Tour de France

Stage 17: Grenoble to Méribel Col de la Loze

The Tour could be decided by the presence of two hors categorie climbs: the Col de la Madeleine (17km at 8.4%) and the Col de la Loze (21.5km at 7.8%). Expect fireworks on the summit finish to Méribel.

Stage date
Sep 16, 2020
Stage distance
168 KM
Stage terrain

Start: 6:30 am EST

Est. Finish: 11:21 am EST

Stage 17 Results

Rank Rider Team Time
1 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel Astana Pro Team 4:49:08
2 ROGLIČ Primož Team Jumbo-Visma 0:15
3 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 0:30
4 KUSS Sepp Team Jumbo-Visma 0:56
5 PORTE Richie Trek - Segafredo 1:01

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Stage 17 preview

Course: Another brute of a day, this stage takes in the Col de la Madeleine, another Hors Catégorie ascent, before the final summit push up the newly-built 6km stretch of pavement to the Col de la Loze. The full ascent is now 22.5 kilometers in length, and the route taken by the race includes 11 percent gradients at kilometers 18 and 19, plus a whopping 20 percent section along this stretch. The final two kilometers are over 10 percent. Today is when the GC battle truly shakes out, with the eventual winner of the Tour de France taking the stage.

Favorites: Tadej Pogačar, Miguel Ángel López, Primož Roglič, Adam Yates

Illustration of Jens Voigt
Illustration: Lucy Engelman

Jens Voigt’s take: And another super hard stage. The Col de la Madeleine was for me the most hated climb in the Tour. I’m glad I don’t have to do it today. And then the final: 21.5km uphill, not the slightest flat part, and the last 5 kilometers to the finish are really steep. We’re talking 10 percent average with portions of up to 20 percent. But by now the yellow jersey will be already on the shoulders of the strongest rider, so I don’t expect a change in yellow anymore. But hey, this is all theory.