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Summary

  1. Primoz Roglic wins stage 17
  2. Froome extends lead to 27 seconds
  3. Uran and Bardet now second and third
  4. Marcel Kittel abandons - he had been in green jersey

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By Paul Fletcher

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

And so that is it from me until the weekend. But what a fantastic stage we have in prospect tomorrow - 179.5km from Briancon to Izoard and surely the last serious chance for someone, anyone, to really try to take some time out of Chris Froome.

With a time trial in Marseille on Saturday, they will need to.

Goodbye.

Chapeau Roglic

And so a brilliant stage in the Alps saw a superb win for former world junior ski jumping champion Primoz Roglic and Chris Froome extend his lead at the top of the standings to 27 precious seconds.

That lead will doubtless be tested to the full tomorrow on the slope up to the summit finish at Izoard.

Sadly, there will be no Marcel Kittel when we start tomorrow. Nor Dan McLay. Nor Thibaut Pinot. They all abandoned.

Primoz Roglic
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Dan Martin on his Galibier attacks

"I just thought I'd test it out and make it uncomfortable for Sky. The tempo wasn't so hard so I thought I'd try them out. I'm not sure how Chris Froome is feeling, he's got a good poker face".

"I think I've jumped one place on the general classification and it's just good to feel good again".

Yellow jersey

General classification after stage 17:

1. Chris Froome (GBR/Team Sky) 73hrs 27mins 26secs

2. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +27secs

3. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) Same Time

4. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +53secs

5. Mikel Landa (Spa/Team Sky) +1min 24secs

6. Daniel Martin (Ire/Quick-Step Floors) +2mins 37secs

7. Simon Yates (GBR/Orica-Scott) +4mins 07secs

8. Louis Meintjes (SA/UAE Team Emirates) +6mins 35secs

9. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +7mins 45secs

10. Warren Barguil (Fra/Team Sunweb) +8mins 52secs

Crazy, huh? Incredible.

Stage winner Primoz Roglic

"Crazy, huh? Incredible. This stage of the Galibier? No words".

"Right now I can still not really ponder all these feelings, later I will know how big it is".

"I somehow decide to go for it finally today, also my girlfriend and family were here today".

Primoz Roglic
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The top 10

Stage 19 result:

1. Primoz Roglic (Slo/LottoNL-Jumbo) 5hrs 7mins 41secs

2. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +1min 13secs

3. Chris Froome (GBR/ Team Sky) Same Time

4. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale)

5. Warren Barguil (Fra/Team Sunweb)

6. Mikel Landa (Spain / Team Sky) +1min 16secs

7. Daniel Martin (Ire/ Quick-Step Floors) +1min 43secs

8. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) +1min 44secs

9. Louis Meintjes (South Africa/UAE Team Emirates) Same Time

10. Fabio Aru (Italy/Astana)

Yates remains in white

Simon Yates - sixth in the GC - remains in the white jersey as the best young rider in the race.

He still has a lead of more than two minutes over Louis Meintjes.

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Andrew Harvey: What a stage! Best stage of @LeTour I can remember for a while. Chapeau Roglic, hell of a ride. On to Izoard tomorrow.

Top five in the GC

1. Chris Froome

2. Rigoberto Uran, 27 secs

3. Romain Bardet, Same Time

4. Fabio Aru, 53 secs

5. Mikel Landa, 1min 24secs

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Did I mention that Primoz Roglic used to be a ski jumper?

'He landed on his feet'

Simon Brotherton

Radio 5 live at the Tour de France

Former ski-jumper Primoz Roglic really landed on his feet today!

We are hearing that provisionally Chris Froome leads by 27 seconds from both Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet.

"It is tight at the top," deadpans Rob Hayles. Quite so.

Simon Yates comes in more than three minutes behind the winner. And boy, was there a look of total pain on his face.

Tough day for the man who had been in the white jersey as the best young rider in the race.

