Here's the moment 27-year-old Primoz Roglic won today's stage for LottoNL-Jumbo.
La Mure - Serre Chevalier
Tour de France - 19 July 2017
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After that thrilling finale, Chris Froome now leads both Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet by 27 seconds on GC. Fabio Aru drops to fourth at 53 seconds and Mikel Landa stays fifth at 1:24.
Here's today's top ten for Stage 17...
Pauwels and Yates come home over three minutes down - the Belgian distancing the Briton on the home straight. Yates will keep the white jersey, but his gap over Meintjes will be cut.
The Aru and Martin group comes home about 1:44 down on Roglic, so the Italian will move off the podium positions today.
Landa leads the chasing pack onto the home straight... Bardet opens it up... but Uran powers through to take second place, with Froome pipping Bardet on the line. So that's six seconds to Uran and four to Froome. They crossed the line 1:13 down on Roglic.
Victory for Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo, who crosses the line with his arms aloft. Who'd have thought that would happen when the Slovenian crashed earlier on the first climb of the day...
Under the flamme rouge for the Slovakian, who is about to win a stage in his debut Tour - just like he did in his debut Giro last year.
With bonus seconds up for grabs at the finish, we can expect a fierce sprint for second and third place in the yellow jersey group...
Roglic is in time trial mode now as he nears the finish. Only a mechanical or freak crash will stop him now. A great tonic to the LottoNL-Jumbo team following the withdrawal yesterday of George Bennett, and the earlier withdrawal of Robert Gesink in the opening week of the race.
The gap is back up to 1:25 for Roglic, while the Aru group is now more than half a minute behind the Froome chasing group, so the Italian will move off the podium today.
Yates is riding with Pauwels in pursuit of his rivals, but the Briton will be the big loser of the day - although he should still keep the white jersey from Louis Meintjes (who trailed him by 3:58 this morning).
The gap is down to 1:15 but that won't bother Roglic - he just needs to keep out of trouble and, once the road levels out a little, use his time trialling skills to power to the line and a maiden stage win on the Tour.
Roglic is going his best Froome impression by hugging the top tube on this fast descent. He should be fine provided he avoids any mishap. The gap is still 1:27 for the Slovenian. Yates is one minute behind the yellow jersey group, and 35 seconds behind the Aru chasing group.
Landa has rejoined the yellow jersey group. Behind a group forms including Aru, Martin, Meintjes, Contador and Atapuma. Yates is further back.
Once they meet the main road at the top of the Lautaret, the descent to Serre Chevalier is much less technical. Roglic is still 1:28 ahead and so it's looking good for him as long as he can survive these final bends, and avoid a mechanical.
Barguil's lead in the polka dot jersey standings is down to 49 points after Roglic's ride today - and there's still another 58 points up for grabs before the end of the race, so it's still a mathematical possibility that the Slovenian will catch the Frenchman.
Roglic has four riders in pursuit: Froome, Bardet, Uran and Barguil. Aru and Meintjes are another 20 seconds back. Contador seems to have disappeared - ditto Martin and Yates.
This is a hair-raising descent along a twisting, narrow road with sharp drops off the side. Any false move and it's curtains. Roglic has 1:30 now. Heart-in-mouth stuff.
Barguil catched Contador just ahead of the summit, with the yellow jersey group just behind. They trail Roglic by 1:45. Aru and Meintjes have a small gap to close, while Yates is further back.
Atapuma goes over the top about 1:30 down on Roglic.
Over the top goes Roglic to pocket the 20pts on the Galibier - and with it, the prestigious Prix Henri Desgrange.
Bardet attacks and takes Uran, Froome and Martin with him. They pass Pauwels, who was dropped by Contador and Frank...
Simon Yates - hats off - has managed to rejoin the yellow jersey group. And Pauwels is dropped by Contador and Frank. But they trail lone leader Roglic by 1:45, with the yellow jersey group 35 seconds behind.
Barguil attacks! The Frenchman wants some points over the top, especially with Roglic looking destined to pick up another 20 over the summit. Contador, Pauwels and Frank still ride together in pursuit of Atapuma and Roglic.
Aru has managed to rejoin the other favourites alongside Barguil and Meintjes. The Italian struggled with all those accelerations. They have also caught Navarro from the break.
