Froome was able to withstand a series of attacks from AG2R La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet on the Col du Galibier, the highest mountain in the 2017 Tour, and picked up four bonus seconds, thanks to his third place finish. . Stage 9 is even harder with seven categorized climbs including three Hors Categorie or “Beyond Category” summits. He finished 51 seconds the leaders, and fell to seventh overall. The Norwegian escaped from the remnants of the day’s big breakaway to take the second stage of his career. The Team Sky rider finished safely in the peloton at the end of Stage 10, which earned him the same finishing time as the day’s winner, Germany’s Marcel Kittel (who took his fourth stage win of the race on Tuesday). Then there’s Bardet, a Frenchman who has now won mountain stages in three consecutive Tours. The Team Sky rider finished safely in the peloton at the end of Stage 7, which earned him the same finishing time as the day’s winner, Germany’s Marcel Kittel. Team Sunweb’s Michael Matthews won the green jersey as the winner of the Tour’s Points Classification, and his teammate, Warren Barguil, won the polka dot jersey as the winner of the Tour’s King of the Mountains Classification. A better bet to win the stage and possibly take over the lead in the Tour’s General Classification is Bora-Hansgrohe’s Peter Sagan. Froome once again occupies the driver’s seat of the 2017 Tour de France, thanks largely to the strength of his team (and the weakness of Aru’s). Conversely, Aru’s decimated Astana squad left the Italian isolated, and he could be seen struggling to hold his position as the race wound itself up for the sprint in Rodez. The stage was won by LottoNL-Jumbo’s Primoz Roglic, a former world-class ski jumper who’s starting to put together quite an impressive resume as a pro cyclist. With two days left, Froome leads the Tour by 23 seconds over AG2R La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet and 29 seconds over Cannondale-Drapac’s Rigoberto Uran. “We will contact his team so that he makes an apology,” the Tour director, Christian Prudhomme, said. Thousands have signed an online petition and a prominent women's rights activist are among those to have criticised the "sexist tradition" of podium girls during the ceremonies at the Tour de France. But the Tour heads to the Pyrenees on Thursday and Friday, giving Froome’s challengers another chance to try and take the yellow jersey from him. Barring a crash or a poorly-timed mechanical, Froome should extend his lead in Marseille on Saturday before riding triumphantly into Paris on Sunday. The presentation takes place on - yes, a podium - and each jersey is sponsored by different company. September 13, 2020 Andrew Hood Even the best riders need a little luck to win the Tour de France—especially during the first week when the peloton is large and the riders are nervous. Team Sky’s Chris Froome survived a dramatic day in the Jura mountains to hold onto his yellow jersey as the overall leader of the 2017 Tour de France. View full results of Tour de France 2017, won by Chris Froome before Rigoberto Urán (2nd) and Romain Bardet (3rd). Podium Girl of the Year on Instagram: “ A History Day for us! Astana’s Fabio Aru now wears the yellow jersey as the leader of the 2017 Tour de France. With the Pyrenees behind them and two cards to play during the Tour’s final week, Sky looks well-positioned to win their fifth Tour de France. The Tour’s second Rest Day couldn’t come at a better time, as they’ll need all the rest they can get following four hard days of racing in the Pyrenees and Massif Central. And to underscore how competitive this year’s Tour has been, Cannondale-Drapac’s Rigoberto Uran is fourth, only 29 seconds behind the yellow jersey. The course is similar to the start of the 2015 Tour de France in Utrecht, when Rohan Dennis powered to victory and the yellow jersey. The Irishman started the stage in fifth overall, 1:12 behind Froome, but failed to make the leading group when crosswinds split the race. Astana’s Fabio Aru still wears the yellow jersey as the leader of the 2017 Tour de France. The Italian national champion finished second on the Stage 12 summit finish in Peyragudes, which was won by AG2R La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet. Quick-Step’s Daniel Martin was the day’s big the loser. The 3-time Tour champ finished 24 seconds ahead of the former overall leader, Astana’s Fabio Aru, on Stage 14’s uphill finish in Rodez. Aru may be wearing his first yellow jersey, but he’s an experienced grand tour contender who won the 2015 Tour of Spain and twice finished on the podium at the Giro d’Italia. View full results of Stage 2 in Tour de France 2017 from Düsseldorf to Liège over 203.5 kilometre. Froome’s still the favorite