Summit (1,148m) in the Vosges massif in Haute-Saône (70)
Attached to the commune of Plancher-les-Mines
Population: 1,000 (Mainous and Mainouses), 236,000 in Haute-Saône
Legend attributes the name of this mountain resort to the collective suicide of dozens of young girls during the Thirty Years’ War (17th century) as they sought to escape from Swedish mercenaries. Since becoming part of the Tour’s history, this climb has often highlighted the overall winner in Paris. Wiggins in 2012 (stage win for Froome), Nibali in 2014, Froome in 2017 (stage win for Aru) and Pogacar in 2020 all moved into the yellow jersey here. The women will be able to provide this new summit (lengthened in 2019 by one kilometre averaging 10%) with a more uplifting reason for its title.