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Tour de France: Five things to know entering 17th stage
Tour de France: Five things to know entering 17th stage

Five things to know as the Tour de France enters its 17th stage Wednesday: 1. Don't mind the gap: Usually at the Tour, the yellow jersey-wearer and his teammates will chase down a breakaway to protect his lead. But during Tuesday's 16th stage, a bunch around Chris Froome didn't pursue more than 20 riders out in front — and by the end, stage winner Rui Costa of Portugal finished a massive 11 minutes 8 seconds ahead of Froome. But the British leader didn't mind the gap: Even with his stage win, the Portuguese rider is in 20th place and remains 22:34 behind Froome. 2. Do mind the bends: Froome got quite a scare during the ride into the Alpine town of Gap. The...

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