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VN Show: Did Tour de France stage 17 live up to the hype?

The Tour de France organizers got a bit experimental with stage 17. Did all of the innovations pay off? We've got takes.

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Editor’s note: This VeloNews Show includes footage from YouTube/Tour de France, YouTube/EquipeCyclisteGroupamaFDJ, YouTube/AllCycling, Getty Images/Velo Collection

The Tour de France organizers got a bit experimental with stage 17.

To begin with, they implemented a Formula One-style start grid. And the stage was crazy short at just 65 kilometers. There weren’t any valley roads to bring back attacks, and the finish climb up Col du Portet was crazy hard.

So did all of these innovations pay off? We analyze the action and give the stage a report card on this episode of the VeloNews Show.