Tour de France 2019

July 6-28, Brussels, France, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 17 of the Tour de France.

 

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  1. 12:15:23 CEST

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 17 to Gap.  

    The 200km stage heads towards the Alps for the big showdown. 

  2. 12:16:26 CEST

    The riders are in Pont du Gard just outside Nimes for the start.

    The sun is out and its a scorching 35C!

     

  3. 12:17:00 CEST

    The final riders are signing on and are about to line-up for the roll out.

     

  4. 12:22:03 CEST

    We're expecting a huge fight to get in the breakaway today. The racing will be fast and furious right from the start.  

     

  5. 12:23:23 CEST

    With three race-deciding mountain stages just beyond it, the only concern for Julian Alahpilippe and his GC rivals will be to reach Gap without suffering any mishaps and having expended as few resources as possible.

     

    Similarly, the sprinters are unlikely to instruct their teammates to chase down any escapees thanks to the presence of the third-category Col de la Sentinelle little more than a dozen kilometres from the finish.

     

  6. 12:23:44 CEST

    Topping out at just under 1,000 metres, it's not featured on a Tour stage into Gap since 2006, when French baroudeur Pierrick Fédrigo outwitted Italian galloper Salvatore Commesso.

     

    After playing cat and mouse with each other, the pair finished a few seconds ahead of a large chasing group mainly comprising GC riders, which highlights the difficulty of the Sentinelle as the final obstacle.

     

  7. 12:24:23 CEST

    Since Fédrigo's victory, all four stages into Gap have been won by riders who were members of the day's break. Sergio Paulinho won in 2010, Thor Hushovd a year later, Rui Costa in 2013 and Rubén Plaza rode in alone in 2015.

     

    If there is a ray of light for the sprinters, it comes from the fact that each of those stages came into Gap via the Col de Manse, a second-category ascent that is almost 300 metres higher than the Sentinelle.

     

  8. 12:26:22 CEST

    The organisers' choice of the Sentinelle may be a consequence of the Manse's tendency to produce an unexpected twist in the GC battle. In 2003, Joseba Beloki crashed out on the descent.

     

    In 2011, race leader Thomas Voeckler and contenders Andy and Frank Schleck all lost time to their rivals descending the Manse in the wet, while in 2015 Geraint Thomas crashed spectacularly when descending it after being accidently clipped by Warren Barguil. The Sentinelle should provide a testing, but more straightforward gateway to the high Alps, where the battle for the yellow jersey will be decided.

     

  9. 12:27:46 CEST

    As the CN blimp takes height over the Pont du Gard, the riders roll out. 

    They face an extra 7.7km of neutralised riding before the flag drops and the stage officially starts. 

     

  10. 12:29:06 CEST

    The riders are packed tight behind the red race director's car, ready to go on the attack. 

     

  11. 12:33:07 CEST

    The intermediate sprint comes after just 62km and that's why Peter Sagan is up front. Her might jump into the break to take the points and even chase the stage victory.

     

  12. 12:36:49 CEST

    This is the map of the stage. The route cuts across the southern Vaucluse and Drome regions before climbing gradually into the lower Alps.

    The stage passes behind Mont Ventoux but fortunately for the riders the race avoids the legendary climb. 

     

     

  13. 12:39:30 CEST

    1km until the flag drops! 

     

  14. 12:40:28 CEST

    The riders are in the vineyards of Gard, north of Avignon. The speed is about to explode when the flag drops.   

     

  15. 200km remaining from 200km

    12:42:13 CEST

    Here we go! They're off!

     

  16. 12:43:29 CEST

    The only non-starters today are LL Sanchez (Astana) and Cees Bol (Sunweb).

     

  17. 12:43:49 CEST

    As the road kicks up, guess who is on the move? 

     

  18. 12:44:27 CEST

    Yep, it's Thomas De Gendt (Lotto). He's lined out the peloton to test the legs of his rivals. 

     

  19. 12:45:26 CEST

    Boom! De Gendt's surge has split the peloton.

     

  20. 194km remaining from 200km

    12:48:27 CEST

    Six riders are a move, with others trying to go across. 

