A career stage for Ondrej Cink who proved his great potential on the climbs to Serre Chevalier
Primož Roglič in a great solo for stage victory. First stage victory ever for a Slovenian at Tour de France.
Tour de France 2017.
LA MURE – SERRE CHEVALIER – 183 km / Stage 17
Serre Chevaliere, France, July 19th
Tour the France moved to the Alps for the 17th and 18th stage and today La Mure hosted the Tour for the first time. The 17th stage went over Col d’Ornon (Cat. 2), Col de la Croix de Fer (HC), Col du Télégraphe (Cat. 1) and Col du Galibier (HC) to the descent to Serre Chevalier. The 183 kilometers long stage went on in a partially cloudy weather with a few raindrops and with much less wind than yesterday.
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team had a very clear goal, to launch a rider into the breakaway. Ondrej Cink had grabbed his chance today and did an incredible job of jumping into the group of the breakaway riders before the first climb. He kept his position all along. In the last kilometers of the Col du Galibier (HC) and on the descent to Serre Chevalier, he started to lose some seconds and at last came to finish 17th. He has every right to be satisfied with his great performance on such a stage.
After Col du Télégraphe and at the beginning of the final, hardest and most decisive climb, Col du Galibier (HC), Primož Roglič (TLJ) went to his great and unbelievable solo towards his victory and the first victory ever for a Slovenian rider on Tour de France. Chris Froome (QSF) made a bigger gap in his overall lead. Marcel Kittel (SKY) was forced to quit after five victories at this year’s Tour de France.
Ondrej Cink commented after the race: »I really did try my best. We wanted to be in a breakaway and I jumped into it and wanted to follow the best climbers, such as Contador, and stayed there almost till the end. I’m very happy that I showed the team jersey as planned. I had some pain in my knee but I fought till the end.«