KOM Jersey Tactics Help Rafal Majka At Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN

SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France, July 23, 2014 (AFP) – Rafal Majka won his second
stage of the 2014 Tour de France on Wednesday and also extended his lead in
the King of the Mountains standings.

And the 24-year-old Pole revealed that it was his team manager Bjarne
Riis’s tactical nous that helped him both win the tough 124.5km Pyrenean stage
and hold onto the polkadot jersey.

Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez had started the day just a point behind Majka in
the mountains classification but picked up 24 points to Majka’s 10 over the
first three first category climbs.

But the 35-year-old was nowhere to be seen when Majka crossed the line at
Saint-Lary at the end of the final hors category ascent.

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“Bjarne told me not to go for the King of the Mountain points (on the first
three climbs), he said ‘wait, wait, wait, you’ll get double points at the
finish’,” said Majka.

Majka picked up 50 points for finishing first with Rodriguez coming over
the line in 31st place, meaning the Pole now leads Vincenzo Nibali, the yellow
jersey wearer, by 31 points.


Tour de France 2014 – Etape 17 – Rafal Majka l’emporte pour la 2e fois sur ce Tour by Cyclismactu

Nibali extended his overall lead by 49sec to 5:26 ahead of Alejandro
Valverde.

French veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud was the big mover amongst the leading
six, closing to just 8sec of Thibaut Pinot in third place as he finished
alongside Nibali.

On Tuesday morning Peraud was sixth overall and more than a minute behind
his teammate Bardet in third.

But the 37-year-old has steadily climbed the standings and with one
mountain stage left on Thursday — in which the epic Tourmalet and Hautacam
mountains will be climbed — Peraud is in a good position to finish on the
podium.

He is a better timetriallist than any of those competing for a top three
finish.

Just as he did in the second of the two Alpine stages, Peraud proved the
only rider capable of holding onto Nibali’s wheel when the Italian accelerated
on the final climb.

“I’m very happy with my form: hanging onto Nibali in the third week! I had
the good fortune of having him as a point of reference. He worked with me and
I thank him for that,” said the AG2R rider, who was ninth at the Tour in 2011.

Peraud spent a lot of time just tagged onto Nibali’s back wheel but the
Italian said that didn’t bother him as he put time into Valverde and Pinot.


Tour de France 2014 – Etape 17 – Alejandro Valverde : “J’ai eu un moment difficile, j’avoue” by Cyclismactu

“For me it was important to gain some seconds. (Peraud) is quite far behind
(6:08) so he’s not a danger to me,” said the 29-year-old Astana leader.

“I was looking to gain time on my main rivals. It was a very tough day so
I’m very satisfied with how it went.”


Tour de France 2014 – Etape 17 – Vincenzo Nibali, maillot jaune by Cyclismactu

Even so, Nibali refused to pop the champagne corks just yet.

“It’s true that Valverde lost some time today but he’s going well. There’s
still another tough day tomorrow and then we’ve also got a 54km timetrial
before I can weigh up where I am.”

A series of different breakaway groups throughout the day eventually ended
up with a 14-strong one at the foot of the final climb.

Four men got away before Giovanni Visconti, who like Nibali is Sicilian,
took off on his own.

Majka had accelerated a couple of times out of the bunch but Rodriguez
refused to work with him and just settled behind his wheel.

But when the Pole went a third time he got clear and gradually chased down
Visconti.

The pair rode together for a while before Majka attacked and the Italian,
who finished second on the stage, could not respond.

Nibali gobbled up the stragglers from the breakaway group and crossed the
line third, with Peraud fourth.

Valverde showed his experience by hanging in when he was dropped by an
acceleration from Pinot, that was followed by Bardet and American Tejay Van
Garderen.

But Valverde let two teammates pace him back up to the young trio and he
even gained 5sec on them with a little burst just before the line.

