Roglic Climbs to Stage Victory in Tour de France
Primoz Roglic proved the strongest man in today's stage 17 of the Tour de France 2017. The former ski jumping champion soloed to victory in Serre-Chevalier after conquering a tough route, which took the riders across the legendary climbs of Col de la Croix-de-Fer and Col du Télégraphe before the real fireworks began on the final Hors Category climb of the day - the Col du Galibier.
Roglic finished the 183 kilometer stage from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier in 05:07:41. A group of general classification favorites were chasing behind and Cannondale-Drapac's Rigoberto Uran won their group sprint across the finish line ahead of Christopher Froome (Team Sky Pro Cycling) and Romain Bardet, whose AG2R-La Mondiale team is continuously impressing spectators with its dominant and animating style of riding.
Viewers observed aggressive attacks from Daniel Martin (Quickstep Team) and Bardet on the Col du Galibier, which caused shake-ups in the yellow jersey group, resulted in Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) being reeled in after a courageous breakaway attempt, and saw Simon Yates (Team Scott) drop from the group.
Froome remains overall leader of the 2017 Tour de France before tomorrow's final mountain stage of this year's race. Uran is in second place, 27 seconds behind the leader. Bardet is also 27 seconds behind.
Hövding - Airbag for cyclists
Tomorrow's stage 18 will challenge the Tour peloton to a fierce duel on the 179.5 kilometer route from Briançon to Izoard in the Hautes-Alpes region of France. The stage concludes on the Col d'Izoard, but does not feature any other Hors Categorie climbs. Look out for Contador to try his luck again after having failed as a general classification contender for his Trek-Segafredo team and for Froome to attempt to win his first stage in this year's Tour, before the important individual time trial on Saturday.
Green jersey wearer Marcel Kittel of Team QuickStep abandoned the Tour de France following a mild crash in today's stage. Team Sunweb's Michael Matthews, therefore, took over the lead in the points competition following a series of days of strong and offensive riding in the mountains to secure valuable points.
Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron attended today's Tour de France stage and his great interest in cycling and passion for French riders was very evident.
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