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Tour de France 2022 LIVE: Stage 17 route updates as Tadej Pogacar attacks Jonas Vingegaard


<p>The yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard during stage 17</p>

The yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard during stage 17


Follow live updates from the Tour de France with stage 17 in the Pyrenees mountains set to host a crucial battle between yellow jersey wearer Jonas Vingegaard and the defending champion Tadej Pogacar.

A short but brutal 130km route from Saint-Gaudens to Peyragudes will offer more encouragement for Pogacar and the other general classification contenders. The 23-year-old stayed true to his word by attacking Vingegaard early on Tuesday’s stage from Carcassonne to Foix, but the overall leader was able mark his rival and protect his advantage of two minutes and 22 seconds in the standings.

That could all change in an instant, however, and with time running out in the race to Paris the four categorised climbs here and final ascent of Peyragudes could potentially host a battle for crucial yellow jersey seconds at the finish. While Vingegaard was hit by losing key team-mates Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk on Sunday, Pogacar was also dealt the blow of Marc Soler dropping out due to illness. Meanwhile, Geraint Thomas remains in contention but will need to pick his moment for an attack with Vingegaard and Pogacar locked in their own duel.

Follow updates from Stage 17 of the Tour de France, below:


Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

10km to go: The road flattens ahead of this final ascent, an 8km drag at an average gradient of 7.8%, where the stage 17 finish line awaits at the summit.


Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

12km to go: These three are rolling down the mountain towards the foot of the final Peyragudes climb, with Pogacar refuelling for what will surely be one last mighty attack. Vingegaard looks bullet proof, thus far.


Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

16km to go: Pogacar sits up and lets his teammate McNulty return to the front, with Vingegaard on their tail. They are about a minute ahead of Geraint Thomas and a little group of chasers.


Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

Pogacar attacks! Finally he surges past his teammate McNulty and down the descent, but Vingegaard reacts instantly and sticks right on the Slovenian’s wheel. Now these two lead the stage on their own.


Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

20km to go: This leading trio of McNulty, Pogacar and Vingegaard reach the summit of the Col de Val Louron-Azet and begin the final descent to the foot of the Pyragudes and the finish.


Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

22km to go: Now Geraint Thomas is dropped! He can’t cling on to the pace McNulty is setting, as this GC group pass Leknessund to be at the head of the race.

This stage 17 is going to be won by either yellow jersey of Jonas Vingegaard, or the reigning champion, Tadej Pogacar.


Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

23km to go: Now then – Sepp Kuss has been dropped. That means there are only four riders left in this yellow-jersey group and Jonas Vingegaard is without any teammates. McNulty continues to pound a hard pace on the front, with Pogacar, Vingegaard and Thomas all in tow.

There are still 3km or so until the summit, as this super-group close in on Leknessund at the front of the race.


Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

24km to go: There are still a scattering of riders ahead of this super-strong yellow-jersey group, though they are being picked off one by one. Out front right now is Andreas Leknessund of German team DSM. It’s a bold solo surge on this penultimate climb.


Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

26km to go: McNulty continues the hard pace set by Berg and UAE Emirates are absolutely battering the rest of the peloton. Only six riders are left in this yellow-jersey group: McNulty, Pogacar, Vingegaard, Kuss, Thomas and Quintana. And now Quintana is now dropped!


Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

27 km to go: Marcus Berg has done his job for Tadej Pogacar and drops away, leaving Brandon McNulty to continue the pace at the front of the GC group. Wout van Aert is dropped too, and there are now only eight or nine riders remaining alongside Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard.


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