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Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Right that's me done for today. Thanks for joining me.

    All the general classification contenders finished together so there were no changes going into a big three days in the Alps.

    You can read our report on stage 17 here.

    See you all soon.

  2. As it stands

    General classification after stage 17:

    1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck Quick-Step) 69hrs 39mins 16secs

    2. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Ineos) +1min 35secs

    3. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +1min 47secs

    4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +1min 50secs

    5. Egan Bernal (Col/Team Ineos) +2mins 2secs

    6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) +2mins 14secs

    7. Mikel Landa (Spa/Movistar) +4mins 54secs

    8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +5mins

    9. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +5mins 33secs

    10. Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +6mins 30secs

  3. 'It was a really emotional finish'

    Matteo Trentin

    Stage 17 winner Matteo Trentin speaking to ITV 4: "It was a really emotional finish. It was a super-strong group and it was amazing to ride away on a climb.

    "With a big group it was always a case of anticipating. Even without a group collaboration we took a lot of time out of the peloton.

    "I knew if I got a 10 second gap I would have the legs to finish it off. The most important thing for me was to stick with my pace."

  4. Listen: Bespoke at the Tour

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    So basically that was a breather for the main GC riders. But we've got three huge days coming up.

    If you fancy catching up on today and looking forward to stage 18 and beyond, have a listen to the BBC BeSpoke podcast at the Tour.

    The latest post will be up later this evening here.

  5. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Ex-GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, in France

    With the three days to come going into the final stage in Paris, with so much climbing, so much difficulty, so much at stake, today was all about just getting through for the main GC riders.

  6. Trentin the most aggresive rider

    Unsurprisingly Matteo Trentin has also picked up the combativity prize today.

    Matteo Trentin
  7. Post update

    Race leader Julian Alaphilippe is up at the head of the peloton being flanked by defending champion Geraint Thomas as they wheel down towards the finish.

  8. Post update

    The main group are going to finish some 15 minutes down on Matteo Trentin.

    They are still working their way down the Col de la Sentinelle at a serene pace.

  9. Stage 17 results

    Here's how stage 17 panned out:

    1. Matteo Trentin (Ita/Mitchelton-Scott) 4Hours 21mins 36secs
    2. Kaasper Asgreen (Den/Deceuninck-Quick Step +37secs
    3. Greg van Avermaet (Bel/CCC) +41secs
    4. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo) Same time
    5. Dylan Teuns (Bel/Bahrain Merida)
    6. Gorka Izaguirre (Spa/Astan)
    7. Daniel Oss (Ita/Bora-Hansgrohe)
    8. Pierre-Luc Perichon Fra/Cofidis) +50secs
    9. Toms Skujins (Lat/Trek–Segafredo) same time
    10. Jesus Herrada (Spa/Cofidis) +55secs
  10. Post update

    Adam Yates may be struggling to contend in the GC but it's still a pretty decent Tour de France for Mitchelton Scott.

    Just the four stage wins for the Australian team.

  11. Trentin wins stage 17

    Matteo Trentin

    Matteo Trentin wins stage 17. That's his third stage win at the Tour de France in his career.

  12. Post update

    A spot of bother back in the peloton involving Tony Martin and Luke Rowe. Crikey what happened there?

  13. Trentin closing in on victory

    Matteo Trentin is surely not going to be caught from here. He's closing in on a fourth stage win for Mitchelton-Scott at the Tour.

  14. Post update

    Matteo Trentin is descending as smooth as silk. He's taken another few seconds out of Kasper, Asgreen with Pierre-Luc Perichon in third.

  15. Post update

    Matteo Trentin as the Italian is on the descent into Gap with about 30 seconds on Kasper Asgreen.

    Surely that will be enough to hold off the Dane?

  16. Post update

    Gareth Rhys Owen

    BBC reporter, in France

    Kasper Asgreen was second in the Tour of Flanders. He has power and strength. If he has enough gas in the tank he could really motor here.

  17. Post update

    Kasper Asgreen is attacking. Matteo Trentin beware.

    The Deceuninck–Quick-Step man is flying.

  18. Trentin needs a decent gap

    Rob Hayles

    Ex-GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, in France

    I think Matteo Trentin will need about 30-35 seconds after cresting this climb to be able to win. He will just have to race his own time trial.

  19. Post update

    Matteo Trentin's jersey is flaying in the breeze and he's drenched in sweat as he continues to pump his legs up the Col de la Sentinelle.

    He's still got a fair chunk of this climb to go though.