Roglic has a good gap over Atapuma - 1:08 to be precise - as he nears the summit. 2km to go now for the Slovenian. Contador looks to be fading and will be caught by the yellow jersey group soon.
As Froome weaves to the right of the road, Martin puts in another attack. Aru, Barguil and Meintjes have been distanced, with Yates further back. Caruso has gone.
Those surges by Bardet have seen Barguil pegged back. Aru digs deep to drag the others back, with Yates starting to crack. Roglic still leads by 2:25.
Just as it comes back together, Bardet puts in another attack. Froome, Uran, Martin and Landa follow - but once again, Aru struggles to close the gap with Meintjes and Yates.
Martin, Caruso and Landa are closing the gap, while Aru, Meintjes and Yates are a bit further back after that acceleration from Bardet.
Bardet attacks! The Frenchman puts in a big dig... Froome and Uran respond first, but the others are struggling to respond...
Attack by Warren Barguil, who makes his move just as Martin is reeled in. The Sunweb rider passes Brice Feillu and opens up a small gap. Remember - Barguil crashed earlier today, and is wearing a bandage on his right arm and has blood on his right knee and leg.
Now it's Darwin Atapuma's turn to edge ahead of the others in the pursuit of Roglic. Back with the small gap of GC favourites, Landa - his face cool as ice - still sets the tempo as the start to reel in Martin.
Roglic already has 35 seconds on Contador as he passes the 5-to-go banner for this climb. The Spaniard is back with Pauwels, Frank and Atapuma after his fellow escapees rallied and re-joined.
Martin has about 10 seconds on the others, as Nieve drops off the back of this yellow jersey group. Kwiatkowski, amazingly, is still there. What a Tour the Pole is having in support of Chris Froome. Ah, I spoke to soon - now he blows! The Milan-Sanremo winner is pedalling squares all over the road - and can you blame him after all that pacing?
Now Roglic has opened up a gap on the leaders. Contador and Pauwels ride in pursuit, with Atapuma and Frank further back.
Dan Martin makes the first move from the group of GC favourites. Like Contador, the Irishman lost time yesterday in the crosswinds, so it was inevitable that he would have a dig today.
Roglic drags the other escapees back to Pauwels. Frank is struggling to make the connection and drops back a few bike lengths...
Pauwels has now opened up a small gap on the other escapees - but has he gone too early?
Serge Pauwels ups the tempo on the front. Roglic bridges over while Contador pulls the remainder of the leaders back. Still 8km of this climb to go, with the gap down to 2:52. Remember that this climb is followed by a fast 28km descent to Serre Chevalier - so if you go over with a gap, you should be able to keep that gap.
Contador's good friend and former team-mate Dani Navarro has managed to ride back into the leading group, so we're up to six out ahead. They have three minutes on the Sky-led pack of favourites - which includes Bardet, Aru, Vuillermoz, Martin, Uran. Meintjes, Yates, Caruso, Barguil, as well as Nieve, Landa and Kwiatkowski.
Bardet is deep in conversation with his team-mate Alexis Vuillermoz... are they plotting there move? Remember, the two Frenchmen have their Swiss colleague Frank in the leading five-man break, so Ag2R-La Mondiale may try something soon...
Atapuma and Frank are trying to bridge over to the three leaders - Roglic, Contador and Pauwels. It's the Belgian Pauwels who looks in best nick. The Dimension Data rider sets the tempo with his poker face. And Frank and Atapuma have managed to latch on, so we have a group of five out ahead - with a gap of 3:12 over the yellow jersey pack.
It's all perfectly poised and ready to kick off on this final climb...
Bardet is down to one team-mate and Aru has none now... Froome still has his Spanish lieutenants Nieve and Landa, plus Mr Dependable, Kwiatkowski. They trail the leaders by 3:20 but we still have 14km of this climb to go. Quintana, who attacked on the Croix de Fer with Contador, but couldn't keep up with the Spaniard, has been dropped.
ATTACK: Primoz Roglic makes the first move on the Galibier. Alberto Contador chases him down and is joined by Serge Pauwels. The rest of the break has splintered considerably, with Bauke Mollema hitting the wall after putting in a huge and sustained shift for Contador.
