stage 17 143.5KM
|17:18||Wiggns and Froome increase lead on Nibali|
Froome has finished second in the stage and loyally kept with his team-mate all the way up the final climb. The top 10 in stage 17 is:
1. Aljeandro Valverde (ESP) MOV
2. Christopher Froome (GBR) SKY at 19"
3. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) SKY at 19"
4. Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ) at 22"
5. Pierre Rolland (FRA) EUC at 26"
6. Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) LTB at 26"
7. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) LIQ 37"
8. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC at 54"
9. Chris Horner (USA) RNT at 1'02"
10. Dan Martin (IRL) GRS at 1'11"
|17:15||Victory for Valverde!|
Alejandro Valverde has got what he was working for: a stage win in the Tour de France. It's the third time since 2005 that he's won a stage of this race. He beats Froome by 18".
|17:13||Froome... can he win the stage?|
Froome is looking behind more than he's looking ahead. He has to check that Wggins can match his pace and he seems to be begging the race leader to be allowed to go ahead...
|17:13||Valverde is inside the final kilometre|
Valverde is only 24" ahead of Wiggins and Froome and there is less than 1km to go.