Results from the 17th
stage of the Tour de France, a 124.5km ride from Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary
on Wednesday:

1. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 3hr 35min 23sec
2. Giovanni Visconti (ITA/MOV) at 0:29.
3. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 0:46.
4. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 0:46.
5. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA/CAN) 0:49.
6. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 0:52.
7. Frank Schleck (LUX/TRE) 1:12.
8. Bauke Mollema (NED/BKN) 1:12.
9. Nicolas Roche (IRL/TIN) 1:25.
10. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 1:35.
11. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 1:40.
12. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 1:40.
13. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 1:40.
14. Laurens ten Dam (NED/BKN) 1:50.
15. Jon Izagirre (ESP/MOV) 1:50.
16. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 2:01.
17. Kristijan Durasek (CRO/LAM) 2:05.
18. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TRE) 2:34.
19. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL/LTB) 2:52.
20. Amaël Moinard (FRA/BMC) 3:02.
21. José Herrada Lopez (ESP/MOV) 3:39.
22. John Gadret (FRA/MOV) 3:54.
23. Leopold König (CZE/APP) 3:54.
24. Ben Gastauer (LUX/ALM) 3:54.
25. Marcel Wyss (SUI/IAM) 4:54.
26. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 5:02.
27. Peter Velits (SVK/BMC) 5:25.
28. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/BKN) 5:40.
29. Chris Horner (USA/LAM) 5:40.
30. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 5:40.
31. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 5:54.
32. Brice Feillu (FRA/BSE) 6:12.
33. Jan Bakelants (BEL/OPQ) 6:36.
34. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/IAM) 7:38.
35. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 7:38.
36. Arnold Jeannesson (FRA/FDJ) 8:06.
37. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC) 9:27.
38. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/EUC) 9:27.
39. Alex Howes (USA/GRM) 14:07.
40. Johan Van Summeren (BEL/GRM) 14:17.
41. Michael Schär (SUI/BMC) 14:17.
42. Michael Rogers (AUS/TIN) 14:17.
43. Bram Tankink (NED/BKN) 14:17.
44. Peter Stetina (USA/BMC) 14:17.
45. Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI/IAM) 14:17.
46. Perrig Quemeneur (FRA/EUC) 14:17.
47. Benjamin King (USA/GRM) 14:17.
48. Jan Bárta (CZE/APP) 14:17.
49. Luis Ángel Maté (ESP/COF) 14:17.
50. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 14:17.
51. Michele Scarponi (ITA/AST) 14:17.
52. Nélson Oliveira (POR/LAM) 14:17.
53. Paul Voss (GER/APP) 14:17.
54. Tiago Machado (POR/APP) 14:17.
55. Jeremy Roy (FRA/FDJ) 14:17.
56. Matthew Busche (USA/TRE) 14:17.
57. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 14:17.
58. Rein Taaramae (EST/COF) 14:17.
59. David Lopez (ESP/SKY) 14:17.
60. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN/EUC) 14:17.
61. Bartosz Huzarski (POL/APP) 14:17.
62. José Joaquin Rojas (ESP/MOV) 16:08.
63. Rudy Molard (FRA/COF) 16:49.
64. Cedric Pineau (FRA/FDJ) 16:49.
65. Sergio Paulinho (POR/TIN) 16:49.
66. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA/FDJ) 16:49.
67. Alexandre Pichot (FRA/EUC) 16:49.
68. Anthony Delaplace (FRA/BSE) 16:49.
69. Markel Irizar (ESP/TRE) 16:49.
70. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LTB) 16:49.
71. Florian Guillou (FRA/BSE) 16:49.
72. Benat Intxausti (ESP/MOV) 16:49.
73. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) 16:49.
74. José Serpa Perez (COL/LAM) 16:49.
75. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ/AST) 17:00.
76. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/SKY) 17:06.
77. Matteo Montaguti (ITA/ALM) 19:37.
78. Arnaud Gerard (FRA/BSE) 19:37.
79. Christian Meier (CAN/ORI) 19:37.
80. Blel Kadri (FRA/ALM) 19:37.
81. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 19:37.
82. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 22:26.
83. Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ/AST) 22:52.
84. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 22:52.
85. Tony Martin (GER/OPQ) 23:32.
86. Jens Voigt (GER/TRE) 23:32.
87. Koen de Kort (NED/GIA) 23:32.
88. Bernhard Eisel (AUT/SKY) 23:32.
89. Martin Elmiger (SWI/IAM) 23:32.
90. Jens Keukeleire (BEL/ORI) 23:32.
91. Marco Marcato (ITA/CAN) 23:32.
92. Fabio Sabatini (ITA/CAN) 23:32.
93. Sébastien Minard (FRA/ALM) 23:32.
94. Florian Vachon (FRA/BSE) 23:32.
95. Gregory Rast (SUI/TRE) 23:32.
96. Lars Boom (NED/BKN) 23:32.
97. Roy Curvers (NED/GIA) 23:32.
98. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LTB) 23:32.
99. Andreas Schillinger (GER/APP) 23:32.
100. Michael Albasini (SWI/ORI) 23:32.
101. Luke Durbridge (AUS/ORI) 23:32.
102. Michael Morkov (DEN/TIN) 23:32.
103. Kévin Reza (FRA/EUC) 23:32.
104. Maarten Wijnants (BEL/BKN) 23:32.
105. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 23:32.
106. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/BKN) 23:32.
107. Matteo Tosatto (ITA/TIN) 23:32.
108. Simon Clarke (AUS/ORI) 23:32.
109. Tom Leezer (NED/BKN) 23:32.
110. Jérôme Pineau (FRA/IAM) 23:32.
111. Maciej Bodnar (POL/CAN) 23:32.
112. John Degenkolb (GER/GIA) 23:32.
113. Daniele Bennati (ITA/TIN) 23:40.
114. Daniel Oss (ITA/BMC) 23:40.
115. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) 23:42.
116. Jean-Marc Marino (FRA/CAN) 23:52.
117. Yohann Gene (FRA/EUC) 24:01.
118. Albert Timmer (NED/GIA) 24:14.
119. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC) 24:14.
120. Jürgen Roelandts (BEL/LTB) 24:51.
121. Roger Kluge (GER/IAM) 24:51.
122. Zakkari Dempster (AUS/APP) 24:51.
123. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA/AST) 25:33.
124. Rubén Plaza (ESP/MOV) 25:43.
125. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 25:43.
126. Michal Golas (POL/OPQ) 25:59.
127. Niki Terpstra (NED/OPQ) 25:59.
128. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 25:59..