The break is onto the Cat.HC Col du Galibier (17.7km at 6.9%). It's steepest at the top where the gradient is a consistent 10%. Back with the pack, it's Daryl Impey who drives the pace for Orica-Scott team-mate Simon Yates as the peloton passes through Valloire.
Mollema, who got his stage win a few days ago, continues to bury himself for team-mate Contador. The gap is down to 3:40 but if Contador can hold on, the Spaniard could win the stage and move back into the top ten.
Roglic is now driving the pace in a bit to pocket those KOM points - which he does, ahead of Mollema. The Slovenian takes 20pts to move above Thomas De Gendt and into second place in the polka dot standings.
Mollema, Feillu, Pauwels, Roglic and Contador front this break in that order - and the gap is up to 4:10 now. They will hit the summit in about 1.5km.
Another withdrawal and another sprinter has left the race: Dan McLay of Fortuneo-Oscaro calls it a day. At this rate, it's going to be a slow sprint finish on the Champs-Elysees - perhaps Andre Greipel will get his win after all...
Ag2R-La Mondiale have numbers in the pack for Romain Bardet but they have just lost Ben Gastauer... The gap is up to four minutes for the break, so it's looking increasingly good for Alberto Contador. One man who will not contest the win is Thomas De Gendt who, after starring earlier today to cross the Croix de Fer in pole position, has now been dropped by the break.
Aru and Dan Martin are still stuck to Froome's wheel, with Bardet also in the mix. It's worth remembering that Froome still only has 18 seconds over Aru, with both Bardet and Uran within 29 seconds. If he leads this race, it's a fragile lead - and not much room for error on the Galibier, Izoard and against the clock into Marseille.
Guillaume Martin, the talented young climber from Wanty, is being dropped by the main pack. The French 24-year-old went down in that earlier crash involving Kittel, Barguil and Cummings. He's 18th on GC so may drop out of the top 20 today.
As Contador rejoins the leading group, Mollema returns to the front and continues his pace-setting duties. The gap is 3:45 for this break, so it's looking good for Contador. Meanwhile, Pantano is caught by the pack, which is being led by Landa, Nieve, Kwiatkowski and Froome.
Frenchman Brice Feillu sets the pace on the front of this break now. The Fortuneo-Oscaro rider is 19th in the overall standings and won a stage of the 2009 Tour in Andorra, so has mountain pedigree... Meanwhile, Vasil Kiryienka has blown in the main pack and drops off the back. He's put in a shift and a half for Team Sky.
MECHANICAL FOR CONTADOR: With Mollema driving the pace on the front of the break, his team-mate stops to change his bike. He seems very calm, but he'll need to chase back on because the Spaniard has to wait for quite a bit before his team car comes to help out.
Jarlinson Pantano is a burnt match for Trek - the Colombian peeling off the break, his work for the day done.
Right, the leaders are about to hit that Telegraph-Galibier double-header. First up is the Cat.1 Col du Telegraph (11.9km at 7.1%).
Pantano, Mollema and Contador drive the pace on this wide road up the Maurienne valley. It's feed time as the riders from both break and peloton pick up musettes ahead of the Telegraph. The gap is 3:15.
Given their strong hand, Trek-Segafredo are being forced to do much of the work in this break as the race hits the valley ahead of the Telegraph. Pantano was driving the pace on the final lip before the last bit of the descent, while Mollema is also present for Contador. The gap is 3:07 - which may not be enough ahead of the uphill challenge to come. After all, we've yet to see the fireworks from the GC favourites - although Contador is Contador, one of those GC favourites himself (at least, before the Tour).
The withdrawal of Kittel means Michael Matthews is now all but guaranteed to wear the green jersey into Paris in five days. The Australian has 364pts in the green jersey standings with his nearest rival now Andre Greipel of Lotto Soudal on 204pts. It's a shame for Matthews to take over in such circumstances - especially given all the hard work he and his Sunweb team had done to turn things round the right way.
BREAKING NEWS: Marcel Kittel has abandoned the Tour. The German has been leading the green jersey competition for the best part of a fortnight but he crashed earlier today and his race is over. A huge blow for Quick-Step Floors.
Jarlinson Pantano leads the chasing riders over to the two leaders. so we now have a leading group of around 24 riders with a gap of three minutes to play with ahead of the Telegraph and Galibier.
