Tour de France Stage 17 - Bagnères-de-Luchon to Peyragudes
A Tour de France 2012 contender can lose a lot of time in the mountains. Just ask Cadel Evans, who cracked on the final climb of Stage 16, losing over 4 minutes on the Col de Peyresourde.
Stage 17 from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Peyragudes features five (5) categorized climbs including a finishing catergory 1 climb to the top of the Peyragudes in the Haute Pyrenees, another first for the Tour de France. Featuring the 3rd and final mountaintop finish of the 2012 Tour, Stage 17 represents the last opportunity for GC contenders to make their move.
Nibali, in the 3rd positon, will try again today to dislodge Froome from the second position. Froome showed a bit of weakness on Stage 16 and could crack. Wiggins could also have a bad day, but with a 2:23 lead over Nibali, it would have to be an "Evans" kind of day for Nibali to take over the lead. Those in the top 10 will try to move up a position or two, and those in the top 20 will try to make it into the top 10.
Wiggins showed some strength at the end of Stage 16, and he may want to stamp his authority on this Tour de France by taking a stage win on top of the Peyragudes. Look for it!
- Km 27.5 - Col de Menté (1 349m)9.3 kilometre-long climb at 9.1% - category 1
- Km 55.5 - Col des Ares (797 m)6 kilometre-long climb at 5.3% - category 2
- Km 76.0 - Côte de Burs1.2 kilometre-long climb at 7.6% - category 3
- Km 111.5 - Port de Bales (1 755 m)11.7 kilometre-long climb at 7.7% - category HC
- Km 142.5 - Peyragudes15.4 kilometre-long climb at 5.1% - category 1
Tour de France Stage 17 Results
Alejandro Valverde has not had much of a Tour de France. That was until today when Valverede got in one of the early breaks today and held off a charging Yellow Jersey group to take the win atop the Peyragudes.
Meanwhile, Tommy Voekler secured enough of the points on the early slopes top all but cement the King of the Mountains competition.
Team Sky continued their "Death Star"tactics and rode everybody off their wheels by the end of the stage. 19 seconds after Valverde crossed the line, an all-too-familiar site of the dynamic duo of Froome-Wiggins crossed the line to take second and third place. Unlike the day before, when Nibilicame with them, this time he was dropped on the last climb, finishing 18 seconds behind the Sky Yellow Jersey group.
Stage 17 Top 10 Finishers
|1||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team||4:12:11|
|2||Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling||0:00:19|
|3||Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling|
|4||Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat||0:00:22|
|5||Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar||0:00:26|
|6||Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team|
|7||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale||0:00:37|
|8||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:00:54|
|9||Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan||0:01:02|
|10||Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp||0:01:11|
General Classification after Stage 17
|1||Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling||6:28:02|
|2||Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling||0:02:05|
|3||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale||0:02:41|
|4||Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team||0:05:53|
|5||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:08:30|
|6||Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team||0:09:57|
|7||Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan||0:10:11|
|8||Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar||0:10:17|
|9||Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team||0:11:00|
|10||Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat||0:11:46|
|11||Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale||0:12:58|
|12||Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan||0:14:09|
|13||Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan||0:14:22|
|14||Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank||0:18:34|
|15||Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team||0:22:42|