WEDNESDAY, JULY 23RD – STAGE 17- 124.5km- Saint-Gaudens / Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet For the second time in a row, Polish rider Rafal Majka won a punishing series of climbs and then the final mother of them al the Pla D’Adet to be…
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After roughing it out over three big climbs in the Pyrenees, Michael Rogers rode ahead of a small break group into Bagneres de Luchon, capturing the stage win. It was his first ever stage win in the Tour de France, and in the 10 Tours he has ridden.
It was perhaps one more check off for the Australian and his Tinkoff-Saxo team who lost their leader Alberto Contador after a crash that forced him to abandon the Tour with a broken tibia.
If only he had sprinted a little harder. If only the duo had worked together a little harder in the last 100 meters. The Garmin Sharp rider sat on the ground crestfallen, exhausted after a day ahead of the peloton, 10 meters too short. But truly, he was the hero of the day, and in our eyes the real winner.
Polish rider Rafal Majka won his first ever stage in his first ever Tour de France today, at the ripe age of 24. With the top GC contenders out of the Tour this year, all kinds of changes in the top winners have taken place, and the increasing importance of Polish and French riders has been one of them