Froome encounters obstacle in Tour de France preparations

Chris Froome and his Sky team-mates were forced to dismount and navigate their way across a precarious path during a Tour de France reconnaissance ride as major roadworks have closed the Col de Joux Plane.

Froome has been training with Wout Poels, Mikel Landa and Mikel Nieve, who are expected to support the British rider in his bid for a third Tour de France title this July.

The Col de Joux Plane is being repaired after heavy rain in May caused a landslide to severely damage the road. The climb will feature on a roller-coaster day in the Tour, appearing after the category two Col des Aravis, Category two Col de la Colombiere and category one Col de la Ramaz in stage 20. After the riders tackle the 11.6-kilometre Joux Plane, with its average gradient of 8.5 per cent, there’s a fast 10-kilometre descent into Morzine for the stage finish.

The Tour de France last visited Morzine in 2010 when stage 8 finished above the town at the high-mountain ski resort of Avoriaz. In recent years, it also hosted stage finishes in 2006 and 2003.

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