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Date: Wednesday, July 5
Finish: La Planche des Belles Filles
Distance: 160.5km (100mi)
The first proper summit finish of the Tour comes early on in stage 5 with the stage winner expected to take the yellow jersey. An early showdown between general classification favourites should make for an exciting finale as the gradient reaches in excess of 20% in the last ramps to the finish. Expect to see the favourites try and win not only the physical battle for the win, but also the mental battle to see if they can dent some of their rivals’ chances early on. In recent years both overall Tour winners Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali have been victorious up the famous climb.
Christian Prudhomme, race director: “It only took two stage finishes there for La Planche des Belles Filles to add its name to the history of the Tour. The climb is rather short however it’s extremely demanding, especially on the final part. The gradients indeed reach 20%. It’ll be a first explanation between the favourites.”
Nairo Quintana, Movistar: “I don’t know La Planche des Belles Filles, but it should be a significant climb already on day five. We’ll see how our rivals fare and who is brave enough to show his cards so early in the race.”