Stage 17 – Col du Tourmalet

I've arrived safely back here in Melbourne and it seems like a lifetime ago that I was riding the exact same roads as the stage that just took place.  I was able to see the first 50km of the race from Singapore airport but the rest of the details are a mystery to me.  From what I read we didn't see the fireworks we were hoping for between Contador and Schleck on the Col du Tourmalet.  Nonetheless, after riding it twice myself  over the past week I would have loved to have seen the stage.

As always, here are a few Sirotti photos of the action that took place and a quiz below.  Have a great weekend and enjoy catching up on your sleep!

As miserable as the weather looked up the Col, I would have loved to have been there!

All Contador had to do was follow Schleck to keep his lead. I wanted fireworks!

Good ol' Canucklehead Hesjedal climbs to 4th on the stage and 8th on GC

Klöden suffering up the Tourmolet and placing 13th

Matty Lloyd!

Schleck takes the stage win but needs more than 8 seconds on Contador in the final ITT. Not gonna happen...

The French have had a successful Tour this year. Anthony Charteau secures the polka dot jersey.

Paulinho and Levi coming in 42nd and 43rd

Poor Cav. He looks absolutely spent. Will we see another stage win out of him? I certainly think so!

Does anyone have any doubt that Contador will take the overall?

Schleck looks a lot more chipper on the podium than he did after Stage 15

"Just managed to put away a couple of coffees in Luz St Sauveur before the rain hit . Will make for an interesting finish up Tourmalet!!!!" - July 22, Andrew Gent

TdF Daily Quiz

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1. How many times has the Col du Tormalet been featured in the Tour de France?

A. 41 times

B. 68 times

C. 80 times

2. Previous to this year, how many times has the Tour de France finished atop the Tourmalet? Hint: answer on page 256 of the RIDE TdF Guide

A. 18

B. 12

C. once

3. In which year did Lance Armstrong win a stage that featured the Col de Tourmalet?

A. 1999

B. 2001

C. 2002

Bonus. What was my time up the Col de Tourmalet in last week’s L’Etape du Tour?  Hint: result can be found here.

A.01:48:07

B. 02:00:11

C. 02:07:03

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