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Stage 17 of the 2020 Tour de France, with its high altitude and severe gradients, was expected to be the centrepiece of Egan Bernal's bid to retain his title. Instead, the Colombian will not grace the Col de la Madeleine and the Col de la Loze at all after abandoning the Tour this morning. His GC challenge suddenly evaporated on the Grand Colombier on Sunday and Bernal lost another 27 minutes on the road to Villard de Lans yesterday. Ineos' announcement of his withdrawal early this morning came as little surprise. "Egan is a true champion who loves to race, but he is also a young rider, with many Tours ahead of him, and at this point, on balance, we feel it is wiser for him to stop racing," said manager Dave Brailsford. Alasdair Fotheringham has the full story here.

Ineos Grenadiers’ Egan Bernal at the 2020 Tour de France

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Bernal had been lying 16th overall after yesterday's stage. The revised general classification looks like this ahead of stage 17:

1          Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma      70:06:47

2          Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates     00:00:40

3          Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling            00:01:34

4          Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team            00:01:45

5          Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 00:02:03

6          Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo    00:02:13

7          Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 00:02:16

8          Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team      00:03:15

9          Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma   00:05:19

10        Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic    00:05:43

11        Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis         00:06:45

12        Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team     00:06:52

13        Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain McLaren        00:09:09

14        Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers       00:17:23

15        Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic    00:18:16

16        Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept       00:30:03

17        Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma          00:35:06

18        Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 00:44:23

19        Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team       00:58:58

20        Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar Team 01:01:58

Stage 17 is 170km in length and brings the Tour to its highest point at the finish line. There are just two climbs on the route, but they are brutes. The 2,000m-high summit of the hors categorie Col de la Madeleine (17.1km at 8.4%) comes after 107.5km, while the finish atop the Col de la Loze is some 2,304m above sea level and comes after a vicious hors categorie ascent that is 21.5km in length with an average gradient of 7.8%. The first man to the top claims the stage honours and the Souvenir Henri Desgrange, and the climb might just decide the outcome of the 2020 Tour.

The sting comes in the tail of this stage. The steepest part of the Col de la Loze comes in the final 4km, when the road has already climbed above 1800m. “It's quite unlike anything that's found in the Alps,” Patrick Fletcher writes of the dramatic finale to this stage. “Suddenly the Loze path begins and everything changes.

“There are hairpins, and there are longer straight sections, but above all there are nasty ramps that jut up almost vertiginously. This is far beyond the more irregular gradients found in the Pyrenees, and race director Christian Prudhomme has spoken of "a series of walls". He even name-dropped the Mur de Huy – the ultra-steep climb used at the end of Flèche Wallonne.

"You go around a hairpin, and you're coming up to a 'wall', but you're on a false flat – it's a continual changing of rhythm," Prudhomme said. "It's going to be an incredible finale because we've never had that kind of breaking-up of gradient, at that altitude. It doesn't exist – or it didn't, until now."

Read Patrick’s thoughtful preview of the stage and analysis of the GC situation here.

The peloton is assembling on the start line in Grenoble for the roll out in a few minutes, at 12.15 CET. After a neutralised zone of 6.5km, they are due to reach kilometre zero at 12.30

Although the Madeleine, the Col de la Loze and - especially - those vicious final kilometres dominate most people's thoughts, there will be another race within a race in the opening kilometres. Sam Bennett still has a 45-point lead over Peter Sagan in the points competition, and the Slovakian will surely look to make inroads into that buffer at the intermediate sprint at La Rochette after 45.5km. It could be a high-octane opening hour...

Primoz Roglic carries a lead of 40 seconds over his compatriot Tadej Pogacar into today's stage, but he knows the final climb could change the complexion of their duel. "I think it’s the Queen stage of the Tour, we finish at the highest point of the race this year and it’s just crazy hard," Roglic said. "The last five kilometres are really difficult, it’ll be a fight for every second.

"Tadej is the closest rival, and I expect he’ll try to attack," Roglic said. "The other guys will probably look after each other. Looking back at the mountain stages, normally Tadej was the strongest, so I need to focus on the best guys, focus on myself to do the best job, and that’s all I can do." 

Alasdair Fotheringham has the full story here.

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-170km

Francois Lemarchand waves the flag, and stage 17 of the Tour de France is formally underway. The attacks comes immediately...

Ben Hermans (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) are among the men trying to push clear in the opening kilometre.

De Gendt, Krists Neilands (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Pierre-Luc Perichon (Cofidis) get a gap of 5 seconds or so, but there are plenty of teams eager to chase behind on this uncategorised drag out of Grenoble.

Peter Sagan is among the riders trying to get across, and the green jersey of Sam Bennett is stuck like a limpet to his rear wheel.

A sizeable group of 20 or so riders has a small gap, including Sam Bennett, Sagan, Matteo Trentin, as well as the original attacker De Gendt. Sagan knows there is an unclassified climb of Saint-Pierre-d'Allevard (7.3km at 3.7%) after 30km or so, and he will be desperate to try to shed the Irishman there.

-165km

That 20-man group has been more or less brought back, but the peloton is strung out in a long line with plenty of gaps emerging.  A trio of Ineos Grenadiers riders are now towards the front, trying to force a break clear.

-164km

Dylan van Baarle (Ineos) clips off the front and opens a small gap. He will hope for some company, otherwise this move will be snuffed out rapidly.

-162km

Van Baarle is brought back, and the process begins all over again. A lot of riders are very keen on getting up the road early today, and it could take some time for the break to form. Thomas De Gendt is again pushing on the front, trying to shake a group loose.