to win the 2017 Tour de France, but he and his team will have to work hard to defend his chances. The three-time Tour champ now trails Aru by 6 seconds. The world centre of cycling. RELATED: Check Out Chris Froome's Pinarello Dogma F10. Team Sky’s Chris Froome is still wearing the yellow jersey as the leader of the 2017 Tour de France. The world centre of cycling. Heading into the middle of the third week, four riders were within 90 seconds of the as lead. Porte looked to be capable of challenging Froome all the way to Paris this year, and he'll certainly return to next year's race eager to avenge the demons that sent him home early in 2017. As a result, he’ll keep the maillot jaune for another day. In fact, the Tour’s two individual time trials were all Froome really needed: his winning margin came entirely thanks to time gained during Stage 1’s time trial in Düsseldorf and Stage 20’s in Marseille. Froome finished safely in the peloton on Stage 6, which was won by Quick-Step’s Marcel Kittel. We may earn commission if you buy from a link. He’s lost two of his strongest teammates in the past three days, and now faces the prospect of defending the yellow jersey without anyone to support him in the mountains. RELATED: What it Would Take to Beat Froome. Froome’s team has been the biggest reason why the three-time Tour champ remains on the verge of a fourth victory, but on Stage 15 they went deep to get Froome back to the front after his flat tire on the lower slopes of the Category 1 Col de Peyra Taillade. That said, Quick-Step’s Marcel Kittel picked up 10 bonus seconds by winning Sunday’s stage in Liège, and now sits just 6 seconds behind Thomas. Froome heads into the Tour’s first Rest Day with a narrow margin, but he’s still in control of the Tour as several of his key rivals came up short on Stage 9. Were it not for those two stages, he might not have won the Tour. Tomorrow’s uphill finish in Longwy doesn’t suit the big German, though, so his chances of earning more bonus seconds and possibly the yellow jersey are slim. RELATED: How Geraint Thomas Stormed to an Early Tour Lead. Bardet remains in third place, but sits only 25 seconds behind the yellow jersey. With only one (somewhat ceremonial) stage left in the race, it’s now safe to declare Froome the winner. Stage 11 ended with a fifth sprint victory for Quick-Step’s Marcel Kittel, which means Team Sky’s Chris Froome will wear the 51st yellow jersey of his career as the leader of the 2017 Tour de France. That said, as we’ve seen in the last two days, crashes happen. The 2017 Tour de France was the 104th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours.The 21-stage race took place across 3,540 km (2,200 mi), commencing with an individual time trial in Düsseldorf, Germany on 1 July, and concluding with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris on 23 July.A total of 198 riders from 22 teams entered the race. Team Sunweb’s Warren Barguil, the leader of the Tour’s King of the Mountains competition, won the stage atop the Col d’Izoard, the third-highest summit finish in Tour history. But Wednesday’s Stage 5 finishes atop the la Planche des Belles Filles, a Category 1 climb that will certainly shake things up. The world champion sits only 25-seconds behind Thomas and took the yellow jersey early in last year’s Tour by winning a stage with a similar finish. He’s not out of contention, but he doesn’t appear to be in contention either. Dimension Data’s Edvald Boasson Hagen won the stage in Salon de Provence. Cannondale-Drapac’s Rigoberto Uran was able to follow Bardet’s attacks as well, and is now tied with Bardet in second overall, 27 seconds behind Froome. After a third-place finish on Stage 17, Team Sky’s Chris Froome still wears the yellow jersey as the overall leader of the 2017 Tour de France. RELATED: How Aru Swept the Yellow Jersey Away from Froome in Stage 12. On the other hand, Froome’s team is by far the strongest in the Tour, led first and foremost by Mikel Landa, who rode himself into the Tour’s top five on Stage 13. Richie Porte has confirmed his grand tour potential with a podium finish in the 2020 Tour de France. Quick-Step’s Dan Martin was involved in the crash as well, and while he was able to get back on his bike, he lost 1:15 and fell to 6th-place overall. Thomas finished eighth in Stage 3, only two seconds behind the winner, Peter Sagan. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, How One Race Is Making Things Safe for COVID-19, Everything You Missed From UCI E-Sports Worlds, Dirty Kanza Officially Changes Its Name to Unbound, Tao Geoghegan Hart Wins the 2020 Giro d’Italia, Giro Stage 19 Shortened After Riders Protest, Sarah Sturm’s Secret to Speed: Chilling Out. The Briton leads the Tour by 18 seconds over Italy’s Fabio Aru and 51 seconds over France’s Romain Bardet. But the Tour heads to the Pyrenees on Thursday and Friday, with two hard stages that will give Froome’s rivals another chance to try and steal the yellow jersey. 