129. José Mendes (POR/APP) 25:59.
130. Danny Pate (USA/SKY) 25:59.
131. Kristjan Koren (SLO/CAN) 26:16.
132. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/GRM) 26:50.
133. Davide Cimolai (ITA/LAM) 26:50.
134. Svein Tuft (CAN/ORI) 27:46.
135. André Greipel (GER/LTB) 27:46.
136. Tom Slagter (NED/GRM) 27:46.
137. Mickael Delage (FRA/FDJ) 27:46.
138. Adam Hansen (AUS/LTB) 27:46.
139. Armindo Fonseca (FRA/BSE) 27:46.
140. Elia Viviani (ITA/CAN) 27:46.
141. Benoit Jarrier (FRA/BSE) 27:46.
142. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/IAM) 27:46.
143. Lieuwe Westra (NED/AST) 27:46.
144. Vladimir Isaichev (RUS/KAT) 27:46.
145. Jack Bauer (NZL/GRM) 27:46.
146. Matteo Trentin (ITA/OPQ) 27:46.
147. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA/OPQ) 27:46.
148. Julien Simon (FRA/COF) 27:46.
149. Jean-Marc Bideau (FRA/BSE) 27:46.
150. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) 27:46.
151. Gatis Smukulis (LAT/KAT) 27:46.
152. Mark Renshaw (AUS/OPQ) 27:46.
153. Sébastian Langeveld (NED/GRM) 27:46.
154. Mickaël Cherel (FRA/ALM) 27:46.
155. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 27:46.
156. Luca Paolini (ITA/KAT) 27:46.
157. William Bonnet (FRA/FDJ) 27:46.
158. Romain Feillu (FRA/BSE) 27:46.
159. Ji Cheng (CHN/GIA) 27:46.
160. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BMC) 27:46.
161. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/ALM) 27:54.
162. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LTB) 27:56.
163. Cyril Lemoine (FRA/COF) 27:56.
164. Adrien Petit (FRA/COF) 27:56.
165. Tom Veelers (NED/GIA) 28:55.
166. Marcel Kittel (GER/GIA) 28:56

