Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

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

Start 13h45 (Local time)

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Summary

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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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