For departure place La Mure it is their first time in the Tour de France. Never before the town hosted La Grande Boucle. After the start the riders set sail for the Col d’Ornon, a 5.1 kilometres climb at 6.7% that’s crested with 30 kilometres done.
Descending into the valley of the Romanche River the route travels north to hit the Col de la Croix de Fer. The climb kicks in hard with steepest ramps of 10% in the first 7 kilometres. A descent brings some relief before other steep slopes appear. All in all, the Croix de Fer is a 24 kilometres toil with with an average gradient of 5.2%. The pass peaks at an elevation of 2,067 metres.
We’re just getting started… Halfway down the descent of the Croix de Fer the riders are halfway today’s stage. The infamous twin Télégraphe/Galibier is coming up next with the first the subset to the last. One of the most feared double-barreled climbs in the world.
The Col du Télégraphe is a steady 11.9 kilometres climb at 7.1% before a 4.5 kilometres drop brings the riders to the base of the Col du Galibier. To pass peaks at 2,642 metres and to get there the riders have to climb 1,225 vertical metres in 17.7 kilometres, therefore the average slope is 6.9%.
The first half of the Galibier is doable. Steeper parts alternate with flatter sections. The last 8 kilometres are with else with an average gradient of almost 9%, while the last kilometres goes up at 10%. After cresting there is 28 kilometres left to race. Basically, it is all downhill until the finish line in Serre Chevalier.
It’s the fourth time a Tour de France stage will finish in the ski resort. Today’s winner steps in the footsteps of Vicente Lopez-Carril (1974), Bernard Thévenet (1975) and Tony Rominger (1993).
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Tour de France 2017 stage 17: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Col du Télegraphe and Col du Galibier
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