Mudslide destroys road set to be part of 2018 Tour de France
Jun 14 2018 09:05 pm CET

Mudslide destroys road set to be part of 2018 Tour de France
Mudslide destroys road set to be part of 2018 Tour de France
Tour de France

The bad French weather of the last days has caused a part of the route of the 2018 Tour de France to be destroyed because of a landslide.

The road D918, which leads to the Gourette ski resort in the department of Pyrenees-Atlantiques, has lost part of it due to a mudslide that occurred last Wednesday's night. There is a different access to the ski resort, but the damaged part is set to be part of the route of the 19th stage of the Grande Boucle, between Lourdes and Laruns.

"This is the only road that is damaged (of the 4500 kilometres of roads that are part of this department)," said the director of services of the departmental roads Olivier Blanchet to French newspaper Sud Ouest.

"Our objective is to find a technical solution, as fast as possible, to be implemented right away. Certainly for the Tour de France, but particularly for the daily users of this road, for whom the detour through Louvie-Juzon is a difficult way."

Below there is a tweet from the Pyrenees-Atlantiques' department with images of the damage caused by the mudslide.


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