Overall standings after
the 17th stage of the Tour de France, a 124.5km ride from Saint-Gaudens to
Saint-Lary on Wednesday:

1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 76hr 41min 28sec
2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) at 5:26.
3. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 6:00.
4. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 6:08.
5. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 7:34.
6. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 10:19.
7. Bauke Mollema (NED/BKN) 11:59.
8. Laurens ten Dam (NED/BKN) 12:16.
9. Leopold König (CZE/APP) 12:40.
10. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 13:15.
11. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TRE) 14:26.
12. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL/LTB) 16:08.
13. Frank Schleck (LUX/TRE) 18:03.
14. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 28:00.
15. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 31:00.
16. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/BKN) 31:00.
17. Brice Feillu (FRA/BSE) 32:14.
18. Chris Horner (USA/LAM) 34:48.
19. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 36:09.
20. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 36:41.
21. John Gadret (FRA/MOV) 37:01.
22. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 37:25.
23. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 47:04.
24. Ben Gastauer (LUX/ALM) 48:12.
25. Jan Bakelants (BEL/OPQ) 49:54.
26. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC) 50:35.
27. Peter Velits (SVK/BMC) 53:48.
28. Michael Rogers (AUS/TIN) 58:22.
29. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LTB) 1h03:47.
30. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) 1h16:28.
31. Arnold Jeannesson (FRA/FDJ) 1h22:29.
32. Marcel Wyss (SUI/IAM) 1h23:31.
33. Luis Ángel Maté (ESP/COF) 1h23:35.
34. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 1h25:51.
35. Jon Izagirre (ESP/MOV) 1h29:55.
36. Bram Tankink (NED/BKN) 1h33:46.
37. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/IAM) 1h34:37.
38. Peter Stetina (USA/BMC) 1h36:11.
39. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 1h36:23.
40. Giovanni Visconti (ITA/MOV) 1h39:26.
41. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/EUC) 1h42:14.
42. Amaël Moinard (FRA/BMC) 1h43:09.
43. Nicolas Roche (IRL/TIN) 1h43:57.
44. José Joaquin Rojas (ESP/MOV) 1h46:56.
45. José Serpa Perez (COL/LAM) 1h48:24.
46. Michael Schär (SUI/BMC) 1h50:09.
47. Tony Martin (GER/OPQ) 1h53:14.
48. Kristijan Durasek (CRO/LAM) 1h56:09.
49. Michele Scarponi (ITA/AST) 1h59:06.
50. Paul Voss (GER/APP) 2h01:41.
51. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA/CAN) 2h05:42.
52. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 2h06:38.
53. Mickaël Cherel (FRA/ALM) 2h07:35.
54. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 2h10:19.
55. Benjamin King (USA/GRM) 2h16:02.
56. Michal Golas (POL/OPQ) 2h18:53.
57. Tom Slagter (NED/GRM) 2h19:44.
58. Jens Keukeleire (BEL/ORI) 2h20:02.
59. Jérôme Pineau (FRA/IAM) 2h20:59.
60. Jeremy Roy (FRA/FDJ) 2h22:13.
61. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) 2h22:14.
62. Rudy Molard (FRA/COF) 2h22:27.
63. Florian Guillou (FRA/BSE) 2h22:54.
64. José Herrada Lopez (ESP/MOV) 2h26:08.
65. Matteo Montaguti (ITA/ALM) 2h27:49.
66. Adam Hansen (AUS/LTB) 2h28:59.
67. Michael Albasini (SUI/ORI) 2h30:43.
68. Jan Bárta (CZE/APP) 2h30:46.
69. Markel Irizar (ESP/TRE) 2h34:11.
70. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN/EUC) 2h34:11.
71. Martin Elmiger (SUI/IAM) 2h34:13.
72. Daniel Oss (ITA/BMC) 2h35:03.
73. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 2h35:11.
74. Kévin Reza (FRA/EUC) 2h35:59.
75. Tiago Machado (POR/APP) 2h36:12.
76. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LTB) 2h39:09.
77. Bartosz Huzarski (POL/APP) 2h40:16.
78. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/SKY) 2h43:01.
79. Anthony Delaplace (FRA/BSE) 2h43:35.
80. Johan Van Summeren (BEL/GRM) 2h43:43.
81. Marco Marcato (ITA/CAN) 2h49:27.
82. Lieuwe Westra (NED/AST) 2h49:45.
83. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA/FDJ) 2h52:07.
84. Blel Kadri (FRA/ALM) 2h53:14.
85. Koen de Kort (NED/GIA) 2h53:53.
86. Sébastien Reichenbach (SWI/IAM) 2h54:03.
87. Rubén Plaza (ESP/MOV) 2h55:43.
88. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/ALM) 2h58:40.
89. Sergio Paulinho (POR/TIN) 2h58:46.
90. Nélson Oliveira (POR/LAM) 2h59:44.
91. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 3h00:06.
92. Matteo Trentin (ITA/OPQ) 3h01:56.
93. Niki Terpstra (NED/OPQ) 3h04:16.
94. Florian Vachon (FRA/BSE) 3h04:30.
95. Alexandre Pichot (FRA/EUC) 3h05:01.
96. Jens Voigt (GER/TRE) 3h05:14.
97. Rein Taaramae (EST/COF) 3h06:03.
98. Daniele Bennati (ITA/TIN) 3h06:39.
99. Sébastien Minard (FRA/ALM) 3h07:02.
100. Gregory Rast (SUI/TRE) 3h07:04.
101. Perrig Quemeneur (FRA/EUC) 3h07:48.
102. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/BKN) 3h08:01.
103. Matthew Busche (USA/TRE) 3h09:23.
104. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC) 3h09:37.
105. Lars Boom (NED/BKN) 3h10:30.
106. Cyril Lemoine (FRA/COF) 3h11:37.
107. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 3h12:14.
108. David Lopez (ESP/SKY) 3h12:35.
109. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/IAM) 3h12:43.
110. Roy Curvers (NED/GIA) 3h13:37.
111. Fabio Sabatini (ITA/CAN) 3h14:13.
112. Maciej Bodnar (POL/CAN) 3h14:52.
113. Maarten Wijnants (BEL/BKN) 3h15:23.
114. Cedric Pineau (FRA/FDJ) 3h15:49.
115. Jürgen Roelandts (BEL/LTB) 3h16:22.
116. Simon Clarke (AUS/ORI) 3h16:23.
117. Gatis Smukulis (LAT/KAT) 3h17:11.
118. Benat Intxausti (ESP/MOV) 3h21:01.
119. Julien Simon (FRA/COF) 3h23:56.
120. Luke Durbridge (AUS/ORI) 3h24:22.
121. Christian Meier (CAN/ORI) 3h26:19.
122. Bernhard Eisel (AUT/SKY) 3h28:47.
123. Jean-Marc Bideau (FRA/BSE) 3h28:53.
124. John Degenkolb (GER/GIA) 3h28:57.
125. Matteo Tosatto (ITA/TIN) 3h31:23.
126. Alex Howes (USA/GRM) 3h32:15.
127. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 3h34:41.
128. Yohann Gene (FRA/EUC) 3h35:05..