     

  21. 12:49:14 CEST

    A group of 20 or so riders form and begin to work through and off to distance the peloton.

     

    Race on! 

     

  22. 12:50:40 CEST

    There are perhaps 30+ riders in the move. They lead by 25 seconds but the elastic has still to snap.  

     

  23. 12:53:16 CEST

    In there are Greg van Avermaet, Bauke Mollema, Nico Roche, Jasper Stuyven, Matteo Trentin, Rui Costa, Thomas De Gendt, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Daniel Oss. 

     

  24. 12:55:23 CEST

    However the Total and Arkea teams have missed the attack and so have been ordered to chase by  their DS. 

     

    The gap is only 30 seconds.

     

  25. 182km remaining from 200km

    13:00:12 CEST

    The chase is still on but the 34 attackers are stronger than the chase. 

     

    Behind, the teams of the attackers are sat behind the Arkea and Total riders leading the chase. It be hard for them to close down the attack.

     

    They should have been in it, not chasing it.

     

  26. 13:02:44 CEST

    The stage switches to narrow roads now. This could be a key moment. 

     

  27. 176km remaining from 200km

    13:07:10 CEST

    It's 100F or 37C out there today. To help the riders, the race judges have allowed feeding from KM0 instead of from 20km. The 'bar' will be open until 8km from the finish, at the top of the last climb, the Col de la Sentinelle.   

     

    The time limit will be based not off the time of the first rider at the finish but the time of the first bunch should their be a difference. 

     

    That will help riders if the break away goes clear by a big margin. 

     

  28. 13:10:17 CEST

    The team who missed the break are running out of riders to do the work. 

     

    Two from Total and Arkea are trying to go across but the peloton is chasing down.  

     

  29. 13:10:53 CEST

    The desperate duo are Anthony Turgis (Total) and Elie Gesbert (Arkéa) 

     

  30. 13:12:01 CEST

    This is the full list of the 34 attacker. It's a fascinating list of strong riders. 

     

    Daniel Oss and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Omar Fraile, Gorka Izagirre and Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana), Simon Clarke and Tom Scully (EF Education First), Chris Juul-Jensen and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), Greg van Avermaet and Michael Schär (CCC), Sven Erik Bystrom, Rui Costa, Sergio Henao and Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates), Bauke Mollema, Thomas Skujins and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Nicolas Roche (Sunweb), Natnael Berhane, Jesús Herrada, Anthony Pérez and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis), Thomas de Gendt and Jens Keukeleire (Lotto-Soudal), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Xandro Meurisse and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Edvald Boasson Hagen and Ben King (Dimension Data

     

  31. 13:13:11 CEST

    According to Letourdata, Thomas De Gendt and the front group averaged 55.1km/h in the first 20km so they could open a 1:00 gap.


    The Belgian baroudeur hit a top speed of 74.3km/h on a fast descent.

     

  32. 167km remaining from 200km

    13:18:24 CEST

    The 34 riders in the break are still working hard to carve out their lead. It's up to 1:45 but Total are still trying to chase.

     

  33. 160km remaining from 200km

    13:25:07 CEST

    The elastic is stretching more and more. The Total riders will surely soon crack, allowing the peloton to ease up. 

     

    The gap is now 2:00. 

     

  34. 156km remaining from 200km

    13:30:28 CEST

    Ouch! The Total riders aren't giving up the chase. They must have ben given a real blasting from their DS in the car.   

     

  35. 13:31:18 CEST

    Five teams are not represented in the breakaway: Jumbo-Visma, Total, Groupama-FDJ, Ineos and Arkea but only Total and Arkea are chasing.

     

  36. 154km remaining from 200km

    13:33:53 CEST

    Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) is the highest ranked of the 33 escapees in the GC. He's 19th at 28:25 and so not a threat to Alaphilippe. 

     

  37. 13:37:43 CEST

    It's hot in the break and the peloton. The riders are on the exposed roads between Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine but there is no time for them to enjoy the stunning views.

     

  38. 148km remaining from 200km

    13:41:33 CEST

    The break pushes out its lead to 3:00 but are still not given their freedom. 

