Tour de France 2021: Stage 17 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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110.8 mi
DISTANCE
13,531 ft
GAINED
1.1 %
AVG. GRADE

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Climbs of Stage 17 (Mountain Stage 5): 
1) Col de Peyresourde - Bagneres-de-Luchon (category 1) - Anthony Turgis (FRA)
2) Col de Val Louron-Azet (category 1) - Anthony Perez (FRA)
3) Col de Portet (Hors-Categorie) - Tadej Pogacar (SLO)

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TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 17:  MOUNTAIN STAGE 5

178 km / 4124m

MURET > SAINT-LARY-SOULAN COL DU PORTET

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STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 21 (July 18)

Individual standings

Rider

Time

gap

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar (SLO)

82h 56’ 36”

UAE Team Emirates

2

Jonas Vingegaard (DEN)

83h 01” 56”

00h 05' 20"

Jumbo-Visma

3

Richard Carapaz (ECU)

83h 03’ 39”

00h 07’ 03”

Ineos Grenadiers

KOM Standing

Rider

KOM Points

Country

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar

107

Slovenia

UAE Team Emirates

2

Wouter Poels

88

Netherlands

Bahrain Victorious

3

Jonas Vingegaard

82

Denmark

Jumbo-Visma

Stage 17 Climbs

Category

Winner

Points Awarded

Bonus points

Strava KOM

Time/speed (mph)

Col de Peyresourde

1

Anthony Turgis (FRA)

10

julien loubet

36:52 / 13.9

Col d'Azet (Genos)

1

Anthony Perez (FRA)

10

David Gaudu

21:15 / 12.6

Col de Portet

HC

Tadej Pogacar (SLO)

40

Steven Kruijswijk

50:26 / 12

Official pre-race summary for Stage 17 (July 14):

ON QUINTANA’S TERRITORY

After the highest start at Pas de la Casa, col du Portet offers the highest stage finish at 2215 meters above sea level. Three years ago, Nairo Quintana imposed his climbing skills on a specific format of a 65-km long stage. This time around, he’s hunting for the polka dot jersey and it’s the right day for it. However, he’s no longer with powerhouse Movistar but with the small wild-card team Arkea-Samsic, now reduced to three men after some crashes. The fight for the King of the Mountains competition is probably the fiercest to expect as the yellow jersey looks like it belongs to Tadej Pogacar who will receive the support of a huge Slovenian crowd on the slopes of the Pyrenean ski resort of Saint-Lary-Soulan. Letour.fr - Stage 17

Official post-race summary for Stage 17 (July 14):

SLOVENIAN BEAR AT HOME IN THE PYRÉNÉES

Two years after he claimed his first Grand Tour stage victory in Andorra at La Vuelta and one year after he took his first Tour de France stage victory in Laruns, Tadej Pogacar imposed himself with the yellow jersey at col du Portet, making stage 17 the queen stage of the Tour de France. The Slovenian outsprinted Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz and extended his lead overall.

Six riders in the lead

145 riders took the start of stage 17 in Muret at 12.16. After a first attempt by Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), Pierre Rolland (B&B-KTM) was the first rider who managed to go clear. He stayed away for 13 kilometres. Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Danny van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert), Dorian Godon (AG2R-Citroën) and Anthony Pérez (Cofidis) managed to get a gap at km 18. Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) and Maxime Chevalier (B&B-KTM) bridged the gap at km 30. Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) rode in between for a while before he surrendered. A time difference of 8’20’’ was recorded at km 60. Van Poppel won the intermediate sprint at Bagnères-de-Luchon where Michael Matthews won the sprint of the peloton ahead of Mark Cavendish.

Perez, the enfant du pays on tour on Bastille Day

At the beginning of the ascent to col de Peyresourde, Elie Gesbert (Arkea-Samsic) sped up to launch the action of his captain Nairo Quintana. Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) went with them and Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) bridged the gap. Latour was the only one to stay away until the bottom of Val Louron where the deficit of the yellow jersey group led by UAE Team Emirates was reduced to 4’. Perez rode away solo at the front 5.5km before the summit of the second climb of the day. He passed Val Louron 10’’ before Godon. The two Frenchmen formed a special Bastille Day leading duo 22km before the end with an advantage of 3’40’’ over the peloton. Perez, the enfant du pays, rode away solo again with 13.5km to go.

Pogacar with no help in the battle royale

Perez was brought back 8.5km before the finishing line. Pogacar sped up. Only Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz managed to hold his pace. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) escaped from the chasing group to try and catch the leading trio. Pogacar did all the pacing at the front until Carapaz attacked 1.5km before the summit. The Ecuadorian didn’t drop the Slovenian off. Vingegaard struggled to follow but came across to contest the stage victory but Pogacar showed his superiority to put his mark on a prestigious win at the highest finish of the Tour de France.  Letour.fr - Stage 17

STAGE 17 DETAILS AND STATISTICS

Map of Tour de France 2021 Stage 17, Muret to Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet

Official Map of 2021 Tour de France Stage 17. 

