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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
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.