Froome stays in yellow

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

A great win by Roglic, we know the former ski jumper can descend well.

And what a mauling in that second group - they were all fighting for everything they could - they were really, really hurting

Primoz Roglic
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So it finishes Uran second, Froome third and Bardet fourth.

The group with Dan Martin and Fabio Aru comes in a little while later.

Uran second, Froome third and Bardet fourth
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A sprint finish from the GC contenders. I mean, really, what powers them on.

And here come Froome and co.

Roglic takes the stage

LottNL-Jumbo's Primoz Roglic crosses the line to win a stage of the Tour de France for the first time.

Congratulations to the 27-year-old.

Primoz Roglic
Reuters

1km to go

Yep, Roglic, no doubt.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

Fabio Aru as it stands right now on the road has dropped from second to fourth - he is desperate now, fighting for his podium position.

Primoz Roglic won a stage at the 2016 Giro d'Italia but will be winning a Tour de France stage for the first time. He has looked very strong over the last hour.

Chapeau.

Sun shining. What thunderstorms?

3km to go

Fabio Aru sliding off the podium as it stands, with Romain Bardet up to second and Rigoberto Uran third.

The five - Froome, Uran, Bardet, Barguil and Landa - still working together.

This will end as another stage very successfully ticked off by Sky.

Primoz Roglic looking smooth, heading to victory.

6km to go

Yup, superb stuff from Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who is time trialling his way to a stage win.

Still leads by 90 seconds.

Primoz Roglic
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Primoz Roglic earlier in the day...

8km to go

Dan Martin and four others are in the group with Fabio Aru - Alberto Contador is in there too.

Simon Yates is with Serge Pauwels a little while behind them.

Dialogue between Romain Bardet and Chris Froome.

Is the key thing here keeping clear of Fabio Aru?

10km to go

Primoz Roglic tucked down, on his top tube, pedalling.

That looks kind of painful, like there could be an accident at any moment.

He leads by 1.20 - surely it is his stage now?

12.5km to go

Chris Froome's group is up to five riders now - with Romain Bardet, Rigoberto Uran, Warren Barguil and Mikel Landa up with him.

They are 90 seconds behind Primoz Roglic.

Fabio Aru is desperate to catch Froome's group.

Fabio Aru is a good 20 seconds behind Froome, Bardet, Uran.

Will the Italian end the stage outside the top three?

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

The steeper, twistier sections are pretty much done now, in the main at least.

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Agreed.

SamC: This descent is absolutely terrifying. Hard to watch.

20km to go

Froome, Uran, Bardet, Barguil - the four of them in pursuit of Roglic.

This is not easy viewing, so fast, such sheer drops. This could give me vertigo.

Primoz Roglic is doing 68km per hour.

He leads by 90 seconds from the smallish yellow jersey group in pursuit. Fabio Aru is currently not part of that group.

25km to go

They will come down quickly now.

Primoz Roglic is flying down the mountain. To say there is a sheer rockface over the edge.....

"Let's not think about it," says Rob Hayles.

Fans swamp the road

Simon Brotherton

Radio 5 live at the Tour de France

One or two of the fans need to get a little bit further from the riders here.

'Yates just starting to run out of legs'

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

Simon Yates just starting to run out of legs here in the last kilometre of this climb.

Simon Yates
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Tough for Aru

Will Italian Fabio Aru - second in the GC standings - be the big loser today? He is struggling to keep up with his big GC rivals.

Alberto Contador is caught by Warren Barguil as they go over the top.

Colombians running up the hill with Darwin Atapuma. Must be putting him off? Surely?

Behind them Romain Bardet attacks again, dangerous this with fans thick all around.

Primoz Roglic is first over the top - the long, long downhill starts now.

We have been over the highest point in the race.

Fans thick around Primoz Roglic as he closes in on the top of the Galibier. Incredible scenes.

Simon Yates sliding off the back of the yellow jersey group again.