Simon Geschke Team (Giant-Alpecin) won stage 17 to Pra Loup after attacking a large breakaway group on the slopes of the 2,250m Col d’Allos climb, Geschke held on over the next 35km to win his first Tour de France stage 32 seconds ahead of Cannondale-Garmin rider Andrew Talansky who had given chase. Colombian rider Rigoberto Uran finished third.

Simon Geschke summed up the attack – “It was a very big group to be in. I had to have a try. I had to take my chance to win. It was beautiful,” said a tearful Geschke. “When I had so many minutes advantage, I knew I had a good chance. Incredible.”

Behind there was all sorts of drama going on between the general classification with first Tejay van Garderen abandoning the race from third place with a respiratory infection after fighting off a cold since stage 13. It was a bitter blow for van Garderen who was aiming for a podium position in Paris.

“I want to just disappear right now” – Tejay van Garderen

Alberto Contador’s podium chances were dealt a blow after having a crash on the descent of the Col d”Allos and losing two minutes, Contador drops to sixth place, 6 second behind Geraint Thomas. Chris Froome retains the same 3:10 lead over Nairo Quintana with Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde third a further minute behind. See Video highlights below.

Stage 17 winner Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
Stage 17 winner Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin © ASO/B.Bade
Benoît Vaugrenard  won the intermediate sprint from John Degenkolb and Peter Sagan
Benoît Vaugrenard won the intermediate sprint from John Degenkolb and Peter Sagan © ASO/B.Bade
The peloton passing by Lake Castillon
The peloton passing by Lake Castillon © ASO/B.Bade


Summary – Stage 17 (Digne-les-Bains > Pra Loup… by tourdefrance_en

Results

Top 50 Stage 17 Digne-les-Bains – Pra Loup 161km

PlaceRider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin4:12:17
2Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:32
3Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx – Quick-Step0:01:01
4Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:36
5Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:01:40
6Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:27
7Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:03:02
8Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:04
9Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN – Qhubeka0:03:05
10Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:03:21
11Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:26
12Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN – Qhubeka0:04:50
13Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo0:04:54
14Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN – Qhubeka0:05:55
15Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:05:58
16Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:06
17Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:06:55
18Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:07:16
19Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida
20Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
21Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:07:23
22Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:31
23Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:07:52
24Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:08:18
25Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:08:32
26Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 180:08:47
27Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:09:12
28Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky
29Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:21
30Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
31Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:09:33
32Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:09:50
33Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:09:58
34Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:10:10
35Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
36Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
37José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:00
38Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling0:11:26
39Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN – Qhubeka
40Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:12:11
41Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:12:16
42Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:12:27
43Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:12:40
44Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:13:07
45Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:18
46Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
47Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:42
48Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling0:14:56
49Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis Solutions Credits
50Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida0:15:26

Top 20 General Classification Tour de France after Stage 17

PlaceRider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky69:06:49
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:10
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:09
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:06:34
5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:06:40
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:07:39
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:08:04
8Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:08:47
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:11:47
10Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin0:13:08
11Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:04
12Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:16:25
13Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:17:52
14Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:18:37
15Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN – Qhubeka0:20:07
16Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:20:12
17Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling0:21:14
18Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:26:14
19Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:39:22
20Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:40:48

Stage 18 is the second huge mountain stage of the four mountains stages before the final stage. The stage starts at Gap and finishes 186.5km later at Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne after crossing Col de la Morte and the HC Col du Glandon and several other category 2 and 3 climbs.

Stage 18 Gap - Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 186.5km
Stage 18 Gap – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 186.5km

Tour de France Stage report by TBL – The Bike Lane

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