The longest stage of this year’s Tour de France was animated by the usual suspects: Thomas De Gendt, Jan Bakelants and Jens Keukeleire, who did their bit for breakaway fame. The latter pushed and chased and almost got the win, but were outfoxed by the cunning Edvald Boasson Hagen. Taking the shorter route around a roundabout, the Norwegian then took off at 2km and soloed to the line in what was his first win at the Tour in six years. GC classifications didn’t change, nor did any of the jerseys.
The last summit finish of this year’s Tour de France, the last real chance for GC guys to put time into Chris Froome before Saturday’s time trial. But in the 179km stage, it really was only the last 10km that felt like a race. Warren Barguil already clinched the KOM jersey for 2017 earlier in the stage, but he saw his chance, he attacked out of the yellow jersey group just under the 10km mark to bridge the 2mins and hunt down Darwin Atapuma to take a solo win on the mighty Izoard. Chris Froome was never in difficulty, finishing comfortably in yellow while Romain Bardet took a few seconds from Rigoberto Uran to swap podium places.
Stage 17 of this year’s Tour de France looked like it would be a monster stage with three of the most iconic climbs one right after the other: la Croix de Fer, Telegraphe and Galibier ending with a sweeping descent into Serre Chavelier. The GC contenders, however, were not in the mood to risk much, leaving it to the other jersey fights and super-domestiques to spice up the stage. LottoNL-Jumbo’s Primoz Roglic attacked out of a Contador break 6.5km from the summit of Galibier to solo win his first Tour stage. Chris Froome stayed in yellow.