Simon Geschke of the Giant-Alpecin team won a tough and dangerous Stage 17 of the Tour de France in the Alps on Wednesday with a brave solo ride, while former champion Alberto Contador fell during a terrifying high-speed descent.
Race leader Chris Froome staved off multiple attacks to get through the first of four days in the Alps unscathed. He showed great bike-handling skills on the 16-kilometer (10-mile) descent from the Col d'Allos mountain pass, where he hit speeds of 60 kph (40 mph) on the twisting, narrow bends.
Geschke was first down that slope, having ridden off ahead with 50 kilometers (30 miles) still to go.
Showing how tricky the descent was,...