Acceleration follows acceleration at the front. Cees Bol tries to snap the elastic for Sunweb. The peloton is lined out behind him. Ineos are very prominent in trying to get a man up the road here.

A potentially pivotal moment in the hunt for the green jersey. Peter Sagan wheels to a halt at the rear of the bunch to get a bike change. He is now chasing back on through the team cars after a quick change. Bennett and Matteo Trentin, meanwhile, are among the clutch of riders chasing Bol at the head of the race.

-157km

Bol is brought back and then Neilands, Van Baarle, Luke Rowe and De Gendt try to force their way clear. Nothing doing yet. The bunch is strung out but still together, even if some riders at the back must feel increasingly like they are touching from a distance...

-153km

Thomas De Gendt attacks with purpose and opens a decent gap by himself. He has 13 seconds over the peloton. He will need some company, of course, but he's where he wants to be at this point in proceedings.

De Gendt is fully committed to his lone effort. Behind, riders are struggling to escape the clutches of the peloton and set out in pursuit of the Belgian.

-150km

De Gendt has 20 seconds over the peloton. Chris Juul Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott) is in lone pursuit and there's a group featuring Julian Alaphilippe, Richard Carapaz, Luke Rowe and Oliver Naesen trying to come across. Bora-Hansgrohe, however, are chasing in the peloton, and it could all be back to square one soon.

Van Avermaet, Rowe, Carapaz et al are still trying gamely to escape the clutches of the peloton and get across to De Gendt.

-146km

This strong group of 20 or so chasers have caught De Gendt, and they have 22 seconds in hand on the peloton. This could be our early break.

This 21-man break has a lead of 22 seconds over a peloton where Movistar are leading the chase. 

-142km

In fact, there are 22 men off the front, but their gap is already dwindling: Richard Carapaz, Luke Rowe (Ineos), Felix Grossschartner, Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikael Cherel, Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale), Julian Alaphilippe, Tim Declercq (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Laurent Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), Toms Skujins, Jasper Stuyvens (Trek-Segafredo), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC), Søren Kragh Andersen, Nikias Arndt (Sunweb), Chris Juul Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott), Dan Martin, Nils Politt, Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel Start-Up Nation), Roger Kluge, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal),

-141.5km

The race is on the toughest part of the unclassified climb of Saint-Pierre-d'Allevard and a reduced peloton is upon the breakaway. Alaphilippe and Izagirre are among the riders who kick again in a bid to stay away. Carapaz, Dan Martin and Kamna go with them.

At the back of the peloton, meanwhile, a number of sprinters, including Andre Greipel and Caleb Ewan, have been distanced. It could be a long and lonesome day for them if the race doesn't settle down soon.

Alaphilippe, Carapaz, Dan Martin, Kamna and Izagirre are the survivors of the initial move, and they have a lead of 20 seconds over a fragmented peloton. The quintet are combining well, but will they be granted the freedom to establish a lead?

Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), Marc Soler (Movistar) and Dani Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) are trying to bridge across to the five leaders but they are struggling to escape a peloton that is right on their coattails. 

-138km

Break:

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peloton at 0:25

Martinez and the chasers have been brought back and now Dylan van Baarle is trying to bridge across to the escapees. Meanwhile, Sam Bennett and Peter Sagan watch one another near the front of a reduced bunch. They are just over the top of the unclassified climb, and the intermediate sprints is about 12km away.

-136km

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) are extending their lead over the peloton, and the gap is touching half a minute.

-134km

Jumbo-Visma are coming to the front of the peloton to bring a degree of organisation to the front of the peloton. Roglic's men would doubtless prefer the break to establish enough of a lead for the race to settle down a little.

Daryl Impey (Mitchelon-Scott) is now trying to forge across alone to the five leaders, who have 28 seconds in hand on the yellow jersey group.

-131km

Jumbo-Visma spread across the road and the pace abates in the peloton. The break's advantage grows accordingly. 50 seconds the gap. 

Situation

Break:

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Chaser at 0:25

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

Peloton at 1:07

-129km

5km to the intermediate sprint, where, as things stand, there is a maximum of 9 points on offer for Sagan and Bennett, who are both in the yellow jersey group. Good news for the Irishman, who is defending a 45-point lead in the standings.

-127km

Carapaz, Kamna, Dan Martin, Alaphilippe and Izagirre now have 2:00 over the peloton. This quintet has been granted their freedom for now. If they are given a little more leeway, they have the firepower to go all the way to the finish even on a day as arduous as this.

Impey is in no man's land, 40 seconds down on the five leaders. Unless they knock off the pace a little, he will struggle to make it across.

At the very back of the race, a dropped Caleb Ewan knows the speed has dropped in the peloton and he is battling through the race convoy to latch back on.

-124km

Julian Alaphilippe leads Dan Martin and the break through the intermediate sprint at La Rochette. Impey comes through the same point still 40 seconds down on the leaders. 

Back in the peloton, 3 minutes behind the break, Sagan sits on the wheel of Bennett ahead of the intermediate sprint. Kasper Asgreen and Michael Morkov are there to lead it out for Bennett.

Sam Bennett wins the sprint for 7th and it looks like Morkov pipped Sagan to 8th, which would mean that the Irishman has picked up two points on his rival for the green jersey.

Fine riding from Morkov, who led out Bennett and kept going to make sure Sagan lost out on a point. Bennett now has a 47-point lead in the points classification and he has overcome another obstacle on the road to Paris. Now he'll need to make it over the Madeleine and Col de la Loze, of course, but he has been surviving the mountains well to this point. 