Tour de France 2021 Stage 17, Muret to Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet 

2021 Tour de France Stage 17. 

Stage 17:

  • Distance: 178 kilometers
  • Altitude Gained: 4,124 meters
  • Percentage Grade:
  • 33% flat or descent
  • 45% 0-5%
  • 19% 5-10%
  • 3 10-15%
  • Steepest (is on Col du Portet):
  • 500 meters 11.1%
  • 1 Kilometer 10.7%
  • Highest Point on the Route: 2,215 meters (Col de Portet)
  • Lowest Point on the Route: 191 meters

COMMENTS FROM RACE DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN PRUDHOMME - STAGE 17:

“The Tour resumes from the bottom of the Pyrenees to face them differently with this stage that has two faces, with a big chain ring on over 100 kilometres before taking on three major obstacles in a row: Peyresourde, Val Louron-Azet and to finish off, the 16-km climb at an average gradient close to 9% of the unforgiving Col du Portet. Big efforts required for what promises to be quite a show” (Tour de France Stage 17).

THE CLIMBS OF STAGE 17 OF THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

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CLIMB 1 (CAT 1) - COL DE PEYRESOURDE 

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CLIMB 2 (CAT 1) - COL DE VAL LOURON-AZET

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CLIMB 3 (HC #3) - COL DE PORTET

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EXPLANATION OF KING OF MOUNTAIN, KOM POINTS AND BONUS POINTS

FOR THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

KOM DEFINED:  Climb-related points are accumulated during the race and the rider with the most accumulated points at the beginning of the stage wears the red polka dot jersey that day and the rider with the most points at the end of the race is crowned that year’s Tour de France King of the Mountains.

“Category”:  When the mountain classification (King of the Mountains) was introduced in 1933, there were points given to the first 10 riders over the summit (10 for first, 1 for 10th).  In 1947, the Tour introduced two climb “categories” with a certain amount of points for the second category and twice as many as for the first category.  Over the years “categories” were added, in addition to an “Above” category (Hors or HC) and since 1979 there have been an HC (hardest), Category 1 (second hardest) on down to Category 4 (least difficult climb).

The category of the climb is significant for 2 reasons:

  • The points awarded for the TdF KOM for each climb is based upon the category of climb - thus, “category” is the basis for the points that are used to determine each year’s King of the Mountains.
  • Most cycling fans, particularly Grand Tour fans, are very interested in the climb “category” because that tells them how hard each climb on a stage is and where the riders will struggle more and the point in a stage where that day, or even the entire tour, will be won or lost.

KOM HISTORY:  King of the Mountains -- Mountain Classification victories (first recognized in 1933; jersey introduced 1975)

POINTS:  KOM points are awarded in two ways on the Tour de France:

  •  To riders first over the summit of categorized climbs (in descending order HC, 1-4).  
  • The higher the category the more riders receive points (HC points are awarded to 8 riders while CAT 4 points are awarded to only 1 rider).
  • Bonus point (see below).

TDF POINTS FORMULA:

Wikipedia has the best summary and graph we’ve seen for TdF KOM points distribution:

he points gained by consecutive riders reaching a mountain top are distributed according to the following classification:

Wikipedia - Mountains Classification - Tour de France

BONUS POINTS:  These points go towards the King of the Mountain designation and are awarded to the first (8 points), second (5) and third (2) riders reaching designated summits in the race.  

This year’s bonus points are given at the top of the following climbs:

Stage 2: Mûr-de-Bretagne (first passage)

Stage 7: Signal d’Uchon

Stage 8: Col de la Colombière

Stage 11: Mont Ventoux, second passage

Stage 14: Col de Saint-Louis

Stage 15: Col de Beixalis

MONEY PRIZES FOR KING OF THE MOUNTAINS

  • Prize for First to 4th place:
  • Winner = €25,000
  • 2nd = €15,000
  • 3rd = €10,000
  • 4th = €4,000, 5th €3,500, 6th €3,000, 7th €2,500, and 8th €2,000
  • Daily prize for wearing the Polka Dot jersey = €6,000
  • Per category climb:
  • HC
  • 1st = €800
  • 2nd = €450
  • 3rd = €300
  • Cat 1
  • 1st = €650
  • 2nd = €400
  • 3rd = €150
  • Cat 2
  • 1st = €500
  • 2nd = €250
  • Cat 3
  • 1st = €300
  • Cat 4
  • 1st = €200

Jacques Goddet Souvenir (Stage 18 Col du Tourmalet) = €5000

Henri Desgrange Souvenir (Stage 15 Port D’Envalira) = €5000

The maximum amount the KOM winner could earn if he won every stage and wore the jersey from Stage 2 to the finish is $178,250 Euros ($217,351)