Tour de France: Stage 17 preview

Tuesday begins the first of four Alpine stages in the final week of the Tour de France. Stage 17 will see the peloton head 161km from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup, a route missing from the Tour de France since 1975. The historic stage had seen Eddy Merckx lose valuable time and the yellow jersey to Bernard Thévenet. This year Chris Froome (Team Sky) holds a comfortable lead of 3:10 ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and 3:32 above Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing).

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