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Watch: Froome distances rival Aru, as Roglic takes first stage win

Pete Muir
19 Jul 2017

Aru drops off podium as Bardet and Uran fight for second spot behind Froome

Highlights - Stage 17 - Tour de France 2017 by tourdefrance_en

On a mountainous day in Alps, including climbs of the Croix de Fer and the Galibier, Team Sky cemented its dominance by controlling the race from start to finish and increasing Chris Froome’s lead on the GC.

He now sits 27 seconds ahead of Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), who are tied for second place. Fabio Aru (Astana), who came in 32 seconds behind Froome on today’s stage, has now dropped to fourth place on GC, 53 seconds behind the leader.

The big winner on Stage 17, however, was Primoz Roglic, who soloed to a memorable victory 1 minute and 13 seconds ahead of the yellow jersey group. It’s his first win in his first Tour de France, and the first stage victory for a Slovenian. 

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) looked lively, attacking the peloton and racing up the Croix de Fer (apparently in a new fastest time) to lead the race for a while. But he was caught by the favourites at the summit of the Galibier and had to settle for eighth, while picking up the combativity award.

The saddest news of the day was the abandonment of Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), who crashed after 20km and later had to pull out of the race owing to his injuries. As a result, the green jersey moves to Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb).

 

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