Valverde Climbs to Victory in Stage 17 of Tour de France
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has won Stage 17 of the Tour de France 2012.
his teammate to slow down as they approached the one-km banner. For a time, Valverde's capture seemed possible, but Froome's slowdown ensured the Movistar man's victory.
In the overall, Wiggins leads Froome by 2:05 and Nibali by 2:41. Stage 18 will not change this state of affairs. The rolling, 222.5-km run from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde will be flat enough to be decided by sprinters. Who will it be? Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)? Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)? Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!