Tour de France Stage 17: Chris Froome wins the time trial, Alberto Contador moves second overall

Team Sky rider extends lead through third stage win of the race, a big three days ahead in the Alps

by Simon_MacMichael   July 17, 2013  

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Chris Froome of Team Sky has taken his third stage win of the 2013 Tour de France in today's individual time trial from Embrun to Chorges, pipping Alberto Contador of Saxo-Tinkoff tby just 9 seconds. The Spaniard, who went less than 1 second quicker than compatriot Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha, the third fastest man today on the 32 kilometre course, moves second overall, leapfrogging Belkin's Bauke Mollema. The latter, already shipping around 2 minutes to Contador, lost precious seconds late on as he misjudged a bend.

Froome, who had to deal with rain on the final descent and seemed to be going slower than Contador, had swapped from a road bike to a time trial bike towards the end of the stage - something Contador did not do - and extends his overall lead by 20 seconds ahead of three big days in the Alps, starting with tomorrow's unprecedented and eagerly anticipated double ascent of Alpe d'Huez.

He finished 9 secionds ahead of Contador, winning the stage in a time of 51 minutes 33 seconds. Contador’s Saxo-Tinkoff team mate Roman Kreuziger moves up to third overall, with Mollema dropping to fourth. Movistar’s Nairo Quintana stays fifth on General Classification, and still leads the best young rider’s competition.

By the time the top ten riders in the overall standings headed out onto the course, BMC Racing’s Tejay van Garderen, winner last year of the white jersey that Quintana is now favourite to take in this 100th edition of the race, had set the quickest time of 53 minutes 24 seconds.

The American, winner of the Tour of California in May, has had a difficult Tour this time round, being injured in a couple of crashes in the opening week, and had started the day in 55th position overall, more than an hour off the race lead.

His would only turn out to be the 10th quickest time of the afternoon on a course which while not a mountain time trial in the pure sense of the term, did feature two Category 2 climbs before a fast descent to the finish.

First to go quicker was Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde, his time of 52 minutes 3 seconds only beaten by Rodriguez, Kreuziger, Contador and Froome.

The hero of the day was undoubtedly AG2R La Mondiale’s Jean-Christophe Peraud, who was in 9th position on the General Classification this morning but fractured his right clavicle after crashing on a reconnaissance of the route this morning.

Heavily strapped up and with pain etched on his face, the former French national time trial champion tried to get round the course, but a crash with just 2 kilometres remaining, when he came down hard on the same side of the collarbone that had been fractured this morning, forced him to abandon the race.

The two riders who went into the penultimate day’s time trial of the 2011 Tour de France in Grenoble put in performances today that were the reverse of those that had decided the fate of that year’s race.

Two years ago, Andy Schleck ceded the race leader’s yellow jersey he had only taken 24 hours previously to Cadel Evans, but today the RadioShack Leopard rider, who has experienced a series of setbacks since fracturing his sacrum during a time trial stage of last year’s Critérium du Dauphiné, put in the 15th fastest time in a discipline that is not his forte.

BMC Racing’s Evans, on the other hand, usually strong against the clock, struggled again today, and to an even greater extent than he had done during May’s Giro d’Italia when during the Stage 18 mountain time trial, when he ceded around two and a half minutes to race winner Vincenzo Nibali of Astana.

Today, Evans, winner of the 2011 Tour de France after seizing the yellow jersey in that time trial in Grenoble, was more than 8 minutes slower than Froome, his time even beaten by Mark Cavendish of Omega Pharma-Quick Step, who was around half a minute quicker.

 

 

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C'mon Decster...!!

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [491 posts]
17th July 2013 - 18:25

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Poor old Bertie - even though he is an unrepentant 'steak eater', (which I can't stand), he's really having a go. I'm even beginning to warm to him for his 'never say die' attitude. Not something I ever thought I'd hear myself saying!?

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posted by pastaman [220 posts]
17th July 2013 - 18:57

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Cooks wrote:
C'mon Decster...!!

Meh! another day at the TdF a doper wins a stage beating known dopers Yawn

The doper didn't even give a 100% and said he was surprised he won Yawn

posted by Decster [246 posts]
17th July 2013 - 20:46

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French Tv ( bless 'em) referring to Froome as winner as 'the white Kenyan' said with a knowing smile.