De Gendt and Navarro have hit the first of two uphill lips that breaks up this descent. They still have 20 seconds on the chasing group and a further three minutes on the yellow jersey pack.
It's worth adding that Primoz Roglic picked up 12pts for third place over that last climb, to consolidate his third place in the KOM standings.
Sylvain Chavanel is caught by the yellow jersey group as Kwiatkowski comes to the front to usher Chris Froome down this long descent.
The peloton go over the top with a deficit of 3:20. It's perfectly poised for fireworks on the Telegraph and Galibier - coming right up after this descent.
The Contador chasing group pass over the summit about 25 seconds down on the two leaders.
The leaders go over the top and it's Thomas De Gendt who leads the way ahead of Dani Navarro to pick up 20pts in the KOM standings, to go with his earlier 3pts. So he's up to 61pts - still somewhat shy of the polka dot jersey of Warren Barguil, who has 117pts.
Our two leaders are within one click of the summit now as they hold a 30-second gap over the chasers and just over three minutes ahead of the pack.
With the chasers closing in, Matthews is dropped by De Gendt and Navarro around 3.5km from the summit. A superb effort from the Australian today, who earlier moved within 9pts of Marcel Kittel's green jersey after picking up the intermediate sprint after the first of today's four climbs.
De Gendt, Navarro and Matthews have 30-odd seconds on a 23-man chase group that includes Cyril Gautier and Mathias Frank (AG2R-La Mondiale), Jesus Herrada (Movistar), Alberto Contador and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Amaël Moinard and Nicolas Roche (BMC), Darwin Atapuma (UAE), Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe), Robert Kiserlovski (Katusha-Alpecin), Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac), Ondrej Cink (Bahrain-Merida), Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Oscaro).
A few rain drops falling although we're assured that the second part of the stage should be dry...
Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) has abandoned the race. He's been really struggling in this race having ridden the Giro d'Italia earlier this summer. So, that's just three riders left now for FDJ - what a shambles for the French team!
Bike change for Warren Barguil, the polka dot jersey, who is smiling despite having some gauze on his right elbow following that earlier crash. Meanwhile, Dani Navarro of Cofidis has joined the two leaders, De Gendt and Matthews.
Contador has now made contact with the 25-man chase group and his Trek team-mate Bauke Mollema, who won stage 15 a few days ago in Le Puy-en-Velay. Jarlinson Pantano is also there - the Colombian crashed yesterday but seems to be ok today.
Contador is now back on his own after shedding his breakaway ballast. Whatever happens today, you have to congratulate the Spaniard for animating this race.
Meanwhile, Contador and Gogl have caught Van Baarle and Edet from the break. And just as they have Esteban Chaves in their sights, Gogl peels off - his job done for the day.
Albert Timmer of Sunweb is the latest rider from the break to be caught by the Kiryienka-led pack. Sunweb still have Matthews on the front of the race with De Gendt, and Geschke in the main break.
Michael Gogl has dropped back from the break and the Pole is now pacing his Trek team-mate Contador for this final part of the climb - good teamwork there. They're 25 seconds behind the break, 1:50 behind the two leaders and 2:20 ahead of the pack.
Nicolas Roche of BMC has attacked from the break - the Irishman has clearly just heard that his former Tinkoff team-mate Contador is closing in.
Chris Froome has Fabio Aru and the Astana army on his back wheel, with four Sky team-mates just ahead of him: Mikel Landa, Vasil Kiryienka, Mikel Nieve and the irrepressible Michal Kwiatkowski. They trail Contador by 2:45 and the leaders by 4:10.
Here's a video of that crash we saw before the first climb, with Steve Cummings riding into a field via a ditch, and both Kittel and Barguil among the many who hit the deck.
Quintana is caught by the pack after one of the downhill breaks in this interminable climb. Meanwhile, Matthews and De Gendt still have 1:40 over the break.
Contador already has 1:30 on the pack - plus he has Trek-Segafredo team-mates Mollema, Pantano and Gogl in the break just ahead. What a move this could prove to be.
Vasil Kiryienka and Michal Kwiatkowski lead the tempo for Team Sky, who have lost Luke Rowe and Sergio Henao. They're digging deep as a result of all these attacks - and there are many riders who have suffered accordingly. The peloton is down to about 40 riders, with Pierre Latour one of those who have been spat out the back. The Frenchman is 13th on GC at the moment.
