Tour de France.  Tomblaine - La Planche des Belles Filles (7th stage): the riders are gone, experience the atmosphere of the day's stage live

Tour de France. Tomblaine – La Planche des Belles Filles (7th stage): the riders are gone, experience the atmosphere of the day’s stage live


1:30 p.m.- Already a warm atmosphere at the Super Planche and on the Vosges peaks

It’s hard to believe that the runners will only be there in 3 hours! La Planche des Belles Filles is in turmoil. You had to do it well in advance to get the best places: some motorhomes arrived on Sunday. A little earlier in the day, the peloton will cross two passes in the Vosges (Grosse Pierre, and Col des Croix), also taken by storm.

1:20 p.m.- In Tomblaine, the peloton in pictures

Find our photos of the peloton, during its crossing of Tomblaine.

1:05 p.m.- That’s it, the runners have left Tomblaine!

The riders of the Tour de France have just started the Tomblaine – La Super Planche des Belles Filles stage. Let’s go for 176 kilometers during which the peloton will cross the Meurthe-et-Moselle, the Vosges and the Haute-Saône. Thibaut Pinot, the stage local at the finish, will be eagerly awaited throughout the course.

12:50 p.m.- ”Yes, the Tour will return to Tomblaine” for Mayor Hervé Féron

10 minutes from the start, the mayor assured him, the “Tour de France will return to Tomblaine. It’s a great opportunity and a story of friendship with the organizers.” Hervé Féron nevertheless added a nuance: ”It is possible that we build it differently.” Response in the coming years…

12:30 p.m.- In Lorraine, between the passage of the caravan and the wait for the runners, the public is delighted

On the roads of Lorraine and under a radiant sun, the spectators take advantage of this day like no other. Between the passage of the caravan and the wait to see the peloton and the yellow jersey, everyone is stamping with impatience.

12 p.m.- In Lunéville, we tested the floats of the Tour caravan for you

Effervescent spectators? Countless gifts? We have tested the Tour de France caravan for you! Relive the crossing of the town of Lunéville very close to the castle, from one of the advertising floats.

11:35 a.m.- “In Lorraine, we can do all the stage profiles”, appreciates the director Christian Prudhomme

Present in Tomblaine for the start of the 7th stage, the director of the Grande Boucle Christian Prudhomme gave us an interview. He appreciates Lorraine for the multiple playgrounds that the region can offer runners. From there to seeing the Tour again very soon in the Tomblaine sector? Listen to his response.

11:05 a.m.- The caravan is on its way!

Departure from Tomblaine just now for the Tour publicity caravan. This performs the same route as the runners. Arrival at the Super Board scheduled for 3:43 p.m…. around 1:45 a.m. before the first champions who will cross the line.

10:45 a.m.- In Tomblaine, the director of the Tour Christian Prudhomme participates in the inauguration of the exhibitions of the sports hall

Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France and Jean Rottner, president of the Grand Est region, inaugurated the exhibitions of the sports house in Tomblaine this Friday. The director of the big loop did not fail to salute the work of the Region to encourage citizens to practice cycling on a daily basis.

10.30 a.m.- Further on, on the road to the Tour…

The runners will therefore cross the Meurthe-et-Moselle, the Vosges, and the Haute-Saône a little later in the day. In the three departments, we are preparing for the event with enthusiasm.

10 a.m.- The village of Tomblaine has opened its doors

On the starting line, the atmosphere went up a notch with the opening of the gates of the start village.

🎥 Relive the opening of the departure village in Tomblaine

9:45 a.m.- “We are almost decompressing, everything is in place”, judges the mayor of Tomblaine Hervé Féron

Hervé Féron, mayor of Tomblaine, is calm before the start of the stage. Discover his first words on this great cycling day in Tomblaine.