     

    This fast start to the stage will hurt a lot of riders in the break and in the peloton.

     

  39. 146km remaining from 200km

    13:46:22 CEST

    Finally! The elastic has snapped and the peloton has eased up. 

     

    After racing at over 50km/h for the first hour, 60 riders, including Alaphilippe have stopped for a natural break and to take on bidons.  

     

    The gap is up to 4:30. 

     

  40. 13:47:58 CEST

    Lots if riders also have ice-packs on their necks to try to stay cool. 

     

  41. 13:50:44 CEST

    Thibaut Pinot and Geraint Thomas also stopped for a break and ride through the team cars. 

     

  42. 136km remaining from 200km

    13:55:58 CEST

    The peloton reaches the intermediate sprint after 62km and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) wins the dash to the line.

     

  43. 134km remaining from 200km

    13:59:44 CEST

    The peloton has eased up and the gap to the break is already 6:15.

    The 33 riders in the break will surely fight for the stage victory now. 

     

  44. 14:01:35 CEST

    The peloton reaches the sprint point 6:30 behind the break. 

     

    Deceuninck-QuickStep is leading the peloton.

     

  45. 129km remaining from 200km

    14:08:08 CEST

    The pace has dropped now as riders suffer in the mid-day heat. 

    The peloton is at 7:25. The final gap to the peloton could be huge today.

     

  46. 126km remaining from 200km

    14:10:43 CEST

    We can see the summit of the Ventoux in the distance. It is no doubt cooler at the summit but it would be a hard ride to the summit. 

     

  47. 14:17:16 CEST

    It's been a hectic start but with the race settles, it's a great chance to catch up with the great news on Cyclingnews.

     

  48. 14:19:30 CEST

    Team Ineos may not be the dominant force of recent years but they remain in the thick of the action as this year’s Tour de France heads towards a conclusion in the Alps over the coming days.

     

    The British squad has defending champion Geraint Thomas sitting in second place overall, 1:35 down on race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), with Egan Bernal hovering in fifth at 2:02.

     

     

     

  49. 14:20:58 CEST

    Team manager Dave Brailsford believes that two races are going in in this year’s Tour: the first of which revolves around dismantling Alaphilippe’s GC lead, while the second centres on what he sees as the battle for victory from behind between the more experienced contenders.

     

    Click here to read the full story and read what Brailsford said.

    Dave Brailsford and Geraint Thomas at Team Ineos' press conference on the second rest day of the Tour de France.

     

  50. 14:23:09 CEST

    This is a shot of the breakaway, with one of the favourites for the day - Greg van Avermaet - on the front. 

     

     

  51. 114km remaining from 200km

    14:27:15 CEST

    These are the 33 riders in the break today. Several teams have several riders and so can ply different strategies in the final.

     

    Daniel Oss and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Omar Fraile, Gorka Izagirre and Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana), Simon Clarke and Tom Scully (EF Education First), Chris Juul-Jensen and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), Greg van Avermaet and Michael Schär (CCC), Sven Erik Bystrom, Rui Costa, Sergio Henao and Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates), Bauke Mollema, Thomas Skujins and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Nicolas Roche (Sunweb), Natnael Berhane, Jesús Herrada, Anthony Pérez and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis), Thomas de Gendt and Jens Keukeleire (Lotto-Soudal), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Xandro Meurisse and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Edvald Boasson Hagen and Ben King (Dimension Data). 

     

     

  52. 14:30:54 CEST

    We've upped our tech coverage in recent weeks and Josh Evans and Josh Croxton were on the ground checking out the shoes, sunglasses, helmets and aero socks in the Tour de France peloton.

     

    Click here to see the 50-photo gallery. 

     

    Alberto Bettiol and Vincenzo Nibali are both wearing stunning blue-purple Sidi shoes

     

     

     

     

  53. 110km remaining from 200km

    14:32:40 CEST

    The riders are close to the only feed zone of the 200km stage. The 33 riders in the break will be happy to get cold bidons, ice packs and food in their musette. 

     

  54. 14:34:23 CEST

    Deceuninck continue to lead the peloton. Today the sprint lead out riders Max Richeze and Michael Morkov have to do the heavy lifting and hard miles on the front. 

