Chris Froome proved today why he’s in the Tour’s yellow leader’s jersey, winning today’s 20-mile time trial, and beating Alberto Contador by 9 seconds. Stage 17 included two tough climbs, and at the top of the second one, the Brit from team Sky changed from his regular road bike to his aero time trial rig. It took about 11 seconds to make the switch, but apparently the effort was worth it. Up the road, Contador (Saxo Tinkoff) was sprinting through corners on the descent into Chorges. Froome took the corners more conservatively after a light sprinkle wet the road. Still, he managed to beat Contador.
France’s Jean Christophe Peraud (AG2R) crashed in a slippery corner about a mile from the finish line and broke his collarbone.
With only four days of racing left, Froome remains the overall leader. Contador is 4:34 back in second and Roman Kreuziger (Saxo) is 4:51 behind in third.