104th Tour de France 2017 / Stage 11 Start / Podium / Christopher FROOME Yellow Leader Jersey/ Eymet - Pau / TDF/ Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Froome now leads Aru by 18 seconds and AG2R’s Romain Bardet by 23. Despite being completely isolated throughout much of Stage 13, the Italian national champion held onto his six-second advantage over Team Sky’s Chris Froome, winner of three of the past four Tours de France. The Tour de France starts on Saturday. Froome’s leading the race for now, but with two hard days in the Alps still to come, anything could happen. With no changes to the top of the Tour's General Classification, Froome still leads the Tour by 12 seconds over his teammate, Geraint Thomas, and 14 seconds over Astana’s Fabio Aru. Froome’s closest challengers were happy to let the Team Sky keep the race, but with such a mountainous stage on tap for Sunday, they won’t be content to just ride the Briton’s wheel. Team Sky’s Chris Froome moved up the Tour’s General Classification, thanks to his ninth-place finish today. The Briton finished in a select group of the Tour’s main contenders on Stage 15, which was won by Trek-Segafredo’s Bauke Mollema. Movistar’s Nairo Quintana also struggled. Froome is now only the fifth rider in history to win four Tours de France, joining Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain (who each won five). This is the closest a Tour de France has ever been heading into the final week, with four riders within 29 seconds of one another on the Tour’s General Classification. Richie Porte has not been the luckiest man on the Tour de France, ... Australian Richie Porte set for Tour de France podium place. He fell from second to fourth, and needs an incredible performance on Thursday to maintain any chance of winning the 2017 Tour de France. Froome finished fourth on Stage 18, the Tour’s final summit finish, and had no problem responding to the attacks from his rivals. Bicycling participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. But Froome’s toughest future challenger didn’t even compete in this year’s Tour. Sunday’s Stage 15 is even harder, with a Category 1 climb 40km from the finish in Le Puy en Velay and another technical run-in to the finish line. If Froome’s lead in the 2017 Tour de France is vulnerable, Stage 9 will let us know. Most of Froome’s competition from this year’s Tour should return next year, perhaps even more confident in their chances given how close they came to defeating him this July. And Team Sky will need to: with a refreshed Quintana, a healthy Porte, and a confident Dumoulin joining this year's strong challengers, Froome will have his hands full. RELATED: Michael Matthews Wins a Windy Stage 16. After days spent thinking it was Froome’s Tour to lose, we finally have a more open race. The Tour de France podium had seemed like it was beyond the 35-year-old after previous Julys in France found the Tasmanian dogged by poor luck, crashes and … How Do Your Stats Compare to a Tour de France Pro? He’s now second overall, just 12 seconds behind Thomas, his teammate. Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas won Stage 1 of the 2017 Tour de France, on only his fifth day of racing since crashing-out of May’s Giro d’Italia. The Tour de France organisers will contact Jan Bakelants’ AG2R La Mondiale team to ask him to apologise after the Belgian rider was reported to have made derogatory comments about the race’s ‘podium girls’ in an interview with the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. He had a bad day on Stage 12, but he only lost a handful of time. RELATED: Froome Says He's Entering 2017 Tour "Fresher" Than Ever. RELATED: Chris Froome Wins His 50th Yellow Jersey. Despite Froome’s small advantage, his team is packed with climbers and is relatively fresh after two easy sprint stages. Bardet and Uran will certainly try their best to dislodge Froome on the steep Col d'Izoard at the end of Stage 18, but with fewer climbs leading up to it, Sky will have less work to do in keeping the race under control. Froome finished third on Stage 20, six seconds behind the stage winner, Macej Bodnar of Bora-Hansgrohe. No more wrangling schedules to … With only three days left in the 2017 Tour de France, Team Sky’s Chris Froome wears the yellow jersey as the Tour’s overall leader. But Froome held tough in the Alps, and added to his advantage in the Tour’s final individual time trial. Dumoulin, a Dutchman despite his French-sounding last name, is younger, almost as good of a climber, and an even better time trialist than Froome.