9:30 a.m.- Hinault, Poulidor, Virenque… Pascal Poissonnier, unconditional Tour fan

Pascal Poissonnier, absolute fan of the Tour de France from Diarville, on the Vosges border, has been posted at Place Herbuvaux since 7:30 a.m. to be sure to be in the front row for the passage of the caravan, at 11 a.m., and that of the riders, at 1 p.m. . He talks about his passion for the Grande Boucle.

8.50 a.m.- The Nancy Marie Marvingt, first woman to complete a tour of France by bike

Take the start next to a Marie-Marvingt high school, named after the explorer, adventurer from Nancy, the first woman to complete a tour of France by bike. Quite a symbol!

8:20 a.m.- The first fans are already there

Pascal Poissonnier, absolute fan of the Tour de France, has been stationed at Place Herbuvaux since 7:30 a.m. to be sure of being in the front row for the passage of the caravan, at 11 a.m., and that of the riders, at 1 p.m. On him, a souvenir photo of Raymond Poulidor’s visit to Cora, in Houdemont, where he had signed a book for him.

Jérôme and Loris, 11 years old, from Montigny-lès-Metz have been on the starting line at Picot since 7:30 a.m.! This is the first time that Loris has attended the Tour. Emotion!

8:10 a.m.- In Tomblaine, the Tour de France frenzy is already taking over the city

Some streets close in Tomblaine, where everything is in place before the start of the stage scheduled shortly after 1 p.m. Municipal employees work early in the morning in a special Tour de France setting.

The National Police is already on the bridge… To distribute small flags in sachets in which there are blue seeds. Sport and memory!

8h.- Thibaut Pinot, darling of the stage

Along the road, there should be many supporters, chanting the name of Thibaut Pinot. Some even dream of a victory at the top of the Super Board. The Groupama FDJ rider, originally from Melisey, 26 kilometers from La Planche-des-Belles-Filles, arrives on his land. Answer around 5:30 p.m.

7:50 a.m.- What happened yesterday ?

The Tour de France peloton arrived yesterday in Lorraine via the Meuse, before finishing the stage in the north of Meurthe-et-Moselle, in Longwy, as in 2017. Leaving from Binche in Belgium, the riders experienced the longest stage of this Tour, with 219.9 km on the clock. It was the untouchable Slovenian Tadej Pogacar who settled the sprint of the leading group reduced to around twenty runners. He took the yellow jersey at the same time.

7:45 a.m.- How La Planche des Belles Filles became a must in the Tour

Small zoom on the finish line of this 7th stage, placed at the Super Planche des Belles Filles. This summit of the Vosges massif is a new must-see in the Tour de France: in ten years, it has welcomed six stage finishes, compared to none before! Since 2012, the date of its first appearance on the Tour, the yellow jerseys have indeed been confirmed there or, on the contrary, defeated. Classified in the 1st category, the Planche saw the victory of Christopher Froome in 2012, Vincenzo Nibali in 2014, Fabio Aru in 2017, Dylan Teuns in 2019 and Tadej Pogacar in 2020. Raised in 2019, the site went from 1035 m to 1140 m with a last wall at 24%!

Our journalist tested the climb of La Super Planche-des-Belles Filles

7:30 a.m.- Route, timetables, traffic… All you need to know about the 7th stage

Are you planning to go to the Tour route today? In this article, find all the practical information (schedules, traffic) to best prepare your visit. And if you are looking for the ideal “spot” to see the runners, this is the place to go. Finally, if you want to extend your visit to the La Planche des Belles Filles area after arrival, here are some ideas for outings and accommodation.

Why will the arrival at the Super Planche des Belles Filles already be crucial? Thibaut Pinot explains to us

7 a.m. – Hello and welcome everyone!

It’s go again. Two years after the legendary time trial of La Planche des Belles Filles, the site which has become a classic of the organization will once again welcome a finish of the Tour de France, this Friday. The stage will first give pride of place to Lorraine: Tomblaine starting village, Lunéville and Gérardmer (among others) on the program… A magnificent day in perspective. We invite you to experience the atmosphere and the highlights of this 7th stage Tomblaine – La Super Planche des Belles Filles, throughout the day.

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