Chris Froome extended his lead in the yellow jersey as former ski jumper Primoz Roglic sailed over the Tour de France's highest mountain to win stage 17. As of now, Froome hasn't won a stage and this is an opportunity for him.
Louis Meintjes is still having the tour of his life. Kittel has five stage victories with two more chances on flat stages Friday and Sunday. At their quickest, the riders descended at 75 kph. Uran was the biggest winner atop the standings, jumping up to second place at 27 seconds behind the yellow jersey.
The bill, at the end, was costly for Aru.
He slipped from second to fourth overall, sinking from 18 to 53 seconds behind race leader Chris Froome (Sky).
The high tempo imposed by Sky stretched out the pack as Jarlinson Pantano heavily crashed on the side of the road and Alberto Contador was dropped.
Roglic's decisive move came with roughly six kilometers to go to the Galibier summit. He explains that arteries carry blood quickly to the leg muscles that need oxygen, but due to the athlete pushing himself to his limits, the blood pools in the veins after being in the legs for a long time, making the veins overly visible. Uran was quicker still, beating Froome to get six bonus seconds for second place.
After sixteen days of turning his pedals over the course, Poljanski shared a picture of his weary legs on his Instagram account.
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Second: it's absolutely abhorrent that a woman could be detained by the police for walking around outside. The story turned out to be about her skirt, which they did not like, ' he said.
Matthews made the most of a slightly uphill section 500 meters from the line and accelerated after Greg Van Avermaet launched the sprint. But that discipline isn't Aru's forte-unlike Froome. "It's not a great thing, but this is cycling and you have to accept the times you lose".
"I was surprised by Aru dropping time today".
While Bardet's repeated bursts of acceleration on the Galibier eventually cracked Aru, they couldn't shake off Froome.
"I did my utmost", Bardet said. The officials saw that.
"If I had done anything wrong the race officials would have told me". Riding with the panache of his glory days, the 35-year-old Spaniard sped away from Froome's group on the second and longest climb, the 24-km (15-mile) ascent to the Col de la Croix-de-Fer. It is available also in ITV4 and EuroSport.
"I really like mountains from when I started cycling", he said.
This Tour de France just keeps on giving.