The climbers of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty made the jersey of the Walloon team shine in the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France, considered as the queen stage of this edition.
The peloton had to climb the col des Saisies, followed by the Cormet de Roselend, the col de Longefroy and in eventually the Col de la Loze, with its 2300 meter the highest point of this year’s edition.
Rui Costa, who was already in the breakaway in the fifteenth stage, returned on the attack by joining the leading group of around twenty riders on the Cormet de Roselend.
The Portuguese rider rode in the lead of the race until the final difficulty, with Georg Zimmermann performing really well in the yellow jersey group behind. He accompanied the best climbers until the final kilometers of the last climb.
After 165 kilometer, Zimmermann reached Courchevel in seventeenth position. Adrien Petit crossed the line within the time limits, just like his teammates, and will be at the start of the next stage which is more suitable for sprinters.