Extreme weather threatens Tour de France stage 20


(FILES) This file photo taken on July 23, 2017 shows Great Britain's Christopher Froome (C) wearing the ...
(FILES) This file photo taken on July 23, 2017 shows Great Britain's Christopher Froome (C) wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey flashing the victory signs next to Spain's Mikel Landa during the 103 km twenty-first and last stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Montgeron and Paris Champs-Elysees. / AFP PHOTO / Jeff PACHOUD

In Summary

  • Hailstorms and a landslide meant the race jury cut Friday’s stage short due to safety concerns and they had already decided to reduce the 20th stage from 130km to 59km.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms threatened to force organisers to cancel the 20th stage of the Tour de France in ` on Saturday.

Hailstorms and a landslide meant the race jury cut Friday’s stage short due to safety concerns and they had already decided to reduce the 20th stage from 130km to 59km.

However, the extreme weather continued overnight and part of the publicity caravan did not drive up to the finish because of the conditions and will only drive a loop around Albertville, where the shortened stage is scheduled to start at 1230GMT.

Colombian Egan Bernal is the overall leader ahead of France’s Julian Alaphilippe and defending champion Geraint Thomas, who are second and third, respectively.

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