A guide to the Tour de France
17th June 2016
Chris Froome's reconnaissance of the Col de Joux Plane on Wednesday was disrupted when part of the road was missing. Froome and teammates Mikel Nieve, Wout Poels, and Mikel Landa had to get off and carry their bikes past the works.
Work was already under way on the road up to the Col de Joux Plane when SpeedyHedgehog checked out the route in early May, but the road wasn't closed. CyclingNews says that heavy rains in (late?) May caused the damage now being repaired.
Froome's tweet says he hopes the road will be ready for the Tour de France. However, Stage 20 has been chosen for the Etape du Tour, so 15,000 amateur riders will be hoping that it's ready by 10th July 2016.
The Col de Joux Plane could be crucial, as it's the final climb on Stage 20. It's followed by a descent to Morzine; after that, the General Classification is unlikely to change, since only the final, processional stage to Paris remains.
Cyclist on the climb to the Col de Joux Plane
The 2016 Tour de France begins at Mont St Michel, in the Manche département of France. It tackles the Pyrenees before the Alps, and as always there's a final processional stage to Paris.
12th June 2016
Chris Froome defended his overall lead on the last stage, to win the Critérium du Dauphiné 2016, regarded as an important warm-up race for the Tour. The stage was won by Steve Cummings with a long solo break. Romain Bardet finished second overall, and Dan Martin claimed the third podium place at the expense of Richie Porte. Read about Froome wins Critérium du Dauphiné 2016...
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