Polish youngster proves to be the best climber as he grabs victory in Stage 17
Saint-Lary-Soulan: Young Pole Rafal Majka climbed to his second mountain stage victory of the Tour de France yesterday.
Poland’s Rafal Majka celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of Tour de France’s 17th stage yesterday. Pic/AFP
Having already triumphed in the Alps, the Tinkoff-Saxo rider added a Pyrenean stage to his ledger with victory on the 124.5km 17th stage from Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary.
Italian Giovanni Visconti was second at 29sec with race leader Vincenzo Nibali taking third at 46sec as he extended his overall advantage to Spaniard Alejandro Valverde to 5min 26sec. The battle for a podium place also took another twist as veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud rolled over the line fourth in the same time as Nibali and closed to just 8sec behind Thibaut Pinot, who retained third overall, but is now exactly six minutes behind the Italian leader.