Tadej Pogacar extended his lead by winning stage 17 of the Tour de France on Wednesday atop Pyrenean giant the Col du Portet, where he was followed over the line by Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz after the three played out an epic struggle. Ecuadorian Carapaz launched a blistering attack 1 mile from the 8000 foot summit finish, but was reeled in by Pogacar.
The Slovenian champion took his second victory on this Tour to extend his five-and-a-half minutes lead over the surprising Dane Vingegaard. Carapaz climbed to third overall after Rigobert Uran was dropped on the hillside.
“It was the most difficult stage of the Tour, and I dedicate this win to my team who worked so hard for me here,” said Pogacar.
STAGE 17 HIGHLIGHTS
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