#Short #Sharp #Shock

The historic 65 km stage delivered a short, sharp shock to the peloton. Pasqua's ambition was simply to survive the stage within the time-cut and focus on saving his legs for the flat stage tomorrow were he will target a top five finish. He will also hope to enhance his position in the green jersey competition. Today was once again about the GC performance of his teammate Guillaume Martin.
Guillaume Martin and Wanty-Groupe Gobert warming up ahead of stage 17 2018 Tour de France
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 Stage 17 profile 2018 Tour de France
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Historic formula one style start on stage 17 2018 Tour de France


No-one could predict how the historically short stage 65 km stage 17 could have played out. Of the 65 kilometres from Bagneres de Luchon to the top of the Portet, no less than 38 were uphill. After a quick start the peloton exploded on the Val Louron Azet. Guillaume Martin became the victim of the acceleration of AG2R and could never return to the favourites group. Martin avoided the crash with Peter Sagan on the descent to Saint-Lary-Soulan. He eventually reached the top of the Col du Portet on the 29th position and retains his 15th place in the General Classification. On Thursday, the peloton moves to Pau in a transition stage to Lourdes.

Guillaume Martin:

"I am clearly disappointed because I lose eleven minutes. I did not have a great day, but in the beginning I had the right feeling. I felt a bit less on the second climb. On top of Val Louron Azet I gave up 200 meters, which I never could recover again. Sagan crashed in the descent and I nearly fell over him.

I slowed a bit down in the descent. I was able to maintain a good pace from the foot of the last climb, but the last 5 kilometers were very difficult. We experienced a very intense stage, interesting for the public but particularly exhausting for the riders. I arrived in one piece, that is already something. Now I will try to choose the right break on Friday, the goal is to keep my top 15 overall."

ASO Stage Summary
Nairo Quintana claimed the 19th Colombian stage victory at the Tour de France and the third this year after two bunch sprints by Fernando Gaviria, making the South American nation the most successful so far. The Movistar climber took the highest summit of the 105th edition in a solo move in the last climb to col du Portet. Geraint Thomas extended his lead in the overall ranking. 
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