Stage 17 | La Mure / Serre-Chevalier | Tour de France 2017
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from the Tour de France, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau report on stage 17, which saw the race head into the Alps with the climb of the biggest mountain on the route, the Col du Galibier.
The stage was won by the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, a former ski jumper who descended brilliantly to give Team LottoNL-Jumbo their first victory of the race. We hear from his sports director Nico Verhoeven about how Roglic targeted this specific stage earlier this year.
The race for the yellow jersey saw Rigoberto Uran pinch a crucial time bonus that saw him draw level with Romain Bardet on time, which made it a good day for Richard to spend in Uran’s Cannondale-Drapac team car.
We weigh up what that means looking ahead to tomorrow’s final mountain stage, which finishes on the Col d’Izoard.
Marcel Kittel, winner of five stages and the green jersey, crashed and pulled out of the race, leaving Michael Matthews to inherit the lead in the points competition. We hear from Quick Step’s sports director Brian Holm about a second disappointing day for their team.
The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.