     

  55. 14:40:16 CEST

    The Tour de France dominates the news but there are other minor races going on.  

    The Adriatica Ionica Race starts in Italy on Wednesday evening, with Mark Cavendish returning to competition at the after having been left off Dimension Data's squad for the Tour de France.

     

    The race starts with an evening circuit race around Mestre near Venice.  

    Click here for more info on Cavendish's return to racing.

     

    Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

     

  56. 105km remaining from 200km

    14:42:55 CEST

    Riders in the peloton grab their musette. Most are heavy with extra bidons due to the heat. 

    On average, teams gave out 130 bidons during Tuesday's stage. Today it is likely to be just as many.

     

  57. 103km remaining from 200km

    14:45:08 CEST

    Fortunately the stage heads into the hills for the second half. The riders are near the top of the Cote de la Rochette du Bois. It's at 756m, and so it should be a little cooler.

     

  58. 98km remaining from 200km

    14:53:55 CEST

    The break approaches the base of the category 4 Cote de la Rochette-du-Buis (2.3km at 6.2%) with a lead of 10:20 over the peloton.

  59. 95km remaining from 200km

    14:59:36 CEST

    • Climb

    Thomas De Gendt climbs from the saddle and claims the mountain point on offer atop the climb. 10:32 the gap to the bunch, where Deceuninck-QuickStep set a steady rhythm.

     

  60. 15:04:12 CEST

    The road descends gradually over the next 40 kilometres or so. There is no particular urgency in the peloton, which has now slipped to 11:06 behind the large breakaway.

     

  61. 91km remaining from 200km

    15:09:06 CEST

    The pace is still relaxed in the main peloton, where yellow jersey Alaphilippe shares a joke with a television cameraman. It remains to be been if there will be any skirmishes among the GC men on the final climb of the Col de la Sentinelle given the difficulty of the three days that follow in the Alps.

     

  62. 87km remaining from 200km

    15:13:20 CEST

    Max Richeze and Michael Morkov came to this Tour to serve as Elia Viviani's lead-out man in the bunch sprints, but they have since added the defence of Alaphilippe's yellow jersey to their duties. The pair set the tempo at the head of the bunch, which is now 12:00 down on the escapees.

     

  63. 83km remaining from 200km

    15:16:52 CEST

    Dark clouds had been looming for some time, and now leaden drops of rain are falling over the breakaway.

     

  64. 15:20:50 CEST

    The rain is falling rather more heavily over the break. The peloton, meanwhile, has yet to reach these wet roads. 12:45 the gap.

     

  65. 78km remaining from 200km

    15:23:27 CEST

    A reminder of the names in this breakaway, which is 12:56 up on the peloton:

     

    Daniel Oss and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Omar Fraile, Gorka Izagirre and Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana), Simon Clarke and Tom Scully (EF Education First), Chris Juul-Jensen and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), Greg van Avermaet and Michael Schär (CCC), Sven Erik Bystrom, Rui Costa, Sergio Henao and Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates), Bauke Mollema, Thomas Skujins and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Nicolas Roche (Sunweb), Natnael Berhane, Jesús Herrada, Anthony Pérez and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis), Thomas de Gendt and Jens Keukeleire (Lotto-Soudal), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Xandro Meurisse and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Edvald Boasson Hagen and Ben King (Dimension Data).

     

  66. 15:28:58 CEST

    The escapees are back on dry roads for the time being, but dark clouds remain overhead. Given the soaring temperatures these past two days, few will be unhappy at the thought of a definitive break in the weather. 

     

  67. 68km remaining from 200km

    15:35:24 CEST

    The break and now the peloton hav now emerged from the rain storm and the roads are dry. 

    Th gap is up to 13:25. 

  68. 15:43:02 CEST

    The rain storm means the clouds are blocking the sun for now s the riders go through the Gorges de la Meouge.  

     

  69. 59km remaining from 200km

    15:45:30 CEST

    The high speed in the opening two hours means the riders are well ahead of schedule today. They are set to race at over an average of 44km/h today. 

