Primoz Roglic drove away from the Col de la Loze near Tadej Pogacar in the last few hundred metres, but the time gain was minimal. The leader of Jumbo-Visma crossed the finish line fifteen seconds earlier than his compatriot. It is not enough yet
Of course you always want more, said the spectator after the finish of the heavy seventeenth stage. But I took some time and well see if its enough. If I see any opportunities to take my time tomorrow, I certainly wont let them
Take a look at the general classification after the seventeenth stage
Tom Dumoulin was satisfied after the queen stage of this Tour. If we took the time today, we would be happy. So we are. But 57 seconds is not enough, especially in view of tomorrow, to be sure of the final victory now
Take a look at the profile of tomorrows stage here:
Its not like a couple of times at the start of the Tour, when Primoz said he felt so good he wanted to go for the stage win. But he stayed focused and then you just see that he is one of the best
Robert Gesink also did not dare to say that the Tour de France has been decided. Its great that Primoz is taking some distance today, but the gap is small. We might have expected some bigger differences, but as long as the differences are to our advantage, its fine
Watch the reactions of Tom Dumoulin and Robert Gesink here:
Both Dutchmen from Jumbo-Visma spoke of a tough day. Gesink: On the Madeleine (the first col of the day, ed.) the pace was already high, but we were in good shape
The team of watchman Roglic didnt have to do much head work in the queens stage. Bahrain-McLaren, with Wout Poels, set the pace in the peloton in the hope that leader Mikel Landa could go for the stage victory.
That was a present for us, said Gesink. We didnt have to do much because Bahrain had a nice pace and we were well behind. It was a beautiful day like that
Dumoulin experienced the Col de la Loze not only as heavy, but also as beautiful. It is a special thing. I like that. With my weight, I will always lose time on an arrival like that, but I think its fantastic. And you have a beautiful view here.
Here is the summary of the seventeenth stage: