After a short walk down from the Col de la Forclaz we started on of the biggest climbs of the tour to Col de Balme. Luckily the gradients were ok so though long it was quite enjoyable.
Finally at Col de Balme refuge we had a coffee. Worst coffee of the tour. Instant I think and the old woman that runs the joint was supper grumpy. Thank god we had readjusted our days to be a bit longer as we originally were planning to stay here.
From the Col it was a pleasant walk down ski fields to Le Tour.