Thursday July 19th, 2012

Stage 17Bagnères-de-Luchon / Peyragudes

Start 13h00 GMT 2+

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video19.07.2012 in 23:00Summary of the race

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Summary of the race

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Stage summary19.07.2012 in 17:35Valverde's successful return

Movistar had won a stage of the 2011 Tour de France with Rui Costa triumphant in Super Besse but really the Spanish team was always thinking about the return of its true leader Alejandro Valverde who was busy serving a suspension last year. Now that he's back in the race, he's back on the podium. He wasn't the contender for GC honours that Movistar would have hoped for - as he's well down the rankings - but that meant he was able to put himself in an escape group and chase a victory in the...

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video19.07.2012 in 16:00Interview - Stage Winner

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Interview - Stage Winner

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Sporting stakes20.07.2012 in 11:00Many elements may be decided but glory is still on offer...

For days now, the focus has been on how the Pyrenees would influence the race for overall honours but stage 18 is different. Even the race leader Bradley Wiggins allowed his mind to wander in the closing kilometres of stage 17 because, finally, he dared let the thought that he was actually going to win the Tour de France enter his mind. Sky has effectively been on the front of the peloton most of the way for the 1,520km from La Planche des Belles Filles to the final summit finish of the 99th...

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interview19.07.2012 in 18:18Valverde: We had to fight some bad luck

Crashes in the first put many out of contention for a good result in the general classification but the Tour offers consolation rewards that can still conjure a lot of emotions. That was the case for the winner of the stage to Peyragudes...

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interview19.07.2012 in 18:12Wiggins: I allowed myself to think that I've won the Tour

The race leader had to manage the enthusiasm of a team-mate who believed it might have been possible to win the stage. But Brad Wiggins admitted after the 17th stage that he allowed his mind to wander and that he lost some concentration. He finished third in the stage, one place behind a phenomenal domestique, Chris Froome, who the rider in the yellow believes will one day win the Tour de France.

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interview19.07.2012 in 16:05Voeckler: A calculator in your head

He started the day with a lead of just four points in the climbing classification but now all Thomas Voeckler has to do to win the polka-dot jersey is make it all the way to Paris...

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video19.07.2012 in 11:45Analysis of the stage

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Analysis of the stage

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video19.07.2012 in 10:30The day's route

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The day's route

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