     

  70. 54km remaining from 200km

    15:50:57 CEST

    The peloton is at 14:00 with 54km to race. They could finish 20 minutes back at this rate. 

     

  71. 15:52:15 CEST

    Up front in the break, the 33 rider are waiting for the final climb. They know it will shake out the break and reveal who has a chance of final victory. 

     

  72. 15:54:42 CEST

    As ever, Julian Alaphilippe was asked about his form, his plans and his hopes.  

     

     

    Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at the start of the stage 17 at the Tour de France

     

  73. 46km remaining from 200km

    16:02:04 CEST

    Riders are still taking bidons of water to spray on their legs and necks to try to stay cool.  

     

  74. 16:08:27 CEST

    Tom Scully is in the break of the day for EF long with Simon Clarke.

    Scully is likely to work for his older teammate.

     

     

  75. 16:10:10 CEST

    Trek have three riders in the 33-rider attack: Jasper Stuyvens, Toms Skujiņš and Bauke Mollema.

     

     

  76. 16:13:12 CEST

    "The best outcome would be to have several teammates with you, then be the strongest on the climb, drop everyone, go full gas on the downhill and win alone," Skujiņš suggested to Eurosport.

     

  77. 16:15:30 CEST

    "During the day you need to see who is the strongest. You have to hope you’re good enough to drop them or follow them and then beat them in the sprint," he added. 

     

    "I’ll have to see hope it’s not just me in the break, that way we can try to move on climb and Jasper can wait for the sprint, to cover the bases."

     

  78. 34.5km remaining from 200km

    16:16:38 CEST

    Here we go! The first attack from the break comes.

     

  79. 16:17:37 CEST

    Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) attacks first to try to split the break. 

     

  80. 16:18:07 CEST

    Thomas de Gendt is with him. Race on!

     

  81. 30km remaining from 200km

    16:21:25 CEST

    The attack is splitting under the attacks.

     

  82. 16:21:47 CEST

    Ben King goes and others come across.

     

  83. 16:22:21 CEST

    Van Avermaet is there too. 

     

  84. 16:24:32 CEST

    A group has 15 seconds on the others.

     

  85. 27km remaining from 200km

    16:25:18 CEST

    There are 11 riders up front. 

     

  86. 16:26:29 CEST

    Most of the strong men of the 33 re up front, including Trentin, van Avermaet, Oss, King, Skujiņš and others.

     

  87. 16:28:44 CEST

    The riders missing out on the move include Costa, Clarke, De Gendt and Boasson Hagen. 

     

  88. 22km remaining from 200km

    16:31:09 CEST

    Nils Politt recognises the danger and tries to go across to the front group alone. It's a big ask. 

     

  89. 20km remaining from 200km

    16:34:47 CEST

    Interesting to see Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck in the attack and now the front group. 

    He didn't have to work earlier and could be fresh for the finish.

     

  90. 16:36:45 CEST

    Gougeard drops back from the break, so the leading group is down to 10 riders.


    They only have 35 seconds on the rest of the breakaway.

    The cat 4 climb is coming in around 5km and will be decisive.

     

  91. 16:37:02 CEST

    Scully is there for EF. 

     

  92. 16:38:11 CEST

    The ten riders on the attack are: Oss, Asgreen, Izagirre, Scully, Trentin, Van Avermaet, Laengen, Skujins, Périchon and King.

    They're all working hard together to extend their lead past 40 seconds. 

     

  93. 16:40:33 CEST

    The third-category Col de la Sentinelle is a dozen kilometres from the finish and so about to start.

     

    Topping out at just under 1,000 metres, it's not featured on a Tour stage into Gap since 2006, when French baroudeur Pierrick Fédrigo outwitted Italian galloper Salvatore Commesso.

     

     

  94. 16:41:25 CEST

    The organisers' choice of the Sentinelle may be a consequence of the Manse's tendency to produce an unexpected twist in the GC battle.

    In 2003, Joseba Beloki crashed out on the descent. In 2011, race leader Thomas Voeckler and contenders Andy and Frank Schleck all lost time to their rivals descending the Manse in the wet, while in 2015 Geraint Thomas crashed spectacularly when descending it after being accidently clipped by Warren Barguil.

