Big GC battle on stage 17 of Le Tour

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) won stage 17 of the Tour de France, taking the win at the summit of the Col de Portet.

Stage 17 of the Tour de France presented riders with only the 2nd summit finish of the race, as the 178km route through the Pyrenees finished at Sant-Lary-Soulan on the Col du Portet. With two additional climbs before the summit finish though, it was always expected that the GC riders would dominate the stage.

An early break of 6 riders went clear shortly after the stage start, but it did not take long until a number of team’s showed interest in controlling the pace from the peloton. This race situation left Team Qhubeka NextHash with very few options for the day, with only Sergio Henao featuring in the yellow jersey group on the major climbs of the day.

On the final climb, the expected GC showdown took place and it was the overall race leader Tadej Pogacar who again proved he is the strongest rider in the race. The Slovenian out-sprinted Jonas Vingegaard (Team Jumbo-Visma) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) to take the stage win and extend his overall lead in the race.

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