7.21.2016

TdF 17: Aiming High

Adventure comes to the end for me on this Tour de France, I'm in Visp traveling back to Italy. I lived an intense day from the start in Bern to the finish by the dam in Emosson. I had the chance to see again from very close the pro cycling world.
At the start Alejandro Valverde was at the barrier next to me and asked about Quintana winning the race said: "It's hard". I called Mikel Nieve and he smiled back probably puzzled. I said hi to Danny, the Trek bus driver, and we agreed Bauke Mollema could keep his GC 2nd but it would cost a big effort and attacking to better it was probably beyond his reach.
The travel from Bern to Emosson included a train, a small Mont Blanc Express and La vertical: the steepest cableway in the world. We assisted to Ilnur Zakarin's solo victory from a privileged spot.

Chris Froome increased his advantage in spite Richie Porte tried to attack. Nairo Quintana sank. Adam Yates was classy. Danny and me proved right: Mollema could stay with Froome but so far kept his 2nd.
After a quick visit to the buses we faced a long way down. 
Our nigh in Martigny wasn't as confortable as expected still we slept because we were exhausted.
Much more to come including stunning pictures!


RESULTS 
STAGE 
1Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha4:36:33 
2Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling0:00:55 
3Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team0:01:26 4Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida0:01:32 
5Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:33 
6Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:46 
7Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:50 
8Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling0:02:57 
9Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:04:38 
10Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:07:59 
11Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 12Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange0:08:07 
13Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:10 
14Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:08:18 
15Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida 16Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:08:27 
17Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:08:39 18Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 19Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step0:08:46 
20Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:08:57
GC 
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 77:25:10 
2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:27 
3 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 0:02:53 
4 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:27 
5 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:15 
6 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:04:27 
7 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:19 
8 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:05:35 
9 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:05:50 
10 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida 0:06:07 
JERSEYS 
Yellow Froome 
White Yates 
Polka Dot Majka 
Green Sagan


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