Tour de France 2013 Stage 17 Results: Winner, Leaderboard and Highlights

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2013

MONT VENTOUX, FRANCE - JULY 14:  Current race leader and wearer of the Maillot Jaune, Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling celebrates on the podium after winning stage fifteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 242.5KM road stage from Givors to Mont Ventoux, on July 14, 2013 on Mont Ventoux, France.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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In one of the most exciting time trial stages of the race thus far, it was Team Sky’s Chris Froome (51 minutes, 33 seconds) who won his third portion of the 2013 Tour de France by taking Stage 17 with a nine-second advantage over second-place finisher Alberto Contador (51:42).

Froome retains the overall lead in the general classification and yellow jacket once again by winning the 20-mile trial, furthering his lead to 4:34 over Contador.

As the Tour de France continues, expect the battle between Froome and Contador to become even more intense. Neither man wants to lose.

While the field has closed in on the overall leader, the race is now heading toward the mountains where Froome has been dominant.

With all the momentum on his side because of his three stage victories thus far, look for the British star to continue holding the yellow jersey while fending off Contador.

This year’s race is Froome’s to lose.

Spanish star Joaquim Rodriguez (51:43) also had a stellar run on the Stage 17 time trial and managed to finish in third place overall. Additionally, Roman Kreuziger (51:56) raced well on Wednesday and brought home the fourth-place finish.

Alejandro Valverde finished fifth with a time of 52:03, and the best American finisher was Andrew Talansky, who ended up in ninth place with a very respectable time of 53:14.

Despite the hard work shown by the stars of the sport on Stage 17, the cyclists will be back in action Thursday for the next mountain portion of the race. Stage 18 travels from Gap to Alpe d'Huez in a 172.5-kilometer (107-mile) trip through the beautiful visuals in the Alps.

The cyclists will face three mountain stages in a row, and this is where the champions separate themselves from the field.

 

Stage 17 Standings

Place  Name  Time  Time Gap  Age  
1GBR Christopher FROOME00:51:3300:00:0028
2ESP Alberto CONTADOR00:51:4200:00:0930
3ESP Joaquim RODRIGUEZ OLIVER00:51:4300:00:1034
4CZE Roman KREUZIGER00:51:5600:00:2327
5ESP Alejandro VALVERDE00:52:0300:00:3033
6COL Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS00:52:4400:01:1123
7POL Michal KWIATKOWSKI00:53:0600:01:3323
8DEN Jakob FUGLSANG00:53:0700:01:3428
9USA Andrew TALANSKY00:53:1400:01:4124
10USA Tejay VAN GARDEREN00:53:2400:01:5124

 

Overall Standings

Place  Name  Time  Time Gap  Team  
1GBR Christopher FROOME66:07:0900:00:00SKY
2ESP Alberto CONTADOR66:11:4300:04:34TST
3CZE Roman KREUZIGER66:12:0000:04:51TST
4NED Bauke MOLLEMA66:13:3200:06:23BEL
5COL Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS66:14:0700:06:58MOV
6ESP Joaquim RODRIGUEZ OLIVER66:14:3000:07:21KAT
7NED Laurens TEN DAM66:15:3200:08:23BEL
8DEN Jakob FUGLSANG66:16:0500:08:56AST
9POL Michal KWIATKOWSKI66:18:1900:11:10OPQ
10IRL Daniel MARTIN66:19:5900:12:50GRS

Full results and standings at NBC Sports.