Trentin wins stage 17 of Tour de France as Alaphilippe maintains lead

Gap: European champion Matteo Trentin, of Australian team Mitchelton-Scott, has won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, a hilly 200-kilometre ride from the Pont du Gard.

Julian Alaphilippe, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, rides with the pack next to the Pont du Gard.Credit:AP

The Italian jumped away from a reduced group of breakaway riders at the foot of the last climb and further powered away in the descent to claim his third stage win on the Tour.

"It was a really emotional finish," said Trentin. "Doing it in the Tour de France with this finish, it's just amazing."

It was his team's fourth stage win this year after Simon Yates's brace and Daryl Impey's victory.

Dane Kasper Asgreen (Quick Step) and Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) finished the stage in second and third place respectively.

Italy’s Matteo Trentin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win stage 17.Credit:AP

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step) managed to hold on to the overall leader's yellow jersey.

Thursday's 18th stage is a 208-kilometre mountain trek between Embrun and Valloire featuring three climbs above 2000 metres.

Reuters

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