Tour de France 2017 : Stage 20 – Bodnar fastest, Bardet survives and Froome seals yellow

The race of truth. 22.5km with 33 corners to make the nerves jangle and a savage climb to test the legs and the gearing choices. Maciej Bodnar covered the course in a silky smooth 28.15 mins, beating fellow Pole Michal Kwiatkowski by a single second to take a hugely popular victory. Rigoberto Uran outpaced Romain Bardet to jump onto the second step of the podium despite a contretemps with the barriers. The Frenchman had a nightmare on his TT bike, giving everything to just retain third place by a second from a charging Mikel Landa. Chris Froome never looked anything less than the winner of this year’s Grand Bouclé. Nearly catching Bardet on the line to finish 4th on the day and ride into Paris 54secs to the good.

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Tour de France 2017 : Stage 16 – Michael Matthews victorious after Sunweb crosswind perfection

Team Sunweb delivered a sublime performance from kilometre zero to the finish line that saw Michael Matthews double his victory tally and move within touching distance of the maillot vert. The Australian blasted around the around the final bend, edging out a fast-finishing Edvald Boasson Hagen and a disgruntled John Degenkolb. The threat of crosswinds stalked the peloton all day and when they did hit the only GC contender caught out in the echelon action was Quick Step Floor’s Dan Martin. Chris Froome remains in yellow.

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Tour de France 2017 : Stage 13 – Barguil storms to Bastille Day victory

Warren Barguil nailed his line around the last corner to perfection. Took it wide and exited with all the momentum to hold off his three breakaway companions Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa. The Sunweb man they nickname Wawa claimed the first French victory on Bastille Day since 2005 after a day spent on the attack, more than making up for his Stage 9 disappointment  The top three on GC remain exactly the same with Fabio Aru still holding a 6sec advantage over Chris Froome despite fierce skirmishes all over the Pyrenean parcours. Mikel Landa moves into 5th after joining Contador in a Spanish raid on the Col d’Agnes. The shortest stage in the Tour produced a rip-roaring day of racing – who would have thought that eh?

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