Tour de France 2021: Stage 17 highlights - Video

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) sailed to the summit of the hors category Col du Portet on hardest day of the Tour de France and won his first stage as the leader of the three-week race.

The podium of the Tour de France ascended into the clouds in the final four kilometres of the 178.4km route, led by the yellow jersey. The Slovene’s aggressive moves were followed by his closest contenders on the upper slopes of the Col du Portet, the highest summit finish of the race at 2,209 metres above sea level - Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma), and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers).

Vingegaard would finish second, three seconds down on Pogacar, and Carapaz four seconds back, but EF-Nippo's Rigoberto Urán lost contact, and time, finishing 1:49 back to slip from second overall to fourth overall.

Earlier on the overcast, grey day that began in Muret, the yellow jersey was part of the peloton and had to chase a breakaway of six riders on the slopes of the Col de Peyresourde, the first of three climbs packed in the final 70 kilometres of the route. In that group were four French riders, looking for glory on Bastille Day - Dorian Godon (AG2R-Citroën), Anthony Perez (Cofidis), Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) and Maxime Chevalier (B&B-KTM). 

Perez and Godon pressed on together and held a 3:37 advantage with 21km to go, but on the steep incline of the Col du Portet the GC contenders would accelerate and leave them behind.

Watch how stage 17 at the Tour de France unfolded in the video highlights above.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Cyclingnews is the world's leader in English-language coverage of professional cycling. Started in 1995 by University of Newcastle professor Bill Mitchell, the site was one of the first to provide breaking news and results over the internet in English. The site was purchased by Knapp Communications in 1999, and owner Gerard Knapp built it into the definitive voice of pro cycling. Since then, major publishing house Future PLC has owned the site and expanded it to include top features, news, results, photos and tech reporting. The site continues to be the most comprehensive and authoritative English voice in professional cycling.