-119km

The average speed thus far is a rasping 49.6kph, but the race has mercifully calmed a little. The five leaders now have 3:38 over the peloton, while the lone chaser Impey looks to have sat up. Caleb Ewan, meanwhile, has rejoined the peloton after being dropped on the early, unclassified climb.

-116km

Break:

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Peloton at 3:57

One of the finest writers at the Tour de France also happens to be in a team car behind the peloton. Tom Southam is part of the EF Pro Cycling management and his rider Rigoberto Uran is currently third overall, 1:34 off Roglic. His race has been consistent rather than spectacular thus far, but his ability to last the course in a hard race like this means that he is well positioned to claim the second podium finish of his Tour career.

“Rigo is going well and he’s come a long way from his Vuelta crash from last year. He’s stepped back up to becoming the leader. We turned up here with him, Dani and Sergio and one way or another he’s at the top of the pile. That’s great because he’s a leader that we’re accustomed to riding for, and we know how he works, and how he operates,” Southam told Cyclingnews.

 “We go to high altitude, which is in his favour, but everyone is riding the same race now because you’re either close and in the mix or a long way away. I think that that the TT also suits Rigoberto better than some of the guys around him or behind him on GC. The Tour seems to be hanging in the balance and has been for ages but then all of a sudden, at some point in the mountains, it’s going to be over. It could be as soon as stage 17.”

CANTAL FRANCE SEPTEMBER 11 Rigoberto Uran of Colombia and Team EF Pro Cycling during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 13 a 1915km stage from ChtelGuyon to Pas de PeyrolLe Puy Mary Cantal 1589m TDF2020 LeTour on September 11 2020 in Cantal France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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-108km

Tony Martin sets the tempo in the peloton for Jumbo-Visma, 4:30 down on the five leaders. "Earlier on in the race I thought that Jumbo-Visma would be more tired by now but they didn’t have to do that much in the second week because of the green jersey competition and they’re actually as strong as ever now," Southam said.

Away from the Tour de France, the riders at the Tour of Luxembourg have protested about the safety conditions on the race. Riders had spoken to race organisers about the dangers out on the road before stage 2 and, when they encountered further problems, they stopped racing after 18km and demanded action. After negotiations with race organisers and the UCI commissaries, the riders agreed to neutralise the 80km ride to Syren and then race the final 42km around Hesperang on the planned circuit. The race organisers announced a new stage start would be given in Syren. Read more here.

The riders at the Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg talk about road safety after neutralising stage 2

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-100km

Into the final 100km for the leaders Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe). They have 5:11 over a peloton that is being led by Tony Martin and Jumbo-Visma.

The race is a little over 20km from the base of the Col de la Madeleine, the first of the day's two, brutally tough classified climbs. Tadej Pogacar and his UAE Team Emirates squad sit in line behind Jumbo-Visma for the time being.

-94km

Alaphilippe, Carapaz, Martin, Kamna and Izagirre are still padding out their advantage ahead of the Col de la Madeleine. The gap is out to 5:24.

-88km

By making the break again today, yesteday’s stage winner Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) is a real threat in the king of the mountains classification. “I’ll try to make it in the break again and maybe get some points for the king of the mountains jersey. It depends on how day unfolds, but I have an eye on the polka dot jersey now,” Kämna told Eurosport before the start. “Winning a stage was my first goal but now I’m close in the king of the mountains.”

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-84km

The five escapees are 5km from the base of the Col de la Madeleine with a lead of 5:55 over the peloton. Skies are blue overhead for the time being, but there is the possibility of thunder showers at the finish on the Col de la Loze this afternoon.

-80km

Alaphilippe, Martin, Kamna, Carapaz and Izagirre hit the foot of the mighty Col de la Madeleine. The ascent is 17.1km at 8.4% and one of the toughest in the entire Tour.

Dan Martin fractured his sacrum in a crash at the Dauphine and his participation in the Tour was uncertain until days before the start. He understandably struggled in the opening phase of the race but he was up the road on Friday and now looks to be finding his rhythm. He's given himself a chance of competing for the stage today and he is also hitting upon some form ahead of a very demanding World Championships road race in Imola a week on Sunday.

GRAND COLOMBIER FRANCE AUGUST 09 Daniel Martin of Ireland and Team Israel StartUp Nation during the 32nd Tour de LAin 2020 Stage 3 a 145km stage from Saint Vulbas to Grand Colombier 1501m tourdelain TOURDELAIN TDA on August 09 2020 in Grand Colombier France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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Landismo lives. Bahrain-McLaren come to the front of the peloton on the lower slopes of the Col de la Madeleine. Mikel Landa has one of the best climbing support outside of Jumbo-Visma on this race - Damiano Caruso, in particular, has been very impressive thus far - and he seems to reckon that he may as well make use of them.

LARUNS FRANCE SEPTEMBER 06 Mikel Landa Meana of Spain and Team Bahrain Mclaren Richie Porte of Australia and Team Trek Segafredo Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Breakaway during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 9 a 153km stage from Pau to Laruns 495m TDF2020 LeTour on September 06 2020 in Laruns France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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-77km

The Bahrain-McLaren pace-setting is shedding the peloton of some riders and they've also shorn the break's lead back to 5:10.

Jumbo-Visma's Tony Martin and Amund Grondahl Jansen are among the riders distanced by Sonny Colbrelli's pace-making for Bahrain-McLaren. The sprinters, including both Sam Bennett and Peter Sagan, have also relented. 

