Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

Stage 17Saint-Gaudens / Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet

Start 13h45 (Local time)

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Stage summary23.07.2014

Majka doubles up

The Tinkoff show goes on! Following Michael Rogers' day of glory in the first day in the Pyrenees, Rafal Majka claimed his second stage win at Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet. The Polish rider took advantage of his triumph to increase his lead over Joaquim Rodriguez in the King of the Mountains competition while the Frenchman of the day was Jean-Christophe Péraud. The veteran from AG2R-La Mondiale positioned himself as a potential top 3 finisher as he was the only rider able to follow race leader...

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Sporting stakes24.07.2014

The grand finale of the Pyrenees

The most visited climb of the Tour de France (78 times) is on the menu of stage 18: the col du Tourmalet. Spectacle is guaranteed where the Souvenir Jacques-Goddet will be awarded in the memory of the longest serving Tour de France director. After the mythical climb of the Pyrenees, there'll be 50km remaining to the uphill finish of Hautacam above Lourdes. This is the city of miracles where French riders Thibaut Pinot, Jean-Christophe Péraud and Romain Bardet are expected to race with their...

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Best young rider.

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Stage winner and King of the mountains.

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Sixth in the stage, 10th overall, Pierre Rolland is glad of his consistency in the grand Tours after his 4th place in the Giro.

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Dropped by his rivals in the climb to Pla d'Adet, Alejandro Valverde was able to close the gap thanks to his Movistar team-mates and retain his second place ahead of Frenchmen Thibaut Pinot and Jean-Christophe Peraud.

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AG2R team director Julien Jurdie told why he thinks Jean-Christophe Peraud is now a favourite to make in on the Tour podium in Paris.

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Jean-Christophe Peraud was strong enough to take Vincenzo Nibali's wheel on Pla d'Adet after an initial surge by team-mate Romain Bardet to climb to 4th place overall, only eight seconds behind Thibaut Pinot.

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The Flamme rouge - The last kilometre

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Off the bus quotes23.07.2014

Lavenu: "Bardet is not finished yet"

While the main media scrum at the start in St Gaudens was around the FDJ.fr and Thibaut Pinot, the hero of Bagneres-de-Luchon, Vincent Lavenu was talking of the consequences of Romain Bardet's bad day at the AG2R bus.

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Sporting stakes23.07.2014

The shortest one

The shortest stage follows the longest one. Only 125 kilometres are scheduled for stage 17 from Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Pla d'Adet. The course includes a detour in Spain to reach the col du Portillon – that's a steep one – before going up and down via Peyresourde, Val Louron and the final ascent to Saint-Lary-Pla d'Adet where the Tour will honor exiting race speaker Daniel Mangeas who will retire after having commented for forty years. His first stage finish commentary was up there...

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The impression of strength left by Thibaut Pinot yesterday on Port de Bales leads to the question whether the Frenchman  is the best climber in the Tour de France.

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How was the first time ?23.07.2014

Adrien Petit: "A hard suffering"

Adrien Petit was hit by hard luck for his Tour de France debut. The rider from Arras crashed on the cobbles of stage 5 and started from his hometown the next day with  bruises and pain but also a strong motivation to go as far as possible in the race of his dreams.

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Tricky to pick a highlight point in this short and relentless stage but kilometre 102.5 could be interesting for Col de Val Louron-Azet (1,580 metres) is the most unheralded of the four climbs on the day's menu.

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Two of the toughest weeks in the recent history of the Tour de France were merciless on several teams and especially on Team Lampre-Merida, forced to do without their leader Rui Costa in the third week.

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:20Top 5

1. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), 3.35.23

2. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), 0.29

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), 0.46

4. JC Péraud (AG2R)

5. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 0.49

17:18The winner is... Rafal Majka

Rafal Majka wins stage 17 at Pla d'Adet after having opened his record book at Risoul on stage 14.

17:16Majka looks good

Rafal Majka is in the last kilometer.

17:15Bardet the most aggressive rider

Bardet has been awarded the most aggressive rider price of the day.

