Tonight is Stage 17, Bagnères-de-Luchon > Peyragudes, 143.5 km
“Short (143.5 km) but tough! We designed a Pyrenean counterpart to the Alpine stage between Albertville and La Toussuire. But now that we are a mere three days from the finish, if the general classification has not been decided yet this will be the last chance for climbers to build a buffer. There will also be loads of points up for grabs for the mountains classification… The course offers no respite. The first climb is the Col de Menté, famous since 1971, which will be followed by the Col des Ares and the Port de Balès. This will be the first time that the finish is decided on the Plateau de Peyragudes, a ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées.” — Jean-Francios Pescheux Analysis
- Stage 17 preview: Bagnères-de-Luchon → Peyragudes, 144 km (Mountain) [SteepHill]
- Bagnères-de-Luchon >> Peyragudes, Stage 17 (144 km) [SBS Cycling Central]
- July 19, Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Peyragudes 143.5km [CyclingNews]
- 17th Stage – Thursday 19th July Bagnères-de-Luchon > Peyragudes – 143.5 km [EuroSport]
- 2012 Tour de France LIVE – Stage 17 [Cycling Fans]
- Stage 17 – Bagnères-de-Luchon / Peyragudes, 143.5 km [www.letour.fr]
- Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon > Peyragudes [les vaches du tour]
- SBS 2012 Tour Tracker [SBS]
- Tour de France – Bagnères-de-Luchon – Peyragudes “live match” [Eurosports]
- Stage 17 – Bagnères-de-Luchon / Peyragudes, 143.5 km “live” [www.letour.fr]
Stage 17 results
01 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro ESP (MOVISTAR) 4:12:11
02 FROOME, Christopher GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) + 19
03 WIGGINS, Bradley GBR (SKY PROCYCLING)
04 PINOT, Thibaut FRA (FDJ-BIG MAT) + 22
05 ROLLAND, Pierre FRA (EUROPCAR) + 26
06 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen BEL (LOTTO BELISOL)
07 NIBALI, Vincenzo ITA (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) + 37
08 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay USA (BMC RACING) + 54
09 HORNER, Christopher USA (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN) + 1:02
10 MARTIN, Daniel IRL (GARMIN-SHARP) + 1:11
GC after Stage 17
01 WIGGINS, Bradley GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) 78:28:02
02 FROOME, Christopher GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) + 2:05
03 NIBALI, Vincenzo ITA (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) + 2:41
04 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen BEL (LOTTO BELISOL) + 5:53
05 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay USA (BMC RACING) + 8:30
06 EVANS, Cadel AUS (BMC RACING) + 9:57
07 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar ESP (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN) + 10:11
08 ROLLAND, Pierre FRA (EUROPCAR) + 10:17
09 BRAJKOVIC, Janez SLO (ASTANA) + 11:00
10 PINOT, Thibaut FRA (FDJ-BIG MAT) + 11:46
The final day in the Pyrenees saw Alejandro Valverde emerge victorious on the 17th Stage of the Tour de France after a solo ride to the finish over the last 30km.
Valverde (Movistar) left a shattered peloton behind to cross the finish line first at the end of the 143.5km stage from Bagneres-de-Luchon to Peyragudes.
It was Valverde’s third career Tour de France stage victory, and his first since 2008.
– SBS Cycling Central
Race leader Bradley Wiggins came over the finish line of the 143.5 km stage between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Peyragudes on the wheel of Sky teammate Chris Froome at around 18secs later.
The pair had led a frantic chase of Valverde on the day’s fifth and last climb but Valverde, who had broken away from an early escape group on the Col de Peyresourde, dug deep to hold off the British pair.
Froome’s pace, however, did some more damage to Sky’s yellow jersey rivals with Italian Vincenzo Nibali trailing home around 18secs further adrift.
– The Age
The #TrollDJ list from Stage 17;
♫ Van Morrison – Days Like This ~ “When you don’t get betrayed by that old Judas kiss” Hey Nibbles, back to the Peloton!
♫ Pixies – Here come your man ~ Tommy V notching up the KoM points
♫ Muppets (Rowlf Dog) – It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish ~ “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish“
♫ Mission Impossible (Theme) ~ Poor Cadel, not going to be his year
♫ Midnight Oil – King of the Mountain ~ and Valverde King of today’s stage
♫ Will.i.am Feat. Eva Simons – This is Love ~ If you love it like I love it (Closing montage)