-76.5km

Break:

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Peloton at 4:40

Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) has been dropped by the yellow jersey group. The Colombian is in the company of Connor Swift and he appears to be in some difficulty. There are at least 40 or so riders still in the yellow jersey group, where Bahrain-McLaren are setting the tempo.

Sonny Colbrelli still sets the tempo in the peloton while Nairo Quintana loses more ground. This could be a very unusual day of racing. The break's lead is down to 4 minutes with 13.3km of the Madeleine still to go.

Thibaut Pinot and king of the mountains Benoit Cosnefroy are also among the riders jettisoned out the back by Colbrelli's tempo on the front. 

-75km

Julian Alaphilippe leads the break and his efforts have seen a flagging Lennard Kamna dropped from the move.

Alaphilippe leads Martin, Izagirre and Carapaz on the Madeleine, while Kamna loses ground. Colbrelli keeps leading the peloton, which has closed to within 3:33.

-74km

Landa moves up towards the front of the yellow jersey group, where four of his Bahrain-McLaren sit in the first positions. The gap to the break has dropped to 3:40.

Situation

Break:

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) 

Chaser:

Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Peltoton at 3:40

Chaser at 5:20

Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic)

Green jersey group at 6:56

Colbrelli has always had the ability to get over a hill, but this is the Col de la Madeleine and he continues to set the tempo after 7km of climbing. Landa still has five Bahrain-McLaren teammates for company, while Jumbo-Visma sit behind them.

Landa began the day in 7th overall, 2:16 off the maillot jaune, and he gives the impression that he is willing to risk everything to move up on this, the toughest stage of the race. Colbrelli keeps channeling Wout van Aert on the front.

-72km

Colbrelli swings over after a remarkable shift on the Madeleine. Wout Poels takes up the reins for Bahrain-McLaren with a little under 10km of the climb to go.

There are still 30 or more riders in this yellow jersey group, which is 3:30 down on the escapees. Bahrain-McLaren still lead, with delegations from Jumbo-Visma,  UAE Team Emirates and Trek-Segafredo lined up behind them.

-71km

The former teammates Dan Martin and Julian Alaphilippe are doing the bulk of the heavy lifting in the break, but Richard Carapaz and Gorka Izagirre are still hanging on. 

Wout Poels leads Matej Mohoric, Pello Bilbao, Damiano Caruso and his leader Mikel Landa with 8.5km of the Madeleine to go. Poels, remember, crashed heavily on the opening day and looked to be struggling to stay in the Tour during the opening week, but he has managed to ride his way into this race. Poels was given the most combativity prize for his travails to remain in the Tour on stage 5.

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Adam Yates, meanwhile, has lost an important support rider as Mikel Nieve abandons the Tour de France.

-70km

Five miles of the Col de la Madeleine remain for Gorka Izagirre, Dan Martin, Julian Alaphilippe and Richard Carapaz. 3:18 the gap to the Bahrain-McLaren-led yellow jersey group.

Lennard Kamna, incidentally, has been caught and - it seems - dropped by  the yellow jersey group, which would appear to thwart his hopes of challenging for the king of the mountains jersey. The man in possession, Benoit Cosnefroy, has been dropped by the yellow jersey group, which he now trails by a little under a minute.

-68.5km

6km of the Col de la Madeleine to go, with Poels still setting the pace in a yellow jersey group of perhaps 30 riders.

Bahrain-McLaren's pace-making is still chipping away at the break's buffer, which has dropped to 2:35 with 5km of the Madeleine left to climb.

Matej Mohoric takes over for Bahrain-McLaren, though Poels has tucked in just behind him. The yellow jersey group is still sizeable but this pace will take the sting from many riders' legs even before the race hits the 2,000m altitude mark.

The impressive debutant Harold Tejada (Astana) has been dropped from the yellow jersey group. Miguel Angel Lopez has only one teammate - Omar Fraile - with him and another - Gorka Izagirre - up the road in the break.

I thought Lennard Kamna had already been caught by the yellow jersey group, but the German has only just been captured by the chasers and he is sitting in at the back.

-64.5km

3km of the Madeleine left for the yellow jersey group, which has been thinned out considerably. Roglic still has five teammates around him and there are four Movistar men in here. Meanwhile, Uran has just Hugh Carthy for company, and Pogacar only has David de la Cruz and a flagging Jan Polanc in the group. Bahrain-McLaren still set the pace, with Poels back on the front, and the gap to the break is two minutes.

-64km

Break:

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Yellow jersey group at 1:54

Wout van Aert and Tom Dumoulin wear some signs of suffering on their faces as they sit behind the Bahrain cohort on the front, though they are far from the only ones. Roglic also has Sepp Kuss, George Bennett and Robert Gesink for company in this group.

-63km

Martin, Alaphilippe, Carapaz and Izagirre approach the summit of the Madeleine with a lead of 1:33 over the yellow jersey group, which includes all of the men who were in the top nine overall this morning. Nairo Quintana was distanced early on the Madeleine.

-62.5km

Richard Carapaz (Ineos) leads over the Col de la Madeleine ahead of Julian Alaphilippe, Dan Martin and Gorka Izagirre.

Tadej Pogacar leads the yellow jersey group over the top of the Madeleine, 1:24 down on the four leaders. The Slovenian has eyes on the king of the mountains jersey as well as the white jersey and, of course, the yellow. 

The break climbed the 17.1km Col de la Madeleine in 59:22, while the yellow jersey group went up in a notably quicker time of 54:48.

Alaphilippe leads the break on the sweeping descent of the Madeleine, but with barely 90 seconds in hand, the leading quartet will surely struggling to hold off the chasers on the Col de la Loze.

