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Galibier cut from Tour de France stage to L’Alpe d’Huez

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The profile of stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France

The profile of stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France (Image credit: ASO)
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Andy Schleck wins the Galibier stage of the 2011 Tour de France

Andy Schleck wins the Galibier stage of the 2011 Tour de France (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The profile of the col de la Croix-de-Fer

The profile of the col de la Croix-de-Fer (Image credit: ASO)
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The profile of the climb to L'Alpe d'Huez

The profile of the climb to L'Alpe d'Huez (Image credit: ASO)
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The summit of the Col du Galibier will feature prominently in the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

The summit of the Col du Galibier will feature prominently in the 2013 Giro d'Italia. (Image credit: RCS Sport)
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Fifteen years after Marco Pantani attacked on the Galibier (pictured) to set up his 1998 Tour de France victory, the Giro d'Italia pays tribute with a summit finish on the Galibier.

Fifteen years after Marco Pantani attacked on the Galibier (pictured) to set up his 1998 Tour de France victory, the Giro d'Italia pays tribute with a summit finish on the Galibier. (Image credit: AFP)
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The peloton tackle the Col du Galibier on stage 14

The peloton tackle the Col du Galibier on stage 14 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Alpe d'Huez was absolute mayhem with fans.

The Alpe d'Huez was absolute mayhem with fans. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The organisers of the Tour de France have confirmed that stage 20 of this year’s race to L’Alpe d’Huez will not climb the Col du Telegraphe and the Galibier as planned, due to tunnel damage and a risk of a major landslide.

The Chabron tunnel is the only way to L’Alpe d’Huez after the descent of the Galibier. Local residents have reportedly been moved around the tunnel by military barges but the Tour de France will have to find a different way to reach the foot of the final climb of this year’s race.

After talks and a new reconnaissance visit to the Alps, the organizers of the Tour de France opted for a route with the same stage distance of 110.5km. Instead of climbing the Galibier, the peloton will climb the Col de la Croix de Fer from a different side to that climbed the day before on stage 19. The riders will then descend into the Oisans Valley to Bourg-d'Oisans to join the original route and begin the climb to Alpe d'Huez.

As a result of this changes, the Henri Desgrange prize, which rewards the rider who leads the racing at the highest point of the Tour, will be awarded at the Col d'Allos (2,250 m), just prior to the finish of stage 17 at Pra-Loup.

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