Meribel: Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez gained the 17th stage of the Tour de France, a 170-kilometre mountain trek from Grenoble, as Primoz Roglic tightened his grip on the general lead on Wednesday.
Roglic took second place on the high of the Col de la Loze, an unforgiving 21.5-kilometre ascent at a mean gradient of seven.eight per cent, to increase his benefit over fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, who got here residence third, to 57 seconds.
Lopez, who jumped away from the main group three.5 kilometres from the end, crossed the road 15 seconds forward of Roglic and 30 seconds earlier than Pogacar.
The 21-year-old Pogacar now faces an uphill battle to unsettle Roglic, who suffered however was all the time in management.
Lopez moved as much as third within the standings, 1.26 off the tempo, forward of one other gruelling mountain stage on Thursday, greater than 175 kilometres between Meribel and La Roche sur Foron.