And welcome to our live rolling blog from stage 17 at the 107th edition of the Tour de France, the 168-kilometre run from Grenoble to Méribel. Before we have a look at today’s stage, let’s have a recap of what happened yesterday. First up, here’s Tom Cary‘s report in which Sir Dave Brailsford has defends Ineos Grenadiers’ tactics and team selection for the Tour . . .
Various theories have been put forward for Ineos’s struggles at this Tour, and Brailsford addressed them one by one. On the selection controversy, specifically the decision to leave out former winners Froome and Thomas, and instead bring in Ecuadorean Richard Carapaz, he was unequivocal.
“I don’t gamble,” Brailsford said. “People are entitled to their opinions, but I didn’t gamble with selection. They were big decisions. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. I’m sure that people have a lot to say but they’re not privy to the facts that I’ve got.”
Read Tom Cary’s report
Meanwhile, our colleagues at The Cycling Podcast published their latest episode on Tuesday night. While we are waiting for today’s stage to get under way, why don’t you give it a listen?
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau are in a bustling square in Grenoble.
They recap a stage to Villard-de-Lans which was won by the Bora-Hansgrohe rider Lennard Kamna, who succeeded where he and his teammate failed last week when they were outfought by Dani Martinez.
We hear from Team Ineos Grenadiers boss Dave Brailsford about how they are recalibrating after defending champion Egan Bernal faltered at the weekend.
And from Rod Ellingworth, enjoying his first Tour as the big boss of Bahrain-McLaren and hoping Mikel Landa can still make a run for the podium.