-55km

Dan Martin has lost contact with the rest of the break on the descent, where Alaphilippe and Carapaz have been pushing on the pace through the corners.

Pogacar's 5th place across the top of the Madeleine puts him into the provisional lead in the king of the mountains competition. The Slovenian is on 42 points, while Cosnefroy is on 36 points.

-52km

Alaphilippe has now opened a gap over Carapaz and Izagirre through the corners. Dan Martin is 32 seconds back, while the yellow jersey group is at 1:52. 

-50km

Leader:

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Chasers:

Richard Carapaz (Ineos) and Gorka Izagirre (Astana)

Chaser at 0:47:

Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation)

Yellow jersey group at 1:56

Izagirre has made it across to Alaphilippe on the descent and they are about to be joined again by Carapaz. This trio is 2:13 ahead of the Bahrain-McLaren-led yellow jersey group.

-45km

Alaphilippe, Izagirre and Carapaz have 1:32 on Dan Martin and 2:31 on the yellow jersey group as they reach the lower part of the descent off the Madeleine.

World champion Mads Pedersen has managed to bring himself back up to the yellow jersey group to support his leader Richie Porte. Kenny Elissonde is also in the group for the Australian, who is enjoying his best Tour since 2016 and perhaps his best chance to finish on the podium.

Nairo Quintana's travails today mean that Guillaume Martin moves provisionally into the top 10 overall. The Frenchman is still safely in the yellow jersey group, where Bahrain-McLaren, Jumbo-Visma and Movistar are present in the greatest numbers.

-36km

Alaphilippe, Carapaz and Izagirre have managed to stretch out their advantage over the yellow jersey group on the descent of the Col de la Madeleine. The gap is now at 2:40, while Dan Martin is about to be caught by the chasers.

The yellow jersey group splits slightly on the descent under Mohoric's forcing, though the gap between the two portions of the group is closed almost as quickly. 

-32km

Break:

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Yellow jersey group at 2:32

Nairo Quintana group at 10:51

Green jersey group at 13:50

The final ascent of the Col de la Loze is 21.5km at an average gradient of 7.8% and an altitude of 2,304m. The gradient flits between 7 and 9% in the first 8km, then the gradient eases slightly at the midpoint and the passage through Méribel. The gradient ramps up against thereafter and pitches to vertiginous levels in the last 4km, which is on a bike-specific road. The average gradients of kilometres 18-21 of the climb are 11.2%, 11%, 9.5% and 9.3%, respectively. The are gradients of 24% with a little over 2km to go and another ramp of 18% with a little over a kilometre left. The combination of the length, altitude and gradient make this a test like no other on the 2020 Tour.

-27km

Matej Mohoric sets the pace in the yellow jersey in the valley leading to the base of the Col de la Loze on behalf of Mikel Landa. The gap to the break stands at 2:25.

Bahrain-McLaren have done all of the pace-making since the bottom of the Col de la Madeleine, but it's worth noting that Primoz Roglic still has five Jumbo-Visma teammates for company: George Bennett, Wout van Aert, Robert Gesink, Tom Dumoulin and Sepp Kuss.

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-25km

Into the final 25km for Alaphilippe, Carapaz and Izagirre, who have 2:15 in hand on the Mohoric-led yellow jersey group.

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-23km

At the Tour presentation last October, route designer Thierry Gouvenou had this to say about the horrors that await the peloton atop the Col de la Loze this afternoon. "There’s nothing regular about it, because the road passes from flat to 20 per cent and then back to 10 per cent. You have to change rhythm all the time, which rouleurs don’t like," Gouvenou told AFP. "I can’t find a similar place, it’s a unique road in France. Knowing the effects of altitude on the body, it’s going to be the most complicated finish for the riders to manage. It's the queen stage of the Tour."

The skies have darkened overhead but the rain has held off for the time being. The finish, however, is still an hour or more of climbing away...

-21.5km

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Gorka Izagirre (Astana) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) begin the Col de la Loze with a lead of 1:52 over the yellow jersey group, which is still being led by Bahrain-McLaren.

Mohoric leads this reduced peloton on the base of the Col de la Loze. Poels, Caruso and Pello Bilbao are also here on behalf of Mikel Landa, who has been signalling his intentions very publicly indeed for this monstrous final climb.

-20km

Carapaz, Izagirre and Alaphilippe still hang onto a lead of 2 minutes on the lower slopes of the Loze, but it's hard to imagine this trio will be able to hold off the yellow jersey group behind. It's difficult to predict, however, precisely how this climb will be tackled. The severity of the final 4km might well serve to dissuade attackers from the yellow jersey group until much closer to the top.

-19.4km

Alaphilippe climbs from the saddle and opens a gap over Carapaz and Izagirre. Carapaz leads the chase, while Izagirre is content to follow - mindful that he will be expected to lend Miguel Angel Lopez a hand if and when the yellow jersey group catch them.

-19km

Carapaz brings back Alaphilippe and comes to the front to set a steadier pace. 19km of climbing to go and the gap is 2:13 over the peloton.

Bahrain-McLaren are still massed at the front of the yellow jersey and they're giving a free ride - well, as free as one can get on a stage of this severity - to Roglic's Jumbo-Visma guard.

Mohoric pulls over and now Wout Poels takes up the reins for Bahrain-McLaren. Landa has Bilbao and Caruso left too, then it's all on him...

-17.5km

Carapaz sets the pace in the break with Alaphilippe and Izagirre on his wheel, and the Ecuadorian's tempo is keeping the bunch at arm's length for the time being. The gap is 2:08.

