Colombia’s Miguel Angel Lopez won stage 17 of the Tour de France on Wednesday to climb third in the overall standings as race leader Primoz Roglic extended his advantage. The race climbed to 2,304m altitude atop the Col de La Loze where Slovenian rookie Tadej Pogacar lost a handful of seconds to his compatriot Roglic in the race for the yellow jersey on a day the 2019 champion Egan Bernal withdrew.
Richard Carapaz produced a doomed solo bid for Ineos as the Giro champion was caught on the ever-changing gradient of the final 7km above 2,000m as the top 10 experienced a slight shake-up. A day after the race was cleared of Covid-19 to run all the way to Paris on Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron was present as the peloton struggled through villages full of ubiquitous baskets of flowers hanging from Swiss-style ski chalets.
In the rarefied air that suits the men from the Andes, the 26-year-old Lopez leapfrogged compatriot Rigoberto Uran and extended his lead over Adam Yates and Richie Porte. Roglic now leads his young compatriot Pogacar by 54 seconds with just three real races left before the Tour gets to Paris.
2020 TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE RESULT
|1||LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel||Astana Pro Team||4:49:08|
|2||ROGLIČ Primož||Jumbo-Visma Team||0:15|
|3||POGAČAR Tadej||UAE-Team Emirates||0:30|
|4||KUSS Sepp||Jumbo-Visma Team||0:56|
|5||PORTE Richie||Trek – Segafredo||1:01|
|6||MAS Enric||Movistar Team||1:12|
|7||LANDA Mikel||Bahrain – McLaren||1:20|
|9||URÁN Rigoberto||EF Pro Cycling||1:59|
|10||DUMOULIN Tom||Jumbo-Visma Team||2:13|
2020 TOUR DE FRANCE OVERALL STANDINGS
|1||ROGLIČ Primož||Jumbo-Visma Team||74:56:04|
|2||POGAČAR Tadej||UAE-Team Emirates||0:57|
|3||LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel||Astana Pro Team||1:26|
|4||PORTE Richie||Trek – Segafredo||3:05|
|6||URÁN Rigoberto||EF Pro Cycling||3:24|
|7||LANDA Mikel||Bahrain – McLaren||3:27|
|8||MAS Enric||Movistar Team||4:18|
|9||DUMOULIN Tom||Jumbo-Visma Team||7:23|
|10||VALVERDE Alejandro||Movistar Team||9:31|
RBA/AFP Photo: Bettini