Roglic wins stage, Kit­tel quits race

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Serre-Che­va­lier, France - Former cham­pion ski-jumper Pri­moz Roglic took a sen­sa­tional solo vic­tory on the moun­tain­ous 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wed­nes­day.

Team Sky’s Chris Froome came home third to stretch his over­all lead to 27 sec­onds and keep the yel­low jersey. Rigob­erto Uran moved up to sec­ond and Fabio Aru dropped to fourth, with Ro­main Bardet re­main­ing third.

Slove­nia's Roglic, 27, was ju­nior world ski-jump­ing cham­pion in 2007 but be­came a pro­fes­sional cy­clist in 2014.

Uran took sec­ond, one minute 13 sec­onds be­hind Roglic, to snatch six bonus sec­onds that moved him up to sec­ond, on the same time as Bardet.

Froome also took four bonus sec­onds for fin­ish­ing third to help in­crease his lead. Aru came 31sec later to drop to fourth at 53sec ahead of Thurs­day's sec­ond straight Alpine stage with its bru­tal fin­ish at the sum­mit of the im­pos­ing Col d'Izoard.

The day also saw sprint star Mar­cel Kit­tel quit the Tour af­ter a crash on the 183km, 17th stage in the Alps from La Mure to Serre-Che­va­lier.

The 29 year old Ger­man was lead­ing the sprint­ers' green jersey com­pe­ti­tion at the time he aban­doned hav­ing won five stages so far.

The Quick-Step Ger­man rider crashed 20km into Wed­nes­day's stage. He was cut and blood­ied and even needed to change a shoe while hang­ing onto his team car as the race con­tin­ued.

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