews from Paris.