17:13Majka goes with 2.5km to go

Majka goes solo with 2.5km to go. Rolland is 30 seconds behind.

17:113km to go

Majka and Visconti together with 3km to go. Nibali and Peraud at 1.30. Bardet, Pinot and Van Garderen at 1.38.

17:06Visconti and Majka together

Two riders in the lead with 4.2km to go.

17:05Nibali on the move

Nibali attacks with 5km to after having caught Bardet.

17:03Majka in pursuit of Visconti

Majka is alone in the pursuit of lone leader Visconti.

17:02Valverde in trouble

Peraud accelerates in the yellow jersey group. Valverde is in difficulty.

17:00Roche drags Majka

33 seconds behind lone leader Visconti, Roche drags his team-mate Majka. Rolland and Moinard follow the two Tinkoff riders. Bardet is still in between the breakway and the yellow jersey group led by Jeannesson in support of Pinot.

16:57Majka goes solo

Majka drops Rodriguez off with 7.5km to go. The polka dot jersey wearer is in the pursuit of Visconti.

16:53Visconti in the lead

Giovanni Visconti is gone with 9km to go.

16:51Yellow jersey group

Present with Nibali: Valverde, Gadret, Kangert, Ten Dam, Péraud, Gastauer, Pinot, Jeannesson and Van Garderen. From the top ten on GC, König is missing.

16:50Bardet has 35 seconds lead

Bardet is 35 seconds ahead of the yellow jersey group led by Jeannesson in support of Thibaut Pinot.

16:46Four leaders

Four leaders at the bottom of the final climb to Pla d'Adet: Rolland, Roche, Visconti and Moinard.

16:45Rolland attacks

Pierre Rolland attacks on the flat as the front group arrives at St-Lary with 11km to go.

16:42Bardet at 2 minutes, Nibali at 2.15

In the downhill, Bardet is 2 minutes behind the leading group, the Nibali group is at 2.15.

16:38Bardet attacks downhill

Bardet attacks. He's got five seconds lead in the downhill over the yellow jersey group.

16:37Rodriguez beats Majka at Val Louron

Result at col de Val Louron


1.    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 10 points


2.    Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), 8


3.    Jon Izaguirre (Movistar), 6

etc.

16:36Pinot accelerates in the downhill

The yellow jersey group is reduced to about ten men. Thibaut Pinot accelerates at the beginning of the downhill, 2.40 behind the leading group.

16:31Kiriyenka reeled in

Vassil Kiriyenka gets caught just before the col de Val Louron.

16:2425km to go

Kiriyenka has 1 minute lead 3km before the top of Val Louron. The yellow jersey group of about 30 riders is 4 minutes behind.

16:20Fuglsang off the back

The yellow jersey group is getting smaller and smaller. Nibali's team-mate Jakob Fuglsang is among the riders dropped

16:14One minute for Kiriyenka

5km before the col de Val Louron, Kiriyenka only has one minute lead over the chasing group led by Japanese rider Yukiya Arashiro who looks very impressive today.

16:12FDJ in action

Climbing to Val Louron, the FDJ.fr team takes the reins of the peloton. They're 5.15 behind lone leader Kiriyenka.

16:10Nibali received a sms from the Italian Prime Minister

Yesterday, Vincenzo Nibali received a sms from Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who invited him to come and visit at the Palazzo Chigi with the yellow jersey after the Tour de France. As reported in La Gazzetta dello Sport, he current race leader answered that he'd be happy to do so but underlined that he hasn't won the race yet.

16:09Kiriyenka is a specialist!

Vassil Kiriyenka is a specialist of long lasting winning breakaways when he's not racing Grand Tours as a domestique. Last year he won stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana at the uphill finish of Pena Cabarga after escaping in the Alto del Caracol (the snail's hill…) and riding the last 40 kilometres solo. He also claimed two stages at the Giro d'Italia (in 2008 with the first Tinkoff team and in 2011 with Movistar). When he won at Sestrières after escaping in the graveled road of the colle...