129. José Mendes (POR/APP) 3h37:00.
130. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ/AST) 3h37:26.
131. Tom Leezer (NED/BKN) 3h39:14.
132. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 3h41:37.
133. Svein Tuft (CAN/ORI) 3h41:40.
134. Arnaud Gerard (FRA/BSE) 3h42:00.
135. Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ/AST) 3h43:29.
136. Kristjan Koren (SLO/CAN) 3h44:07.
137. Luca Paolini (ITA/KAT) 3h47:24.
138. Michael Morkov (DEN/TIN) 3h48:31.
139. Roger Kluge (GER/IAM) 3h48:41.
140. Armindo Fonseca (FRA/BSE) 3h48:45.
141. Sébastian Langeveld (NED/GRM) 3h50:56.
142. Jack Bauer (NZL/GRM) 3h53:15.
143. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LTB) 3h56:55.
144. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA/AST) 3h59:02.
145. Mark Renshaw (AUS/OPQ) 4h00:07.
146. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/GRM) 4h00:28.
147. Mickael Delage (FRA/FDJ) 4h01:04.
148. Albert Timmer (NED/GIA) 4h02:26.
149. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BMC) 4h02:48.
150. Zakkari Dempster (AUS/APP) 4h03:00.
151. Benoit Jarrier (FRA/BSE) 4h03:54.
152. Romain Feillu (FRA/BSE) 4h05:52.
153. Andreas Schillinger (GER/APP) 4h07:02.
154. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA/OPQ) 4h07:13.
155. André Greipel (GER/LTB) 4h07:16.
156. Danny Pate (USA/SKY) 4h09:01.
157. Tom Veelers (NED/GIA) 4h09:03.
158. Vladimir Isaichev (RUS/KAT) 4h14:25.
159. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) 4h16:07.
160. Adrien Petit (FRA/COF) 4h16:26.
161. William Bonnet (FRA/FDJ) 4h17:40.
162. Jean-Marc Marino (FRA/CAN) 4h18:16.
163. Marcel Kittel (GER/GIA) 4h21:22.
164. Elia Viviani (ITA/CAN) 4h24:06.
165. Davide Cimolai (ITA/LAM) 4h33:10.
166. Ji Cheng (CHN/GIA) 4h58:32.