     

    The Sentinelle should provide a testing, but more straightforward gateway to the high Alps, where the battle for the yellow jersey will be decided.

     

  95. 16:41:52 CEST

    The climb is about to start and an attacks has split the group even more.

     

  96. 14km remaining from 200km

    16:42:24 CEST

    There are six up front now.

     

  97. 16:43:16 CEST

    Now Trentin goes solo! He's trying to get a lead. 

     

  98. 16:45:09 CEST

    Trentin has his jersey open as he tries to open a gap on the lower slopes of the 5.2% climb. 

     

  99. 12km remaining from 200km

    16:46:25 CEST

    Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis) ids chasing the Italian. 

    The others seem tired and have missed their chance,

     

  100. 10km remaining from 200km

    16:49:42 CEST

    Périchon is 20 seconds down on Trentin as Oss drags the chasers up the climb. 

    Van Avermaet seems cooked as Trentin pushes on alone. The stage is now his to lose.

     

  101. 10km remaining from 200km

    16:50:31 CEST

    Trentin still has 1.5km to climb but then has a 8.5km descent to the finish.

     

  102. 16:51:20 CEST

    Trentin holds his tongue out. He wants a bidon.

     

  103. 16:52:39 CEST

    Asgreen attacks from the chase group but he's left it late.

     

  104. 8.5km remaining from 200km

    16:53:47 CEST

    European champion Trentin reaches the summit and can start the descent.

     

  105. 16:54:15 CEST

    Asgreen has caught Perichon. Wow, that was a  quick step and jump. 

     

  106. 16:55:42 CEST

    Here's Trentin on the attack alone. 

     

     

  107. 6km remaining from 200km

    16:56:36 CEST

    There were 33 riders on the attack today but now there's only Trentin.

     

    Asgreen is 30 seconds behind him.

     

  108. 16:57:59 CEST

    The peloton is 18 minutes back and so has still to start the final climb.

     

  109. 3.5km remaining from 200km

    16:59:47 CEST

    This could be Mitchelton's fourth stage win at this year's Tour de France. Adam Yates struggled to fight for the GC but they riders never gave in.

     

  110. 17:00:30 CEST

    Trentin has closed his jersey and is time trialing to the finish. Asgreen is not closing the gap, indeed, he's losing time.

     

  111. 17:01:08 CEST

    Asgreen was second at the Tour of Flanders and is again showing his talents.

     

  112. 1km remaining from 200km

    17:02:03 CEST

    Trentin is in the final KM. 

     

  113. 17:02:29 CEST

    This is his third Tour de France stage victory.

     

  114. 17:03:07 CEST

    Trentin eases up and celebrates his solo victory in Gap.

     

  115. 17:03:47 CEST

    Asgreen takes second at 36 seconds.

     

  116. 17:04:45 CEST

    Van Avermaet brings home the others to take third but he won't be happy.

     

  117. 17:05:30 CEST

    Trentin waves to the crowd in celebration and also takes several drinks. It was hot out there. 

     

  118. 17:06:28 CEST

    This is the top ten for the stage: 

     

    1 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott 4:21:36
    2 Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:37
    3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 0:00:41
    4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:41
    5 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:41
    6 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:41
    7 Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:44
    8 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:50
    9 Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:50
    10 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:55

     

  119. 17:10:00 CEST

    This image sums up Greg van Avermaet's day: a huge effort for little reward. 

     

     

  120. 17:11:05 CEST

    "Today was all in: everything or nothing," Trentin explained. 

     

  121. 17:12:04 CEST

    Meanwhile, the GC peloton is 9km from the finish. They are at least 18 minutes back. 

     

  122. 17:12:58 CEST

    Julian Alaphilippe is up front to avoid any attacks and risks on the descent.

     

  123. 17:15:39 CEST

    "I was scared of Asgreen and I was right because he finished second after getting a free ride in the break," Trentin explained.

     

    "His tactic was to wait and wait and so I went for it because h's also strong on the climbs and fast in a sprint." 

