The Tour de France hit its second day in the Pyrenees during Stage 17 on Wednesday. It was the shortest stage of the Tour, only 77 miles from Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Soulan, but the route included four tough climbs, with the finish line at the top of the Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet, the highest difficulty mountain.
The start of the final climb up the Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet.
Past winners of this stage were honored with their pictures on the wall up the Pla d’Adet. The Tour de France has finished ten times on this mountain.
The yellow jersey group descents the penultimate mountain. White jersey leader Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) heads the chase after Romain Bardet (AG2R).
Bardet wanted to reclaim the Best Young Rider’s white jersey and was aggressive in his attacks to gain time on Pinot, but Pinot eventually caught up.
Winning move: Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) pushes ahead of Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) with less than two miles to go. Majka won the stage 26 seconds ahead of Visconti.
Twists and turns on the descent into Saint-Lary Soulan.
Birds-eye view of the finish ski resort.
Majka wins the day, but there is no major change in the overall leader’s board.