Stage 17 updates as Tadej Pogacar’s key teammate Rafal Majka drops out of the race


Jonas Vingaard, left, will have to stay behind the wheel of Tadej Pogacar in the Pyrenees today (Reuters)

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

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

However, all of that could change in an instant, and with time running out in the race in Paris, the four classified climbs here and the final ascent of Peyragudes could potentially host a battle for the crucial yellow jersey seconds at the finish. . While Vingaard was touched by the loss of key teammates Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk on Sunday, Pogacar was also hit by the retirement of Marc Soler due to illness. Meanwhile, Geraint Thomas remain in contention but will have to pick their moment for an attack with Vingaard and Pogacar locked in their own duel.

Follow the Tour de France stage 17 updates below:

Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

Rafal Majka abandons the Tour de France

12:13 , Laurent Ostlere

UAE Emirates team medical director Dr Adrian Rotunno said in a statement: “Majka suffered a thigh injury after a mechanical problem on stage 16 when his chain broke. a partial high-thickness tear to his right quadriceps muscle, and unfortunately, due to the muscle damage, he is unable to roll.

Rafal Majka pictured during yesterday's stage 17 (AFP via Getty Images)

Rafal Majka pictured during yesterday’s stage 17 (AFP via Getty Images)

News flash: Rafal Majka abandons the Tour de France

12:07 , Laurent Ostlere

Big news this morning and a potentially devastating blow for Tadej Pogacar: his first lieutenant Rafal Majka has abandoned the race.

Step 17: Start time and how to watch

11:59 , Laurent Ostlere

The stage is expected to start around 12.30pm BST with an expected finish around 4.00pm BST.

Tour de France coverage is available this year on ITV4, Eurosport, Discovery+ and GCN+ (Global Cycling Network).

Live races each day will be shown on ITV4 before highlights usually at 7pm each day. The ITV website lists times here.

Eurosport and GCN+ will show every minute of every stage. Find out more about Eurosport coverage here and GCN+ coverage here.

It is also streaming on Eurosport’s Discovery+ streaming service, with broadcast information here.

General classification after stage 16

11:53 , Laurent Ostlere

Here is how the general classification evolves after the 16th stage:

1. Jonas Vingaard (Lair) Jumbo Visma 64h 28min 09sec

2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team +2min 22sec

3. Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers +2:43

4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa-Samsic +4:15

5. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ +4:24

6. Adam Yates (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers +5:28

7. Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials +5:46

8. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe +6:18

9. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM +6.37

10. Tom Pidcock (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers +10:11

Hugo Houle scores emotional Stage 16 victory

11:48 , Laurent Ostlere

Yesterday’s stage 16 was a poignant victory for Hugo Houlewho dedicated the win to his brother who was killed by a drunk driver in 2012. Houle has made winning the Tour de France stage – the race he and his brother loved watching together growing up in Canada – his main career goal and dedicated the last 10 years to this unique moment.

Hugo Houle dedicates his emotional Tour de France victory to his late brother

Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

11:43 , Laurent Ostlere

However, all of that could change in an instant, and with time running out in the race in Paris, the four classified climbs here and the final ascent of Peyragudes could potentially host a battle for the crucial yellow jersey seconds at the finish. . While Vingaard was touched by the loss of key teammates Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk on Sunday, Pogacar was also hit by the retirement of Marc Soler due to illness. Meanwhile, Geraint Thomas remain in contention but will have to pick their moment for an attack with Vingaard and Pogacar locked in their own duel.

Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

11:43 , Laurent Ostlere

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

Tour de France 2022 – stage 17 LIVE

11:26 , Laurent Ostlere

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