A reminder that the only major absentees from the yellow jersey group are Nairo Quintana, who was dropped on the Col de la Madeleine, and Egan Bernal, who was a non-starter this morning.

Tadej Pogacar still has David de la Cruz by his side in this group, while Jan Polanc is hanging on as best he can at the very back. Rigoberto Uran is sitting a long way back with Hugh Carthy, while Richie Porte, Adam Yates and Miguel Angel Lopez are all pedalling smoothly in the middle of the group.

-16km

Break:

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Yellow jersey group at 1:52

-15.5km

It's still Bahrain-McLaren setting the tempo with Wout Poels and while his pace-making is chipping some seconds away from the break, his efforts aren't shedding anybody off the back of this yellow jersey group for the time being.

-14.5km

Carapaz, Alaphilippe and Izagirre's gap drops a little further, to 1:32. 

Poels swings off, his job done. Pello Bilbao and Damiano Caruso remain to prepare a pathway for Mikel Landa. Warren Barguil, meanwhile, has been distanced from the yellow jersey group, while Hugh Carthy looks like he is beginning to lose contact.

Robert Gesink (Jumbo-Visma) has been dropped, leaving Roglic with four teammates for company. Carlos Verona has also lost contact. Bilbao has turned up the intensity at the head of the yellow jersey group and the break's lead has dropped to just over a minute.

-13km

Break:

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Yellow jersey group at 0:56

-12.6km

And then there were two. Carapaz presses on the pace and it's too much for Alaphilippe. Only Gorka Izagirre can follow, while the yellow jersey group is at 53 seconds.

-12km

This has been a fine cameo from Pello Bilbao on the front of the yellow jersey grpup, which he has whittled down slightly since taking over from Poels. Roglic, however, still has Bennett, Dumoulin, Van Aert and Kuss alongside him.

Alaphilippe sits up and he is caught by the yellow jersey group. 45 seconds the gap to the two leaders Carapaz and Gorka Izagirre.

-11km

Bilbao, Caruso and Landa sit on the front of the yellow jersey group for Bahrain-McLaren. The Jumbo-Visma quintet are behind them, followed by Pogacar and his teammate David de la Cruz.

Situation

Break:

Richard Carapaz (Ineos), Gorka Izagirre (Astana)

Yellow jersey group at 0:38

-10km

Gorka Izagirre sits on Carapaz's wheel out in front - the Basque has his leader Miguel Angel Lopez in the yellow jersey group, just 35 seconds back. Pello Bilbao still lays down the pace with Caruso and Landa just behind him.

George Bennett has been dropped by the yellow jersey group thanks to the pace-making of Pello Bilbao, who keeps leading as they pass through Meribel.

-9km

Guillaume Martin betrays signs of suffering at the back of the yellow jersey group and the Frenchman looks to be losing contact.

Up ahead, Carapaz has dropped Izagirre and he is alone at the head of the race with 18 seconds in hand on the Pello Bilbao-led yellow jersey group...

-8km

Guillaume Martin is definitively distanced from the yellow jersey group, where Pello Bilbao is still laying down a very brisk pace. 20 seconds the gap to the lone leader Richard Carapaz (Ineos).

The race is about 1550m above sea level at the moment but the road climbs all the way to 2304m by the finish in a little under 5 miles' time. Carapaz battles gamely alone at the head of the race, and he is holding onto a 19-second lead over the yellow jersey group, but it surely won't be enough.

Gorka Izagirre wasn't able to lend much of a hand to Miguel Angel Lopez after his day in the break. The Astana man is dropped from the yellow jersey group.

-7km

Wout van Aert is the next man jettisoned from the yellow jersey group, where Bilbao is still on the front. Roglic has just Kuss and Dumoulin for company in this very reduced group.

Bilbao swings over and Damiano Caruso takes over with 6.8km to go. Landa is on his wheel and only thirteen men remain in the yellow jersey group: Caruso, Landa, Roglic, Kuss, Dumoulin, Pogacar, De le Cruz, Adam Yates, Porte, Valverde, Lopez, Uran and Enric Mas.

-6km

The pace has dropped slightly since Bilbao swung off. Carapaz has extended his lead again to 26 seconds...

Tom Dumoulin moves up alongside Caruso as the gradient bites, but he is content to allow the Sicilian to keep setting the tempo for the time being.

-5.7km

A fine ride from Carapaz, who is well used to hard efforts at high altitude. He is stretching his lead out further, to 37 seconds.

Carapaz is making light work of the 13% gradients here to extend his buffer to 40 seconds, but the gradient hits 24% further up the road...

-5km

A determined Damiano Caruso still leads the yellow jersey group on behalf of Landa, but their deficit to Carapaz is now 42 seconds.

-4.5km

Carapaz is showing no signs of cracking after his second successive day in the break. He's giving himself a chance of hanging on for the stage win but it will be tough given the the finale is so difficult ahead and the stakes are so high behind...

Caruso continues his cameo on behalf of Landa. Once the Italian knocks off his effort, this race could ignite. But what does Landa have left in his locker after his team's work?

-4km

Into the final 4km for Carapaz, who carries a lead of 44 seconds into the most hellish section.... 

Caruso swings off and David de la Cruz has taken over at the front on behalf of Pogacar... Whither Mikel Landa? He is dropping towards the rear of the yellow jersey group...

-3.7km

De la Cruz's pace has dropped Landa, Dumoulin, Valverde and Uran, while Adam Yates is also struggling but just about hanging on...

