Tour de France 2018 Stage 17: Mountain victory Quintana, Thomas wins time - Froome drops behind Dumoulin

The Tour de France's 17th stage features 3,126 vertical metres in merely 65 kilometres. Following two intermediate cols Nairo Quintana heads out alone early on the Col du Portet and climbs to victory. Geraint Thomas puts 9 seconds into Tom Dumoulin, who now sits in second as Chris Froome loses time in the final kilometres of the 16 kilometres haul up to the line. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 17th stage 2018 Tour de France

1. Nairo Quintana (col)
2. Daniel Martin (irl) + 0.28
3. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 0.47
4. Primoz Roglic (slo) + 0.52
5. Tom Dumoulin (nld)z.t.
6. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) + 1.05
7. Egan Bernal (col) + 1.33
8. Chris Froome (gbr) + 1.35
9. Mikel Landa (spa) s.t.
10. Ilnur Zakarin (rus) + 2.01

13. Romain Bardet (fra) + 2.35

GC after the 17th stage
1. Geraint Thomas (gbr)
2. Tom Dumoulin (nld) + 1.59
3. Chris Froome (gbr) + 2.31
4. Primoz Roglic (slo) + 2.47
5. Nairo Quintana (col) + 3.30
6. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) + 4.19
7. Mikel Landa (spa) + 4.34
8. Romain Bardet (fra) + 5.13
9. Daniel Martin (irl) + 6.33
10. Jakob Fuglsang (den) + 9.31

11. Alejandro Valverde (spa) + 11.25
12. Ilnur Zakarin (rus) + 11.31

Race report
Tanel Kangert is the first rider to open up a proper gap. Nicolas Edet rejoins him, only to be dropped later. He winds up in a group with KOM leader Julian Alaphilippe, Jésus Herrada and Kristijan Durasek before being dropped again. Chasing further back is a 20-man group with Alejandro Valverde, Adam Yates, Daniel Martínez, Simon Geschke, Gorka Izagirre, Marc Soler, Rafal Majka, Omar Fraile, Franco Pellizotti, Gregor Mühlberger, and Daniel Navarro.

Kangert is the first rider over the top with the group Alaphilippe 15 seconds behind. Soler, Valverde, Majka, Fraile and Navarro reach the crest with a 1 minute deficit. The peloton is 3 minutes down on the sole leader, while the other chasers are somewhere in beween.

Durasek and Alaphilippe rejoin Kangert on the descent before they tackle the Col de Val Louron-Azet with a stable lead. AG2R sets the pace in the peloton and the lead goes down.

Alaphilippe is the first rider over the top ahead of Kangert and Navarro. Majka, Valverde, Martínez and Fraile crest the top after 25 seconds and the peloton is 2 minutes down on the leaders.

On descent Alaphilippe and Kangert head out together and they widen the gap with the group Valverde to more than 1 minute. The polka dot man drops on the early slopes, while Daniel Martin and Nairo Quintana strike in the GC group before the Colombian heads out alone.

Roglic accelerates with Froome on his wheel. Dumoulin claws his way back and regains contact slowly and steadily. Thomas, Bardet, Kruijswijk, Landa and Bernal are the only riders left in his wheel. Poels makes it back a little later.

With 10 kms to climb Kangert is 1.30 ahead of the maillot jaune group. Quintana and Majka gobble him up 8.5 kms before the top. Dan Martin is chasing at 20 seconds.

Quintana goes solo with 6.5 kms to climb. Bardet can’t follow the pace in the GC group.

Dumoulin ups the pace 2 kms before the top. Thomas, Roglic and Kruijswijk are the only riders still in touch, while Froome is dropped. Former ski jumper Roglic smells the podium and kicks. He is not able to dispatch Thomas and Dumoulin is dragging it back with Kruijswijk a little further behind.

Quintana climbs to victory, 28 seconds ahead of Martin. Maillot jaune Thomas kicks in the final 500 metres and crosses the line 5 seconds before Roglic and Dumoulin. He extends his lead to his nearest rivals with 9 seconds thanks to a time bonus, while Froome drops to third, 32 seconds behind the new runner-up Dumoulin. Roglic now sits in fourth, 16 seconds down on the title defender.

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  • Beverly mccann says:

    I appreciate the list of all riders and their teams on one page so if you spot a riders number you can quickly identify him and know his team and who his teammates are

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