     

     

  124. 17:18:25 CEST

    "There was a headwind on the climb but I got up it well. I was always up there in this Tour but never got the results. This win makes up for it all. I had good legs but never finished it off. Today was: "all in:  everything or nothing."  

    "I suffered like a dog  but it was worth it all."

     

  125. 17:20:48 CEST

    The GC riders are 4km from the finish after safely descending towards Gap.   

     

  126. 17:21:34 CEST

    Alaphilippe is in second place, tucked behind  teammate.

     

  127. 17:23:58 CEST

    The Alaphilippe peloton crosses the line 20:10 down on Trentin. 

    They look relaxed but suffered in the heat today. Tomorrow they head into the high Alps for the final 3 key stages.

     

  128. 17:25:43 CEST

    Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) finished 20th on the stage but he was well placed overall and so moved up into the top 20 with the peloton so far back. 

     

  129. 17:29:21 CEST

    Another group comes into the finish, 26 minutes down. However due to the heat, the time limit has been calculated on the peloton today, rather than the stage winner.

     

  130. 17:29:55 CEST

    Sagan rolls home, waving to the crowds. 

     

  131. 17:30:46 CEST

    Yesterday's winner Caleb Ewan also crosses the line.

     

  132. 17:33:02 CEST

    This is the moment Trentin won in Gap. 

     

    Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 17 at the Tour de France

     

  133. 17:36:11 CEST

    Here Trentin celebrates his win and walks to the podium area. 

     

    Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 17 at the Tour de France

     

  134. 17:39:46 CEST

    Julian Alaphilippe climbs on the podium and waves to the crowd. 

    He had a quiet day in the peloton today but faces three days in the Alps from Thursday. Three days which will reveal if the Frenchman can hold into the yellow jersey. 

     

  135. 17:40:17 CEST

    This is the new GC after stage 17.

     

    General classification after stage 17
    1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 69:39:16
    2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos 0:01:35
    3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:47
    4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:50
    5 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos 0:02:02
    6 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:14
    7 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:54
    8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:00
    9 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First 0:05:33
    10 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:06:30

     

  136. 17:42:06 CEST

    As expected, Meurisse moved up from 19th to 13th overall. He is now 11:08 down on Alaphilippe. 

     

  137. 17:46:57 CEST

    For the full stage results, our growing photo gallery and a superb full stage report by Barry Ryan, click here.

     

    Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 17 at the Tour de France

     

  138. 17:51:40 CEST

    This was Matteo Trentin's third stage victory at the Tour de France. He won in Lyon in 2013 and Nancy in  2014.

     

    He's had to wait five years for his third win in Gap. But he has now won 23 races, including four stages at the Vuelta, Paris-Tours twice and last year's European road race championships.

     

  139. 18:01:01 CEST

    As the riders head to their hotels around Gap, all thoughts turn to the Alpine stages and the fight for the yellow jersey.

     

  140. 18:13:06 CEST

    We've hoovered up the best quotes from the finish line to get the inside story on the stage. 

     

    Click here to read what Trentin, Asgreen, Sagan and more had to say.

     

    Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team ) in the escape

     

  141. 18:20:16 CEST

    It was a hot day out there. 

     

     

  142. 18:21:11 CEST

    That was Vegard Stake Laengen after being in the break and finishing 14th. 

     

     

  143. 18:21:47 CEST

    He said post stage: 

     

    "The final attacks started quite early and the DS told us to keep an eye on the moves. So I followed and ended up in the front group. It was super hard out there all day and near the finish my legs seized up and I dropped back and waited for Henao. I did a pull for him before rolling in to the finish."

     

  144. 18:29:01 CEST

    Regarding the race for GC, Ineos team manager Dave Brailsford believes that two races are going in in this year’s Tour: the first of which revolves around dismantling Alaphilippe’s GC lead, while the second centres on what he sees as the battle for victory from behind between the more experienced contenders.

     

    “There are two challenges. One is the effort needed to get rid of Alaphilippe. If they don’t make it hard enough then he’ll stay there and win the race," he said in this story on Cyclingnews.

     

    "Equally no one wants to make that effort and then not have the energy to do the GC. It feels like there are two different races. One to win the race and then taking responsibility to get rid of Alaphilippe. So far no one has. That’s why Elia Viviani was riding over the mountains but if that continues Alaphilippe could win the race.” 

