Tour de France organisers ASO have found themselves with a bit of a headache less than two weeks before the start of the race as the planned ascent of the Col du Galibier has been scrapped from the penultimate stage.
A landslide that occurred on April 10 has led to the Tunnel du Chambon, on the D1091 between the Galibier and Alpe d’Huez, closing for repairs.
As a result, ASO have had to alter the route of stage 20, which promised to be one of the highlights of the Tour – a 110km sprint over the Telegraphe and Galibier, finishing on Alpe d’Huez.
The stage will still depart from Modane, but will spend more time in the Maurienne valley before heading up the Col de la Croix de Fer, down towards Bourg-d’Oisans before the ascent of Alpe d’Huez.
In May, Tour route director Thierry Gouvenou was confident the situation would be resolved by July 25, but Jean-Piere Barbier of L’Isere council told L’Equipe that the ascent of the Galibier was in doubt.
With few ways to traverse the mountains in the Isere and Savoie regions the riders now face another ascent of the Col de la Croix de Fer, which already features on stage 19.
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