15:59Peyresourde: peloton at 5.30

The main peloton containing the yellow jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali passed at col de Peyresourde 5.30 behind Kiriyenka.

15:57Kiriyenka alone at col de Peyresourde

Result at col de Peyresourde


1.    Vassil Kiriyenka (Movistar), 10 points


2.    At 1.15: Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff), 8


3.    Jesus Herrada (Movistar), 6


4.    At 1.50: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 4


5.    Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), 2


6.    Jon Izaguirre (Movistar), 1

15:41Roche speeds up

With 5km to go, Roche speeds up. Herrada follows him. They are 2.10 behind Kiriyenka.

15:32Mollema is motivated!

Bauke Mollema accelerates 7km before the top.

15:3150km to go

In the ascent to the col de Peyresourde, Kiriyenka has 1.45 lead over his former 21 breakaway companions including Rodriguez and Majka, and 3.20 over the main peloton.

15:17Kiriyenka alone in the lead

With 56km to go, on the way to the col de Peyresourde, Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky) goes away solo from the front group.

15:14Time gap: 1.30

Back in Bagnères-de-Luchon, where Michael Rogers won stage 16 yesterday, the 22 leaders have an advantage of 1.30 over the main peloton.

15:1122 riders in the lead

Kiriyenka (Sky), Herrada, Izagirre and Visconti (Movistar), Majka (Tinkoff), Fuglsang (Astana), Kadri (AG2R), Dumoulin (Giant), Van den Broeck (Lotto), Moinard and Velits (BMC), Rolland, Arashiro and Gautier (Europcar), Schleck (Trek) and Taaramäe (Cofidis) rejoin Rodriguez, Roche, Durasek, De Marchi, Mollema and Lopez in the downhill of col du Portillon.

15:07Rodriguez first at col du Portillon

Result at col du Portillon


1.    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 10 points


2.    Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff), 8


3.    Kristijan Durasek (Lampre), 6


4.    Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 4


5.    Bauke Mollema (Belkin), 2


6.    Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis), 1

14:58Mollema and Lopez also in the lead

Bauke Mollema and David Lopez rejoin Rodriguez, Durasek, De Marchi and Roche. Peloton at 42 seconds.

14:56Four riders in the lead

3km before the top, four riders in the lead: Rodriguez, Durasek, De Marchi and Roche.

14:52Purito and Majka accelerate

Climbing to the col du Portillon, Rodriguez accelerates. Majka accompanies him. Durasek bridges the gap.

14:48Majka also at the front

More riders rejoin the head of the race, including polka dot jersey holder Rafal Majka.

14:47Purito rejoins the front group

Rodriguez quickly rejoins the breakaway.

14:46Purito in action

As soon as the climb begins, Rodriguez rides away from the peloton. Chérel and Schleck follow him.

14:4450.2km/h!!!

The eight breakaway riders have covered 50.2km in the first hour of racing.

14:41Katusha doesn't pull anymore

With 76km to go, Katusha has stopped pulling.

14:39Six Katusha riders at work

Six riders from Katusha set the pace of the peloton 33 seconds behind the escapees. Purito is very ambitious for the KOM competition today!

14:3545 seconds with 80km to go

As the riders are in Spain before reaching the col du Portillon, the eight breakaway riders are 45 seconds ahead of the peloton.

14:31Stomach bug for Spilak

Simon Spilak was forced to quit the Tour because of a stomach bug while Zak Dempster (NetApp) called for medical assistance after being bitten by a wasp.

14:29Top 15

Result of intermediate sprint at Saint-Béat, km 31


1. Blel Kadri (AG2R), 20 pts


2. Martin Elmiger (IAM), 17 pts


3. Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff), 15 pts


4. TJ Slagter (Garmin), 13 pts


5. Jens Voigt (Trek), 11pts


6. Cyril Gautier (Europcar), 10 pts


7. Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar), 9 pts


8. Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), 8 pts


9. Bryan Coquard (Europcar), 7 pts


10. Peter Sagan...

14:24Spilak pulls out

Simon Spilak (Katusha) abandons the Tour de France.