The legs aren't responding for Quintana, who this time is dropped by Contador, who dances clear. Exciting stuff from the Spaniard, who is going for broke today. He has 45 seconds on the pack, which now trails the two leaders by 4:40.
Quintana starts to fade but Conador is having nothing of it, who turns round and gesticulates wildly in a bid to revive their partnership.
Contador and Quintana are starting to open up a small gap - but they may struggle in the long run...
Wonderful to see Contador and Quintana try something so early on in this stage. Neither pose a huge threat to Froome, but Team Sky will remain vigilant. Contador was 6:16 down in 10th place this morning while Contador was 7:10 down in 11th.
ATTACK: Alberto Contador has a dig - and takes Quintana with him. Latour tries to follow but the Frenchman can't match their pace.
Alexander Kristoff is also off the back of the peloton after his crash...
Quintana's attack has come to nothing, with Luke Rowe of Team Sky affording the Colombian a wry smile as he's pegged back by the pack.
Marcel Kittel, with an ice pack on his right shoulder and a gauze on his right elbow, has been dropped by the pack. It's going to be a long day for the German, whose grip on the green jersey looks weaker by the hour.
ATTACK: Chris Froome ups the tempo, the Colombian deciding that the pace is not high enough. His move is covered by Pierre Latour of Ag2R-La Mondiale and one of Fabio Aru's Astana team-mates. No reaction from Team Sky, who are still waiting for their leader Froome to rejoin them on the front. Quintana moved up to 10th yesterday. The Movistar rider admitted that it was a mistake of him to try and go for a Giro-Tour double this year.
Our two leaders Thomas De Gendt and Michael Matthews have 1:30 on the chasing group of 31 riders, with the peloton riding at almost six minutes. Team Sky still control the peloton, although Chris Froome has just dropped back for an expected comfort break.
If the Ornon was just an amuse-bouche, the next climb is very much a hearty entree. The Cat.HC Col de la Croix de Fer is 24km long at a misleading average gradient of 5.2%. That's because it includes the two downhill steps; the reality is that it's a long slog that includes several double-digit ramps. The Croix de Fer has been used on 18 previous occasions in the Tour - most recently in 2015 when Alexandre Geniez of FDJ led over the summit in a stage that saw team-mate Thibaut Pinot win on Alpe d'Huez.
We're hearing that Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) crashed in the peloton. The Norwegian has had a rotten Tour. Hardly a factor in the sprints, he's without a win in this race since 2014.
Matthews wins the intermediate sprint - uncontested - ahead of De Gendt. And that's job done for the Australian, who can put his feet up for the rest of the stage. He probably won't though. Knowing Bling, he'll burying himself for team-mate Warren Barguil and his tilt for the polka dot jersey... So, Matthews is now just 9pts behind Kittel (who crashed earlier) in the green jersey standings.
Our leading duo have 40 seconds on the other escapees as they approach the intermediate sprint. What a coup for Matthews, who has been one of the stand-out riders in the second half of the Tour.
So, Team Sunweb's brilliance is shining through once again today after their masterclass yesterday. Not only has Matthews protected Barguil's KOM lead over the Ornon, he will now move within 9pts of Kittel's green jersey tally in the intermediate sprint. Here's something I wrote about the contrasting fortunes of Sunweb and Kittel's Quick-Step Floors team yesterday...
The yellow jersey group are led through the summit by Team Sky around five minutes down on the 30-man break, from which De Gendt and Matthews have opened up a small gap on the descent.
Team Sunweb's cohesion and teamwork shines bright as Michael Matthews beats Thomas De Gendt to the 5pts over the top of the Col d'Ornon, whereby protecting the polka dot lead of his team-mate Warren Barguil, who went down in that earlier crash. Is there anything Matthews can't do?
Roglic is no stranger to hitting the deck: the LottoNL-Jumbo rider crashed in the opening time trial in Dusseldorf, crashed twice in one day a week later, and has now kissed the concrete once again. But he's managed to rejoin the leading group, which is being driven by Matthews' Sunweb team-mates. The gap is up to 4:20.