Class standings after the
17th stage of the Tour de France, 124.5km ride from Saint-Gaudens to
Saint-Lary on Wednesday:

Points:
1. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) 408 pts
2. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC) 233
3. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 217
4. Marcel Kittel (GER/GIA) 177
5. Mark Renshaw (AUS/OPQ) 153
6. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 149
7. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 147
8. André Greipel (GER/LTB) 143
9. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LTB) 105
10. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/ALM) 99

King of Mountains:
1. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 149 pts
2. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 118
3. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 112
4. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA/CAN) 66
5. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/EUC) 61
6. Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA/ALM) 57
7. Giovanni Visconti (ITA/MOV) 54
8. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 49
9. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 44
10. José Serpa Perez (COL/LAM) 36

Team stage:
1. Movistar 10h50:03.
2. AG2R La Mondiale at 2:26.
3. Belkin 4:48.
4. BMC 6:13.
5. Tinkoff 11:48.

Team overall:
1. AG2R La Mondiale 230h20:30.
2. Belkin at 28:43.
3. Movistar 52:30.
4. Sky 56:55.
5. BMC 59:33.
6. Europcar 1h14:38.
7. Astana 1h21:08.
8. Trek 1h48:55.
9. Lampre 1h51:12.
10. FDJ.fr 2h18:08.
11. Omega Pharma 2h30:41.
12. Tinkoff 2h35:57.
13. Lotto 2h44:10.
14. IAM 2h45:45.
15. NetApp 2h52:34.
16. Cofidis 3h11:59.
17. Katusha 3h23:05.
18. Bretagne-Séché 4h08:16.
19. Garmin 4h55:03.
20. Orica 5h35:20.
21. Cannondale 6h10:01.
22. Giant 6h12:02.

Best young riders (stage):
1. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 3h35:23.
2. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) à 1:40.
3. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 1:40.
4. Jon Izagirre (ESP/MOV) 1:50.
5. Jesus Herrada Lopez (ESP/MOV) 3:39.

Best young riders (overall):
1. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 76h47:28.
2. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) à 1:34.
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 30:41.
4. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) 1h10:28.
5. Jon Izagirre (ESP/MOV) 1h23:55.
6. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 2h00:38.
7. Benjamin King (USA/GRM) 2h10:02.
8. Tom Slagter (NED/GRM) 2h13:44.
9. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) 2h16:14.
10. Rudy Molard (FRA/COF) 2h16:27.

Aggressivity (stage):
Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM)

Photos: Corvos

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