14:11100km to go

Katusha keeps pacing the peloton but the time gap to the eight leaders also keeps increasing. It's just above one minute with 100km to go.

14:07Time gap: one minute

Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Garmin), Yukiya Arashiro and Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Jens Voigt (Trek), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Martin Elmiger (IAM) have one minute lead after 21km of racing.

14:0015km, 55km/h

The breakaway riders have covered the first 15km at 55km/h! Peloton at 55 seconds, still led strongly by Team Katusha.

13:59Katusha stretches the peloton

Team Katusha wants to deliver Joaquim Rodriguez in a position to score points for the KOM competition, so they keep riding hard behind the eight escapees.

13:57Nibali: "It'll be very different from yesterday"

Before the start, Vincenzo Nibali told reporters: “It's a short stage today. Let's see how to read the race. It'll be a very different race from yesterday. With four climbs, I expect the race to be very hard but it's a very good uphill finish.”

13:5225 seconds at km 6

At km 6, the time gap is 25 seconds. Katusha rides hard at the head of the peloton.

13:50Eight riders in the lead

Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Garmin), Yukiya Arashiro and Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Jens Voigt (Trek), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Martin Elmiger (IAM) attacked at km 2.

13:48Two non starters

Besides Simon Gerrans, Reto Hollenstein (IAM) is also a non starter in St-Gaudens. He crashed yesterday in the first kilometre of racing but courageously finished despite a pneumothorax.

13:46Two non starters

Besides Simon Gerrans, Reto Hollenstein (IAM) is also a non starter in St-Gaudens. He crashed yesterday in the first kilometre of racing but courageously finished despite a pneumothorax.

13:44The race is on

Start proper given at 13.43 to 167 riders.

13:43AG2R-La Mondiale far away from the other

AG2R-La Mondiale is more and more in the lead of the teams' classification with an advantage of 26.21 over Belkin.

13:42Pinot newly in white

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) wears the white jersey for the first time. He took over from Romain Bardet at the end of the first Pyrenean stage and now precedes him by 1.34. Third placed Michal Kwiatkowski has regained some time as he broke away yesterday. He's now at 6.22.

13:41Majka with one point lead

Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) is in the polka dot jersey for the first time. He has one point more than Joaquim Rodriguez and three more than Vincenzo Nibali. 80 points are up for grab today!

13:40Sagan and the Pyrenees look green...

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) travels in the Pyrenees with the green jersey. He has 402 points. Runner up Bryan Coquard has 226 points.

13:39Nibali has different followers

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is in the yellow jersey for the 14th day. He equals his compatriot Gastone Nencini who the Tour in 1960. The overall classification has been reshuffled behind him yesterday. Alejandro Valverde remains in second place at 4.37 but Thibaut Pinot has taken over from Romain Bardet in third place. The FDJ rider is at 5.06.

13:37Climbs of the day

-    Km 57.5: col du Portillon (cat. 1), 8.3km at 7.1%


-    Km 82: col de Peyresourde (cat. 1), 13.2km at 7%


-    Km 102.5: col de Val Louron-Azet (cat. 1), 7.4km at 8.3%


-    Km 124.5: Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet (HC), 10.2km at 8.3%

13:35Gerrans is out

One non starter today is Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner Simon Gerrans. “Obviously it's disappointing not to complete the Tour de France and make it to Paris,” Gerrans said last night. “But with the injuries I have from stage one I think the best decision is actually to stop now and completely recover. I know I haven't been 100 per cent right since my crash but I was hoping to improve throughout the race. That hasn't really been the case so I have been putting on a brave face and doing...

13:35Jersey holders at the start

The distinctive jersey holders on the front line at the start in Saint-Gaudens are Vincenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Rafal Majka (polka dot) and Thibaut Pinot (white).

13:27Welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 17 from Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet (124.5km) on www.letour.fr. This is the shortest stage (time trial excluded) with four major climbs and an uphill finish.

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