Wednesday July 22nd, 2015

Stage 17Digne-les-Bains / Pra Loup

Start 12h55 (Local time)

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In his third participation, Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin), 29, claimed his first Tour de France stage victory and the third success of his career after stage 2 of the 2011 Critérium International in Porto-Vecchio and the GP Gippingen in 2014. Known as a domestique, he rode away from a breakaway group with 50km to go and stayed away at col d'Allos to keep enough of a lead over of Thibaut Pinot who crashed in the downhill. Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey as he crossed the line along...

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Buzz of the day

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The Flamme rouge - The last kilometre

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I couldn't go faster in the downhill of col d'Allos. I've seen the crashes so Alejandro and I preferred to play safe, for Alejandro to make the podium and for the teams classification. From that point of view, I'm satisfied with today's result because this classification means a lot to us. During the race, we decided to neutralize Contador's attack because he's a real threat for Alejandro's podium placing. Today I was almost at 100%. I didn't manage to dethrone Froome but now there'll be...

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This morning, I wanted to be in the breakaway with the intention of helping Rafal Majka, Michael Rogers or Alberto Contador in the finale. We found each other in the downhill. It was stressful when Nibali attacked. When Alberto crashed, I gave him my bike and he took another bike for the final climb. I feel sorry for him that he didn't manage to regain time.

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It's incredible to win a stage of the Tour de France. I've been dreaming about it since I started cycling. But it wasn't easy. I'm not a sprinter, I'm not a climber, I'm just an all rounder. I got selected by the team to help in the first week and take my chance in the second or third week. It's a different tactic to race for a bunch sprint victory or the stage on the cobblestones with John Degenkolb or a top 10 with Warren Barguil. We were used to winning the first stage with Marcel Kittel...

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Asked about Chris Froome's performance in this first alpine stage, Vincenzo Nibali said he had been impressed.

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Downhill has never been a weakness for me. I didn't take any risk today but other riders have had to and some of them have crashed. It helped me to know the downhill of col d'Allos, through the Dauphiné and the reconnaissance of the Alpine stages. It also helped me to have Richie Porte dropping back from the breakaway and keeping the GC contenders close enough. It's a good day for us. Unfortunately it's a bad one for Tejay van Garderen who had the potential to make the podium in Paris. His...

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BMC team director Jim Ochowicz said after the stage that the team would set itself new goals after the withdrawal of Tejay Van Garderen, who gave up sick on the road to Pra Loup. 

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"I feel better after the rest day, not to be at the front but to follow the peloton and make it to the finish line. I suffer less so the morale is better, but I'm still disappointed by my level of form because I'm not an actor on this Tour. I tried this morning to be in the break. We went with a group of 30 but the big riders made it back from the back.. At the foot of Allos, Romain told me he didn't feel too well. Apparently he bonked. It's a problem".

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"When it won't work, it won't work. I fell in the descent. I was blocked, I don't know why I crashed. It's a pity because I had done the worst. I will try again tomorrow and everyday. Until Saturday, I will try. I have good legs. There are years like this. Last year, everything went right, this year it's not the case. It's the beauty of sport. There are three opportunities left. I'm going to attack again, it's frustrating but I don't want to have regrets in Paris. I'm sure it's going to work...

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Questioned by letour.fr, IAM Cycling directeur sportif Eddy Seigneur said: “This is the first stage in the Alps so it's an important one. Every team knows it well because we've already done it at the Dauphiné. We also know the key is the downhill of col d'Allos. It's a very dangerous one. This is the first part of four days of fighting in the Alps. In the third week, the organisms are tired and the places between tenth and fifteenth overall are widely open. Our goal is to get Mathias...

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In the heart of the legend

The Tour de France is a romantic affair. Organizers and fans love to recall the good old days. Two kilometers before the finish of stage 17, riders will pass next to an arch that pays tribute to Bernard Thévenet's exploit at that precise location forty years ago. The temporary monument, on which yellow color is mixed with Peugeot-like black and white checked pattern, reminds that the Frenchman dethroned “the Cannibal” Eddy Merckx on 13 July 1975 to deprive him from winning his sixth...

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