Romain Bardet's Ag2r teammates are confident the rising French star will ride into the yellow jersey in future Tours de France.
Chris Froome and Team Sky are confident with only one final test left in the Tour de France, their favored time trial discipline.
Fabio Aru and his Astana team recognize that the Tour's yellow jersey may be out of reach but promise a fight on the Izoard in stage 18.
Insiders suggest that Alberto Contador may end his Tour de France career this week with a potential Giro/Vuelta plan for 2018.
At the time, Fabio Aru rued an injury that kept him out of the 100th Giro d'Italia. Now he reaps the rewards of the forced rest in May.
With a bit of quick thinking and strong teamwork, Team Sky averts disaster when Chris Froome has a mechanical in the heat of stage 15.
The high-stakes game of aiming for Tour de France stage wins has favored only a few in 2017, notably Quick-Step, which has five wins.
The French press has mostly ignored race leader Fabio Aru. The Italian, for his part, plans to leave a mark on this Tour de France
Fabio Aru is elated to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey. The Italian remains wary of a short, tough day in stage 13, however.
With young cyclists coming through and the continued dominance of Froome, a eighth grand tour win appears impossible for Contador.