Stage 17 and the second Individual Time Trial (ITT) marks the start of four days of very hard racing. Very hard not only for the GC riders trying to move into a podium position and the overall victory but also for the rouleurs and the sprinters, the latter trying desperately not to be eliminated by the time cut-off. It will also be a couple of hard days viewing for the fans on the roadside and viewing at home, so much to see, so much to take in!
The profile for this time trial is well balanced with two solid climbs of over 6%. But while both climbs are relatively short at 6.4kms and 6.9kms respectively, the pace of the 32km time trial will be frantic. The GC riders will really need to power-up to place well and the likes of Alberto Contador should excel.
*Photo of Chorges courtesy of www.mairie-chorges.fr