The long and the short of the Tour de France's toughest day - Stage 17 Preview

In the wake of the fireworks during 2011's compelling 110km leg to Alpe d’Huez, the Tour de France has increasingly found space for one (relatively) short mountain stage on the parcours each year, but Wednesday's stage 17 from from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary Soulan has the feel of something altogether different.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.