The riders face one final week at the Tour de France. Six stages to survive. Six chances for a stage win. Six opportunities to make a move on the green, polka and yellow jerseys. We’ve got you covered from Le Puy-en-Velay to Paris.
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.
Marcel Kittel wins his fifth stage of TDF2017 and his 14th of Tour career. As usual, he timed his sprint to perfection and overtook his opponents with ease. But it was Maciej Bodnar who stole the limelight by attacking from the breakaway group and almost making it to the line … almost. His surge was like a shot of espresso in a quiet (but crash prone) flat stage. All the jerseys stayed on the same shoulders.