The colombian climber Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won solo the 17th stage of the Tour de France, marked by the decline of the British Chris Froome, Wednesday, at the col du Portet. The Welsh Geraint Thomas, third of the stage, has confirmed his yellow jersey after the second of three pyrenean stages, with four days of arrival in Paris.
The altitude of 2215 meters, Quintana has preceded of 28 seconds, the Irishman Dan Martin and 47 seconds of the yellow jersey. The Colombian, second twice in the Tour (2013 and 2015), had not won a stage since 2013.
Froome loses his second place
In the general classification, Froome has left the second place at the Dutch Tom Dumoulin, now pointed to 1 min 59 sec Thomas. The four-time winner of the Tour was released at 1800 meters from the line. Awaited by his team-mate, colombian Egan Bernal, he gave fifty seconds to Thomas.
Romain Bardet has also faltered on the final climb with 6 kilometers of the summit. The French finished about a minute behind Froome.
A starting-innovative, how start grid F1
The stage, picked up about 65 kilometres, with three ascents, has given rise to a scenario traditional despite a departure-innovative, how start grid F1.
The Estonian Tanel Kangert has initiated a breakaway that he continued up to 8.5 kilometres from the finish.
Kangert has been a long time accompanied by the French Julian Alaphilippe who has almost assured his polka dot jersey of best climber.
In the group of favorites, teams of Bardet and Quintana have taken things in hand in the col d’azet-Val Louron, without destabilizing the Sky team. But everything is played in the ultimate climb of 16 kilometers, classified as non-category (8.7% of average slope), and the first time ever on the Tour. Quintana reached on the first ramps of el Portet. A few moments later, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic was started, followed immediately by Froome. But Dumoulin has brought the small group consisting of Thomas and Bardet. At the front, Quintana (age 28) went to his second stage victory in the Tour, five years after his victory at the Semnoz (Haute-Savoie).
On Thursday, the 18th step back in the plain between Trie-sur-Baïse and Pau (171 km), before the last of the collars scheduled for Friday.
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