Tour de France stage 17 Col de la Loze
The 17th stage of the Tour de France was fought out on the super-steep high-altitude Col de la Loze, situated in the mountains above Meribel. This 21.5km climb is mostly around the 7% gradient mark but kilometres 18 and 19 average at 11%, plus this section features gradients at over 20%. The last 2.5 kilometres before the finish average almost 10%.
“It was a really brutal climb in the last 3 to 4 Kilometres, you can’t compare it to anything. I’m glad it’s behind us now”.
Miguel Lopez took his first ever Tour de France stage win on the “Queen’s Stage” to move up to third in the GC on the summit of the Col de la Loze. Primoz Roglic retained his yellow jersey finishing just ahead of Tadej Pogacar on this brutal climb.
Lopez’s made his bid for glory with 3km to go where the gradients reached 20% and nobody was able to follow his wheel.