Primoz Roglic takes stage in Tour de France, Chris Froome remains in Yellow
Jul 19 2017 11:31 pm CET

Primoz Roglic takes stage in Tour de France, Chris Froome remains in Yellow

LottoNL-Jumbo's Primoz Roglic has won the 17th stage of the Tour de France. The Slovenian launched an attack during the ascent of the Galibier and kept the lead until the end.

The first stage in the Alps was 183 kilometres long and featured two hors-category climbs, one of the first category and one of the second.

The movement in the peloton started early when a cut was produced by a fall involving riders like Steven Cummings (Dimension Data), Warren Barguil (Sunweb) and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), and finished with the abandon of the latter. Around 30 riders went ahead after which Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) attacked from the first group and got into the lead.

Meanwhile, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) attacked from the peloton, successfully managing to catch the chasers and help with the hunt for the front riders. Soon enough they caught the leaders and got an advantage of more than four minutes over the pack.

As the kilometres passed by, riders in the front group and in the peloton were dropped. On the last ascent, the Galibier, the lead group was reduced to just Contador, Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Darwin Atapuma (UAE-Team Emirates).

At the last part of the Galibier, Roglic launched an attack and created a gap with the rest of the front group. At the same time, Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) went ahead from the favourites group to try to win back some time, but Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) soon attacked, catching the Irishman and forcing the rest of the favourites to chase.

There were many attacks by favourites during the last metres of the ascent, and they showed that Fabio Aru (Astana) was weaker than the rest. While Roglic kept going solo in the front, the Italian champion was trying to get back to the Yellow Jersey group and avoid losing the podium spot.

At the end of the stage, Roglic became the first Slovenian to win a stage in the Tour de France. Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) crossed the finish line second and Froome third.

Aru lost 30 seconds and fell off the podium. Froome leads the General Classification and is closely followed by Uran and Bardet.
Photo Primoz Roglic (cropped) by LottoNL-Jumbo team



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