Pogacar takes over at the front of the yellow jersey group. Roglic, Kuss, Lopez, Porte and Mas are the only men who can follow, while Adam Yates is about three bike lengths back...

-3.5km

Miguel Angel Lopez attacks. Only Pogacar, Roglic and Kuss can follow. Porte and Mas have been distanced...

-3.2km

Carapaz has 11 seconds on the yellow jersey group, which is led by Kuss. Roglic, Pogacar and Lopez are on his wheel, while Porte has managed to drag himself back on. Enric Mas is a little further behind...

-3km

Kuss drags Roglic, Pogacar, Lopez and Porte up to Carapaz. The yellow jersey group is at the head of the race.

Kuss pulls clear after Roglic allows a gap to open. Lopez chases and catches the American, while Roglic and Pogacar watch one another. Porte is with the Slovenian duo, while Carapaz has been dropped...

-2.5km

Miguel Angel Lopez leads with Kuss on his wheel. Roglic, Pogacar and Porte are 5 seconds down, in that order, ahead of the steepest portion of the climb....

Miguel Angel Lopez opens a gap over Kuss on the 24% gradient.  Roglic accelerates behind, but Pogacar is able to follow.

-2km

Lopez is alone in front. Roglic and Pogacar bridged across to Kuss, but the white jersey suddenly loses ground just shy of the 2km to go barrier. It's up for grabs now...

-1.6km

Roglic sets off in lone pursuit of Lopez. Pogacar is in the company of Kuss and desperately trying to limit his deficit to his fellow countryman. 

-1.4km

Lopez has 11 seconds on Roglic, while Pogacar is at 17 seconds and in lone pursuit of the yellow jersey. Kuss has been definitively distanced.

-1km

Lopez has 13 seconds at the flamme rouge and looks set to win the stage, but Pogacar is inching closer to Roglic...

Lopez shows no signs of weakening and he is riding his way to stage victory and third place overall. Roglic and Pogacar are in a grim battle behind him. Pogacar looked to be catching him with a kilometre to go but the gap is oscillating due to the constantly changing gradient in this ramped final kilometre.

Pogacar is battling to limit his losses but he also looks like conceding some bonus seconds to Roglic, though the final 300m are viciously steep...

Shades of La Plagne 1987 as Pogacar closes to within almost touching distance of Roglic, but the yellow jersey kicks again with 200m to go to open the gap all over again...

Miguel Angel López (Astana) wins stage 17 of the Tour de France atop the Col de la Loze.

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) is second at 11 seconds. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) comes home 29 seconds down. Roglic's lead will be around a minute this evening...

Sepp Kuss comes in 4th at 55 seconds, with Richie Porte just behind him. Enric Mas takes 6th at 1:13 or so.

Mikel Landa and Adam Yates come in at 1:20. Rigoberto Uran crosses the line two minutes down, just ahead of Tom Dumoulin.

Confirmation that Lopez won the stage 15 seconds clear of Roglic and 30 ahead of Pogacar. 

Roglic has extended his lead over Pogacar to 57 seconds on Pogacar, while Miguel Angel Lopez moves up to third overall at 1:26.

Result

1 Miguel Angel López (Spa) Astana Pro Team 04:49:08

2 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 00:00:15

3 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:30

4 Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma     00:00:56

5 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 00:01:01

6 Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar Team     00:01:12

7 Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren         00:01:20

8 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott

9 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling         00:01:59

10 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma        00:02:13

General classification

1          Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma      74:56:04

2          Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates     00:00:57

3          Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team            00:01:26

4          Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo    00:03:05

5          Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 00:03:14

6          Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling            00:03:24

7          Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 00:03:27

8          Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team      00:04:18

9          Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma   00:07:23

10        Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team     00:09:31

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Miguel Angel Lopez on his stage victory: “I’m really happy, there’s a lot of emotion, we’ve worked very hard. It’s a very special day. we’ve worked very hard to get to this point. We were confident, because we knew this terrain was going to suit us. We knew it was over 2,000m in altitude. It was like being at home so it could be my opportunity.

“We’ve been dreaming of this, we believed in it. The team supported me so well, Omar Fraile did terrific work for me. He was struggling on the Col de la Madeleine but he kept going and supported me on the last climb.”

 

Sepp Kuss was Roglic's MVP in those demanding final kilometres. "We expected maybe some team to ride today, either for the stage or to make it hard for others trying to get on the podium," he told Eurosport. "Bahrain did a really strong pace. They rode super the first 10-15km of this last climb. They were going really fast so hats off to them, but on this last climb here it was just a total legbreaker. 

"I was riding on the front and accelerated over the top on one of the [flatter] transitions. I looked back and nobody was behind me actually. All of a sudden Lopez came across and I tried to stay with him but he was going really strong. At that point when I knew I was over the limit, I backed off and tried to pace Primož a little bit, accelerated with him."

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French president Emmanuel Macron followed today's stage alongside Christian Prudhomme. "I think it was very important to show that we need to live with the virus," he tells France Televisions of the 2020 Tour, which has taken place despite the rising levels of COVID-19 contagion in the country. 

MERIBEL FRANCE SEPTEMBER 16 Arrival Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno of Colombia and Astana Pro Team Celebration during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 17 a 170km stage from Grenoble to Mribel Col de la Loze 2304m TDF2020 LeTour on September 16 2020 in Mribel France Photo by Benoit Tessier PoolGetty Images

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Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) lost ground in the fight for yellow but has taken possession on the polka dot jersey: "I'm happy with my performance, it was a really tough day. Bahrain did a really fast tempo on the Madeleine and on Col de la Loze the race just exploded in the final few kilometres. In that hard finale I'm happy to not lose more time. It's still reachable - tomorrow is another hard day. We'll see what we can do but I think we can be happy with how we rode so far. We will fight to the end. It was just that steep sections then flat sections, that was really hard for me today. Also it was at altitude - one of the hardest final I've ever done. Not really but I saw that on Madeleine there were 10 points for free so I went there and then I also got many points -  if i'm in the grasp to take it I will take it. I'm happy to have two jerseys now. The objective is still the general classification, but if i can't take yellow i can take this."

