La Super Planche des Belles Filles Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

4.4 mi
1,981 ft
8.6 %


Page Contributor(s): Ard Oostra, Montreux, Switzerland


This is the climb that in 2020 catapulted Tadej Pogacar to fame. 

The hilltop finish here at the end of the penultimate stage of the 2020 Tour actually came in an individual time trial. Riders were actually allowed to switch from their TT bikes to their road bikes for the 6 km climb (see slideshow).  That 20th Stage proved to be the most exciting of the 2020 Tour, when the second-place Tadej Pogačar took the yellow jersey from his fellow countryman Primož Roglič with a scorching fast time trial - the fastest of the day by nearly 90 seconds. 

This year it will be in Stage 7 of the 2022 Tour de France
This climb averages 8.7%. The steepest quarter mile of this climb is 14.7% and steepest continuous mile is 10.1%. 1.8 miles of the climb is at or above 10% grade. The gradient on this climb is broken down as follows: 0.1 miles (2.7%) of descent; 0.6 miles (13%) at 0-5% grade; 1.9 miles (44.3%) at 5-10% grade; 1.5 miles (35.4%) at 10-15% grade; 0.2 miles (4.6%) at 15-20% grade;

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The roadway is kept in excellent condition for the Tour de France. 

Usually light in the summers, the road provides gives access to a ski resort.

Park in the nearby town of Plancher-les-Mines, or at the top of the hill's ski resort.
There's a restaurant at the top of the climb called Le resto de la Planche des Belles-Filles.

As usual in this region of France, there are great options to eat in the local town of Plancher-les-Mines:
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Far less known than the Alps or the Pyrenees, there is still world-class bike climbing in the French Vosges. A favorite place to stay is La Bresse, which gives central access to all the climbs and hikes you could want to do, and cafes and fresh pastries on every corner. 

The region is also rich in history and culture with medieval villages, hilltop fortresses, and great local wine.



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roadway stenciled with SUPER PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES

Cycling La Planche des Belles Filles

Ride 7 kilometers gaining 610 meters at 8.7% average grade.

This bike climb has become fairly famous by virtue of its six appearances in the Tour de France between 2012 and 2022.  In 2020 and 2022 the route added an unpaved final kilometer past the ski station, and this route is known as La Super Planche des Belles Filles. The climb is always a stage finish.  Chris Froome won the first stage featuring La Planche des Belles Filles in 2012 and Tadej Pogacar won the 2020 stage.

road signs along climb, Vosges Mountains, Eastern France

This amazing bike climb is in the Vosges Mountains in Eastern France.

buildings throughout the village of Les Roches

The climb begins a few kilometers north of Les Roches (2019 population 267).

idyllic French countryside views on the way to climb start

A very pleasant and short ride from Le Roches to climb start.

climb start, road signs

Climb begins by riding east on D16E at the La Planche sign.

Tour de France signs along the roadway

There are plenty signs of the TdF along the climb.

Tour de France signs along climb

The finish of TdF stages in 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2019 were at Planche des Belles Billes ski station.

In 2020 and 2022 the Tour de France Stages finished one kilometer above the ski station - this is known as La Super Planche des Belles Filles.

Tour de France signs, view back toward Blanche des Belles Filles ski resort

The final kilometer of La Super Planche des Belles Filles Averages 11.2%.

Bottom right photo is view back to the ski resort Planche des Belles Filles.

PJAMM Cyclist Ard Oostra stands with bike at climb finish

Climb finish.

Thank you Ard!


La Planche des Belles Filles is one of the newest significant and frequently appearing of climbs in the Tour de France.  On average, it has been included in the Tour every two years since its first appearance in 2012 when Chris Froome was first to the top. Since then stage winners have been Vincenzo Nibali (ITA; 2014), Fabio Aru (ITA; 2017), Dylan Teuns (BEL; 2019) and Tadej Pogacar (SLO; 2020).  

Chris Froome edged Cadel Evans over the last 100 meters of the climb to win TdF 2012 Stage 7


Pogacar rode the race of a lifetime and took the yellow jersey the final day of racing 2020.

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Despite no hard feelings between Pogacar and his best friend in the peloton, Primož Roglič,  Primož is determined to not let his friend steal the yellow jersey from him again, training hard at the discipline to win the Time Trial in the Olympics last year. This year’s Tour is sure to be an exciting slugfest between the two most talented riders in the world.

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