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Le Tour 2016 – Stage 17

Tour de FranceBern to Finhaut-Emosson

Distance: 184.5 kilometers.

A mountain stage in the Swiss Alps. A pair of Cat 3s, Côte de Saanenmöser and Col des Mosses, warm up everyones legs for the ending: Cat 1 Col de la Forclaz and the HC summit finish at Finhaut-Emosson.

Ilnur Zakarin won his first Tour stage as the General Classification riders rode a very conservative race. Chris Froome managed to pad his lead.

Mark Cavendish chose to leave the Tour to prepare for the Rio Olympics, assuming they will still be held.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 77h 25′ 10″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( SVK – TNK – 032 ) [Green] 425 points
Polka Dot Jersey Rafal Majka ( POL – TNK – 037 ) [Polka Dot] 173 points
White Jersey Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) 3 [White]

Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 011-019 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Ilnur Zakarin ( RUS – KAT – 149 )
Combative: Jarlinson Pantano ( COL – IAM – 079 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 )
2 Bauke Mollema ( NED – TFS – 061 ) + 02′ 27″
3 Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) + 02′ 53″
4 Nairo Quintana ( COL – MOV – 011 ) + 03′ 27″
5 Romain Bardet ( FRA – ALM – 041 ) + 04′ 15″
6 Richie Porte ( AUS – BMC – 091 ) + 04′ 27″
7 Alejandro Valverde ( ESP – MOV – 012 ) + 05′ 19″
8 Fabio Aru ( ITA – AST – 021 ) + 05′ 35″
9 Daniel Martin ( IRL – EQS – 184 ) + 05′ 50″
10 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – LAM – 157 ) + 06′ 07″

The Rest of the Top 30:

11 Roman Kreuziger ( CZE – TNK – 036 ) + 07′ 03″
12 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver ( ESP – KAT – 141 ) + 07′ 06″
13 Sébastien Reichenbach ( SUI – FDL – 126 ) + 10′ 19″
14 Sergio Luis Henao ( COL – SKY – 002 ) + 14′ 40″
15 Geraint Thomas ( GBR – SKY – 009 ) + 20′ 15″
16 Pierre Rolland ( FRA – CDT – 081 ) + 20′ 24″
17 Tejay Van Garderen ( USA – BMC – 099 ) + 23′ 03″
18 Mikel Nieve ( ESP – SKY – 005 ) + 27′ 58″
19 Stef Clement ( NED – IAM – 072 ) + 31′ 15″
20 Warren Barguil ( FRA – TGA – 111 ) + 33′ 05″
21 Alexis Vuillermoz ( FRA – ALM – 049 ) + 35′ 44″
22 Emanuel Buchmann ( GER – BOA – 131 ) + 35′ 59″
23 Jarlinson Pantano ( COL – IAM – 079 ) + 36′ 31″
24 Haimar Zubeldia ( ESP – TFS – 069 ) + 38′ 03″
25 Tanel Kangert ( EST – AST – 025 ) + 39′ 24″
26 Ilnur Zakarin ( RUS – KAT – 149 ) + 39′ 56″
27 Damiano Caruso ( ITA – BMC – 094 ) + 43′ 46″
28 Domenico Pozzovivo ( ITA – ALM – 048 ) + 48′ 08″
29 Rafal Majka ( POL – TNK – 037 ) + 55′ 12″
30 Serge Pauwels ( BEL – DDD – 107 ) + 56′ 08″

Did not start:

Rohan Dennis ( AUS – BMC – 095 )
Mark Cavendish ( GBR – DDD – 101 )

Did not finish:

Gorka Izaguirre ( ESP – MOV – 016 )
Borut Bozic ( SLO – COF – 192 )

Note: Wikipedia has a simple article on the Mountain classification used on the Tour. The basic fact is that climbs fall into five types, with the four numbered types decreasing in difficulty as the numbers get larger, and then there is the Hors Catégorie, literally “without category”, which generally makes you look for an elevator or Sherpas.

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