Tour de France 2015: Landslide forces change to route

Col du Galibier
The Col du Galibier ascent was due to feature in the 20th stage from Modane to Alpe d'Huez

The route for the penultimate stage of this year's Tour de France has been changed because of a landslide.

The Col du Galibier climb has been removed from the Tour, which begins on July 4 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

The 20th stage will still begin in Modane and end with the famous climb of Alpe d'Huez, but will now divert over the Col de la Croix-de-Fer.

The leader at the end of the stage is likely to win the race, given the final stage is largely a ceremonial affair.

Tour organisers said the stage remained "generally unchanged" from a "sporting point of view".

British Team Sky rider Chris Froome is attempting to regain the title he first won in 2013.

Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, Spaniard Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana from Colombia are among the other main contenders.

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