Team Jumbo rider Slovenias Primoz Roglic wearing the overall leaders yellow jersey and Team UAE Emirates rider Slovenias Tadej Pogacar R wearing the best youngs white jersey ride during the 17th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 170 km between Grenoble and Meribel on September 16 2020 Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD AFP Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARDAFP via Getty Images

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Pogacar speaks with France Televisions behind the podium: "It’s not finished yet there’s still tomorrow. It’s a very hard stage and there’s the time trial too. Anything can happen. I can win or I can lose the podium. We’ll try. Let’s go by the flow and we’ll see tomorrow and try our best."

Sam Bennett made it safely home inside the time limit to retain the green jersey. Bryan Coquard also made it home but his B&B Hotels-Vital Concept teammate Jens Debusschere missed the cut.

Julian Alaphilippe was given the Prix de la Combativité, though one wonders if the honour might have fallen to Richard Carapaz had he not taken he prize yesterday. “It was a nice day, it wasn’t necessarily planned that I’d be in front today after being off the front yesterday," Alaphilippe tells France Televisions. "I was probably thinking more of tomorrow, but I gave everything when I was  in front, even if with the profile, it was a bit too difficult for me. The day passed more quickly out in front, and I enjoyed it.”

Primoz Roglic speaks to France Televisions behind the podium. “It was again a good day for us. Of course, I always want to win and I was second but I gained some time in the GC. We had our plan, we saw that if the others had some problems, I could take some seconds. We did that. The team did a really strong job. It was again a nice day,” Roglic says, before being asked about the remarkable performance of Sepp Kuss: “I already said to him before to send him a little more in front and then the others have to close it and I have more of an overview about what is happening.”

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Team Jumbo rider Slovenias Primoz Roglic wearing the overall leaders yellow jersey rides ahead Team UAE Emirates rider Slovenias Tadej Pogacar wearing the best youngs white jersey in the Loze pass during the 17th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 170 km between Grenoble and Meribel on September 16 2020 Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD AFP Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARDAFP via Getty Images

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It was a trying day for Nairo Quintana, who came in more than 25 minutes down in the company of his brother Dayer. He was a faller on stage 13 and the crash looks to have had a ruinous effect on his Tour thereafter. He drops to 15th overall, more than 20 minutes of a place in the top 10.

Guillaume  Martin (Cofidis) lost 4 minutes on today's stage and just a minute to Alejandro Valverde, which means the Frenchman remains in 11th overall, while the Movistar man moves into the top 10.

Kévin Reza and Bryan Coquard were the last two men inside the time limit today, while the third man in the B&B Hotels-Vital Concept sprint train just missed the cut on the Col de la Loze. 150 riders remain in the Tour for the final four stages. We spoke to Reza on the Tour de France rest day, where he discussed the Black Lives Matter Movement and his return to the Tour after a six-year absence on a team making its debut in the race. Read the full interview here.

Team Vital Concept Cycling Club rider Frances Kevin Reza rides during the 8th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 140 km between CazeressurGaronne and Loudenvielle on September 5 2020 Photo by AnneChristine POUJOULAT AFP Photo by ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP via Getty Images

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Jens Debusschere's elimination came after he sacrificed himself to keep the team's sprinter Coquard in the race ahead of the final ascent. “On the Madeleine I was pretty ok in the group with Sam Bennett, but Bryan was having a hard time and I waited for him. We can't do much here without him, because what's a lead-out man without a sprinter?” Debusschere told Renaat Schotte of Sporza at the finish.

“In the valley I did everything I could to bring him closer. But at the foot of the final climb, I was finished. Then he rode with my approval. It was over.

“In the end, Bryan made it. He does have pain in his knee, but he is getting better every day and he has two more chances. It’s a pity that I have to leave so close to Paris. But it is no different. I came to the team to ride for Bryan and then you have to do everything for that."

Result

1          Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team            4:49:08

2          Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma      00:00:15

3          Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates     00:00:30

4          Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma          00:00:56

5          Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo    00:01:01

6          Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team      00:01:12

7          Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 00:01:20

8          Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 00:01:20

9          Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling            00:01:59

10        Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma   00:02:13

11        Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers       00:02:41

12        Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team     00:02:48

13        Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain McLaren        00:03:30

14        Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis         00:03:59

15        Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ        00:04:09

16        Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo          00:06:12

17        Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team      00:06:53

18        David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates            00:07:15

19        Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma

20        Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic

 

General classification

1          Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma      74:56:04

2          Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates     00:00:57

3          Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team            00:01:26

4          Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo    00:03:05

5          Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 00:03:14

6          Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling            00:03:24

7          Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 00:03:27

8          Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team      00:04:18

9          Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma   00:07:23

10        Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team     00:09:31

11        Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis         00:10:35

12        Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain McLaren        00:12:30

13        Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers       00:19:55

14        Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic    00:25:22

15        Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic    00:30:51

16        Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma          00:35:53

17        Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 00:53:24

18        Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept       00:55:11

19        Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team      01:08:42

20        Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team        01:10:18

 

A full report, results and pictures from today's stage are available here.

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