I wonder if Mr Inverdale has thought of pitching for a media job across the channel.

cheers m'dears

2011 Rose Pro-SL 3000 Road
2006 Lemond Alpe d'Huez Broken
1997 Marin Sausaulito Urban bimbling/shopper
1980 Orbea project

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posted by daviddb [123 posts]
17th July 2013 - 21:07

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i felt Peraud's pain through the TV.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [491 posts]
17th July 2013 - 22:53

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Decster has a point. Although we should reserve our scepticism - give the space to the moment, but not hide our doubts. I think that whatever else, Froome has still earned his moment. At least he has humility.

I have to say the Spanish Armada look like they are in full swing after their rest day. Fully doped and ready to go.....

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1186 posts]
17th July 2013 - 22:55

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Decster wrote:
Cooks wrote:
C'mon Decster...!!

Meh! another day at the TdF a doper wins a stage beating known dopers Yawn

The doper didn't even give a 100% and said he was surprised he won Yawn

how can you say such a thing without evidence?

what do you mean, you have experience, decent vision, and you know that pigs can't fly?

show me the positive test, I say, show me the positive!

and remember, crazy times up mountains was only a sign of doping last year. It no longer applies, because marginal gains are now marginally bigger than marginal, according to profit Brailsford.

posted by daddyELVIS [453 posts]
18th July 2013 - 5:58

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I really hope doping does not turn out to be a problem this year Yawn

Endorphines going up and adrenaline going down, who needs drugs?

posted by banzicyclist2 [240 posts]
18th July 2013 - 6:20

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banzicyclist2 wrote:
I really hope doping does not turn out to be a problem this year Yawn

The only doping this year is from some of the people on this forum Wink

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2821 posts]
18th July 2013 - 7:26

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Am I the only one who doesn't care whether they're doping or not and just wants to see good racing?

posted by swmlon [17 posts]
18th July 2013 - 8:16

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swmlon wrote:
Am I the only one who doesn't care whether they're doping or not and just wants to see good racing?

I'm not sure they'd have been so much talk of doping on this site if it wasn't for a couple of members who seem to have more of an issue with Sky than doping itself.

posted by Super Domestique [1633 posts]
18th July 2013 - 8:48

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lol ah yes, it's all anti-sky *yawns*

posted by northstar [1109 posts]
18th July 2013 - 8:53

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anti sky!
anti rapha!
doping??

i just wish i could climb Mont Ventoux even half as well as these guys

posted by bfslxo [128 posts]
18th July 2013 - 9:57

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Well, avoiding the doping and the anti-Sky comments completely, I thought it was really good to see Andy Schleck put in a competitive time!

One wonders if his contract negotiations at the new Trek team are going to be affected by this ...

posted by Not KOM [79 posts]
18th July 2013 - 10:12

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Not KOM wrote:
Well, avoiding the doping and the anti-Sky comments completely, I thought it was really good to see Andy Schleck put in a competitive time!

One wonders if his contract negotiations at the new Trek team are going to be affected by this ...

I've always like Schleck, hope to see him back to his best. Though I don't know if he'll be riding for Trek, especially as they've ditched his brother

posted by swmlon [17 posts]
18th July 2013 - 10:19

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Cooks wrote:
i felt Peraud's pain through the TV.

Me too - gutted for him & he was going pretty well, especially with the injury. All the best to him for a quick recovery!

posted by d_jp [109 posts]
18th July 2013 - 10:44

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Froome should wear the yellow jersey AND polka dot shorts on the Alpe, Har-har-har bring on the hubris!!



I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1376 posts]
18th July 2013 - 11:11

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Not sure I like the rule that allows bike swapping. Fair enough if there is a mechanical, but the swap should only be like for like.

posted by surfer35 [22 posts]
18th July 2013 - 19:15

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Bike swap faff - agreed. It rarely seemed to be a slick changeover either. Rider stops, car stops a bit later some several yards away - bloke jumps out and hoiks spare off the roof - gets it pointing the right way and trots over to rider and hoofs him off up the road. Not exactly F1 slicker-than-a-slick-thing is it?

cheers m'dears

2011 Rose Pro-SL 3000 Road
2006 Lemond Alpe d'Huez Broken
1997 Marin Sausaulito Urban bimbling/shopper
1980 Orbea project

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posted by daviddb [123 posts]
19th July 2013 - 6:46

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