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Tour de France Glance

July 17, 2013

CHORGES, France (AP) — A brief look at Wednesday’s 17th stage of the 100th Tour de France:

Stage: An undulating 32-kilometer (20-mile) time trial from Embrun to Chorges in the French Alps, featuring two short, sharp climbs and two speedy descents.

Winner: British rider Chris Froome clinched his third stage win of the Tour — the other two were in the mountains. He trailed archrival Alberto Contador for much of the way, but after a crucial bike change made up time and beat the Spaniard by 9 seconds.

Yellow Jersey: Froome. He extended his lead over Contador to 4 minutes, 34 seconds. Roman Kreuziger, Contador’s Saxo-Tinkoff teammate, improved to third overall, 4:51 back.

Stat of the day: 27. The number of times the Tour has held a stage on L’Alpe d’Huez — a mountain pass the peloton will climb on Thursday.

Quote of the day: “I don’t put anything past Alberto Contador. He’s going to keep pushing all the way to Paris” — Froome, who expects him to attack strongly over the next three days in the tough climbs.

What’s next: Froome has said he will not target the stage win but instead try to protect his yellow jersey on Stage 18. The 172.5-kilometer (107-mile) trek from Gap to L’Alpe d’Huez features two huge ascents of the famed Tour climb. Both of the ascents are known as HC (Hors Categorie) because they are so tough they are considered beyond classification.

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