López wins and rises in Tour de France, Roglic takes time on Pogacar

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Miguel Ángel López has won the seventeenth stage in the Tour de France. The Colombian from Astana jumped away from Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar, who fought each other on the col de la Loze. The classification was completely mixed up behind those two.

With healthy trembling legs, the peloton started the 170 kilometer expedition. The first 88 kilometers did not yet have any major climbing violence, but the riders themselves took care of that. From the start it was an attack, kilometer after kilometer. Thomas De Gendt was the driving force behind all attempts that were made for a long time, but again he was not in the decisive selection.

Five strong riders in the leading group towards the first climb

At least fifty to sixty riders tried to participate, but only five really got away. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Richard Carapaz (INEOS), Lennard Kämna (BORA), Dan Martin (ISN) and Gorka Izagirre (Astana) found each other. Daryl Impey tried to join in on behalf of Mitchelton-Scott, but ended up in a well-known chasse potato. When the intermediate sprint was planned after 45 kilometers, Impey gave in.

The five front runners turned around well and after fifty kilometers had three minutes together on the peloton. Sam Bennett again ran two points on Peter Sagan in the intermediate sprint, which brought the green around his shoulders even more firmly. In the kilometers that followed, the race was long in the fold, until kilometer 88, when the foot of Col de la Madeleine was reached. 17.1 kilometers at 8.4 percent, with a six-minute lead for the leading group.

Bahrain McLaren accelerates, leading group thins out

Surprisingly, the Col de la Madeleine already became a true battlefield in the peloton. Mikel Landa put his Bahrain McLaren teammates in the lead and one by one they accelerated. Nairo Quintana released early and was able to forget a classification for good. The group that could keep up with the pace consisted of no more than fifty riders. Wout Poels also did a lot of head work for Landa and thus proved to be on the mend. Pogacar took some mountain points at the top and with that pushed Benoît Cosenfroy out of the mountain jersey after fifteen (!) Stages.

In the leading group, the pace was normal on the first climb. Kämna had to pay for his efforts from the sixteenth stage (which he won) and was the first to release. The other four crossed the top together. Then it turned out that Alaphilippe, Izagirre and Carapaz fell much better than Martin, who became the second victim in the front. We had three refugees left towards the final climb and the peloton, led by Bahrain McLaren, had reduced the gap from six to two minutes.

Poels and Bilbao increase pressure, Alaphilippe dissolves

After a bit of valley, the leading group and the peloton arrived at the foot of the Col de la Loze, an irregular monster of more than 21 kilometers. Bahrain McLaren again took the pace in the peloton, further reducing the two-minute deficit. Only fourteen kilometers from the finish, Poels thought it best and Pello took over Bilbao. The pace immediately took off again, with 1.14 minutes left for the three front runners in that phase.

It was reason for Carapaz to give it a blow and that was fatal for Alaphilippe. The Frenchman immediately squeezed the brakes to save himself, Carapaz and Izagirre were left in the front. Bilbao, however, went crazy and so the difference at nine kilometers from the end was only nineteen seconds. Once again reason for Carapaz to accelerate one more time. Izagirre was there for the effort. Carapaz was on his own.

Carapaz is running out, favorites are allowed

As if the Ecuadorian had anything left, Carapaz ran out when Bilbao left the lead and Damiano Caruso was Landa’s last servant in the lead. Nineteen seconds became 25 seconds and 25 seconds became 44 seconds five kilometers from the end. However, the favorites still had to come out of their loft and Guillaume Martin was no longer there. The last French Tour hop also emptied and had to release early in the climb. Primoz Roglic still had Tom Dumoulin and Sepp Kuss with him.

At four kilometers from the end, David de la Cruz still did work for Tadej Pogacar and that cost Landa and Rigoberto Urán of all things. Adam Yates and Dumoulin also had to pass. When Miguel Ángel López went, Enric Mas and Richie Porte went down, leaving us only Roglic, Pogacar, López and Kuss. Carapaz’s lead was suddenly only twelve seconds.

López goes solo, Roglic and Pogacar compete for seconds

In the last steep kilometers it was a change between the big men and Kuss. The American attacked first and immediately got López on his wheel. The Colombian pulled through and was thus alone in the lead when Carapaz was outdated. Roglic was attracted by Kuss and drove Pogacar into a hole. López was the first to cross the line after a hand-to-hand fight, fifteen seconds ahead of Roglic. Pogacar limited the damage somewhat to fifteen seconds on Roglic.

The other favorites in the rankings gave in more. Porte and Mas were the first to cross the line after the lead and Landa and Yates already gave in a good minute. Urán and Dumoulin lost even more.

Results stage 17 Tour de France

1. Miguel Ángel López
2. Primoz Roglic +0.15
3. Tadej Pogacar +0.30
4. Sepp Kuss +0.56
5. Richie Porte +1.01
6. Enric Mas +1.12
7. Mikel Landa +1.20
8. Adam Yates ”
9. Rigoberto Urán +1.59
10. Tom Dumoulin +2.13

Klassement na etappe 17 Tour de France

1. Primoz Roglic
2. Tadej Pogacar +0.57
3. Miguel Ángel López +1.26
4. Richie Porte +3.05
5. Adam Yates +3.14
6. Rigoberto Urán +3.24
7. Mikel Landa +3.27
8. Enric Mas +4.18
9. Tom Dumoulin +7.23
10. Alejandro Valverde +9.31

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(photo: Sirotti)

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