CRASH: Roglic goes down in the break! The Slovenian former ski jumper hits a pothole and loses his footing on the climb, and falls over on his left flank. He's back up and on his way, but that's not the best way to start the climb. Roglic and De Gendt will have targeted the KOM points in order to revive their respective tilts for the polka dot jersey: they're both on 38 points and need to get closer to Barguil fast.
Some interesting names in this leading group of 30 riders: Pauwels, Mollema, Gallopin, Chavanel, Roche, Navarro, Kiserlovski, Frank, Pantano, Roglic, Castroviejo, Moinard, Molard, Chaves, Gautier, Matthews, De Gendt, Geschke, Atapuma, Van Baarle, Poljanski, Edet, Bettiol, Cink, Wyss, Swift, Voeckler, Gogl and Timmer. They already have the best part of three minutes to play with.
Although the road has been going up for quite some time, it's only now that the race has moved onto the Cat.2 Col d'Ornon proper - it's 5.1km at 6.7%. There are 55 points available today so whatever happens - provided he finishes - Barguil will still be in polka dots tonight.
Team Sunweb are in a bit of a quandry: they were setting a fast pace before that crash happened, but saw their polka dot jersey Warren Barguil go down. The Frenchman will want points today - plus a possible second stage win - but Matthews also needs points for his jersey quest. Barguil's need is not as drastic: the 25-year-old currently leads the KOM standings on 117 points with his two nearest rivals - Primoz Roglic and Thomas De Gendt - way back on 38 points.
No surprise to see Michael Matthews, yesterday's winner, in a large break that has formed off the back of that crash. Matthews’ victory yesterday saw the 26-year-old move within 29 points of Kittel in the fierce battle for the green jersey - and with an intermediate sprint in the valley after the first climb, the Australian could move within 9pts of the green summit.
Not good news for two of our classification leaders: Marcel Kittel and Warren Barguil have both gone down in this crash. Barguil, the polka dot jersey, is back on his way - but that will be a blow for his chances today. But it's not so good for Kittel, who will start this first climb with a huge deficit. He looks to be in quite a bit of pain. Cumming went right over his handlebars as he rode off the road and into the field - but at least it was a soft landing for the British national champion.
CRASH: Around a dozen riders hit the deck in the middle of the peloton - including Steve Cummings of Dimension Data, who is forced to take evasive action and ride into a field.
Still no break has formed. The latest two riders at the front of a feisty peloton are Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Jonathan Castroviejo of Movistar. But they've been given nothing by the animated pack.
Yesterday, race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) kept out of trouble in the crosswinds and finished in the lead group alongside rivals Fabio Aru (Astana), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) to retain his yellow jersey. Froome leads Aru by 18 seconds, Bardet by 23 seconds and Uran by 29 seconds ahead of back-to-back days in the high Alps. But it was a bad day for Alberto Contador, Louis Meintjes and Dan Martin, who all got caught out in the splits. Quick-Step's Martin came home 51 seconds in arrears to drop to seventh place in the general classification at the expense of Spaniard Mikel Landa of Team Sky and Simon Yates of Orica-Scott.
Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel is on the attack now. He was one of those riders who reeled in Gautier and is now trying to make a gap on the front - just like he did yesterday. The Direct Energie veteran is riding his 17th consecutive Grand Tour and now has Alessandro De Marchi of BMC with him. Bahrain-Merida have two riders in pursuit - Arashiro and Grmay.
Numerous riders have tried their luck early on today - the latest being Frenchman Cyril Gautier of AG2R-La Mondiale, who has a small gap over the peloton with a handful of riders trying to bridge over.
Here's the official stage profile for today's gruelling stage - the classic Massif des Ecrins Alpine circuit that hasn't been run on the Tour since 2011.
One non-starter today: Marcel Seiberg of Lotto Soudal clearly doesn't fancy these climbs and has called it a day.
The remaining 172 riders get this stage under way after Christian Prudhomme waves the flag from the back of his red Skoda. Game on!
Yesterday, Team Sunweb put on a crosswinds masterclass in an animated Stage 16 to drop Marcel Kittel and deliver his green jersey rival Michael Matthews to a second win of the race. Meanwhile, Chris Froome stayed out of trouble to retain his slender lead with five days remaining.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Big One - it's stage 17 of the 2017 Tour de France and the first of back-to-back rides in the Alps: a 176.5km run from La Mure to Serre Chavelier via the small matters of the Ornon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe and Galibier...