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The Tour de France organiser will take the race up the Alpe d’Huez twice in one day to celebrate its 100th edition. However, according to Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), its inclusion of the never-before-used descent of the Col de Sarenne is careless.
“I was excited to see it, but I must say that I am negatively surprised,” he wrote on his facebook page. “The road is old, narrow and no guardrails. One error and you’ll go straight down 30 metres. To send us there is irresponsible.”
The German time trial world champion previewed it during the seventh leg of the Critérium du Dauphiné on Saturday. The Tour will race down it in the 18th leg, three days before the conclusion in Paris.
Take a virtual tour down the Col de Sarenne and let us know if you’d like to be travelling 80km/hr with 200 other blokes down there.