Roglic wins stage, Kittel quits race
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.