Organizers for the Tour de France have been forced to eliminate the Col du Galibier from this year’s race, due to tunnel damage and a risk of a major landslide.
According to reports, the Chabron tunnel between Grenoble and Briancon has been closed due to internal damage. As a result, riders will now approach L’Alpe d’Huez via the Col de la Croix de Fer on stage 19. From there, the race will 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 change, 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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