     

  145. 18:30:57 CEST

    Team Ineos doesn't have the yellow jersey but has Thomas second 1:35 down on race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), with Egan Bernal hovering in fifth at 2:02.

    Neither have looked super strong but Brailsford is upbeat.  

     

    “We’re the only team with two riders high up on the GC. I think you’ve just got to adapt to the situation. There’s not a single tactic that you can just deploy,” Brailsford said concerning the situation that sees Thomas and sixth-placed Emanuel Buchmann separated by just 39 seconds.

     

    “It just evolves as the day evolves. It’s almost minute-by-minute. You’ve got to be opportunistic with it. On the one hand we want to put time into Alaphilippe and on the other hand we still want to race against the other guys in GC. It’s interesting, to be honest. And challenging. It’s a nice position to be in."

     

    We';ll find out if that is the case on Thursday.  

     

  146. 18:32:35 CEST

    This is the profile of stage 18 to Valloire. 

     

     

  147. 18:39:58 CEST

    Our stage preview text calls it the stairway to heaven stage.

     

    There are four climbs, each higher than the last, the final three topping out at 2,109 metres, 2,360 metres and 2,642 metres, respectively.

     

    In other words, at the finish in Valloire the identity of the remaining contenders for the yellow jersey will be confirmed, and one outstanding candidate may well have stepped forward or strengthened their position as the king of this mountainous Tour.

     

    Extending to more than 200 kilometres, this will be a long day in the saddle. The third-category ascent of the wonderfully named Demoiselles Coiffées (ladies with hairdos), describing the unusual rock formations above Embrun, provides an early opportunity to warm the legs before a trio of legendary ascents in the shape of the Vars, Izoard and Galibier.

     

  148. 18:40:34 CEST

    Approached from Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye, the first in that triptych is not especially long, but becomes extremely difficult after the brief plateau at its halfway point. The Izoard has a similar profile but, at 14.1km, is a good deal longer and climbs significantly higher. Its final 7km, which include the passage through the magnificent Casse Déserte, average 9%.

     

    After plunging down into Briançon, the riders then tackle the Galibier. Once again, this is a giant that holds back its fiercest sections until late on. Essentially a long upward drag, often into a headwind, as far as the Col du Lauteret, it kicks up more steeply as it twists up the mountainside to the summit, the location of the penultimate point-bonus. With the very fast drop into the finish at Valloire to follow, the first rider across the summit could very well scoop 18 seconds in bonuses in addition to the stage win

     

  149. 18:41:40 CEST

    As with every stage, we'll have full live coverage of all the action, plus special content, interviews and previews from our reporters on the road: Editor Daniel Benson, Alasdair Fotheringham and Patrick Fletcher.

     

  150. 22:20:55 CEST

    There's been quite a kerfuffle over the argy-bargy between Luke Rowe and Tony Martin.

    Both riders have been expelled from Tour de France

    The Ineos, Jumbo-Visma riders clashed while leading peloton on stage 17.

  151. 22:21:25 CEST

    Team Ineos said they were looking to appeal against Luke Rowe's expulsion from Tour de France

    'It feels incredibly harsh' says Brailsford

  152. 22:21:57 CEST

    Rowe and Tony Martin apologised for Tour de France incident in joint statement in a video

  153. 22:22:42 CEST

    The incident overshadowed a fine victory by Matteo Trentin

    The third Tour de France stage win of his career

    'Today was all in – everything or nothing' says Italian all-rounder

  154. 22:23:07 CEST

    You can view the video highlights from the stage here

  155. 22:24:11 CEST

    With that done, we'll look ahead to the three big stages in the Alps, where Julian Alaphilippe will attempt to defend his race lead.

    Alaphilippe defiant and ready for Tour de France yellow jersey defence

    'I've never been this motivated before' says overall leader ahead of the Alps

  156. 22:24:54 CEST

    Follow again on Thursday for the most critical stage of the race for Alaphilippe. Cyclingnews will have full coverage all day long. Thanks for reading!

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