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Tour de France stage 17 - Live coverage
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Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 18 of the Tour de France.
As the Cyclingnews blimp takes height over the Alps, the riders are signing on the stunning ski resort of Meribel.
Today's stage is 175km long but the riders face a 21km neutralised sector as they descent the valley from Meribel. The stage will actually start in Moutiers.
AS always, we will have all the live action as the final Alpine stage offers a last chance for Tadej Pogacar to attack race leader Primoz Roglic and for other riders to move up the GC.
We're expecting to see a real fight to get in the break of the day as soon as the flag drops and the stage begins. Later there could also be attacks on the key climbs before the fast descent to the finish in La Roche-sur-Foron, close to the border with Switzerland.
Marc Hirschi is just one of the stronger riders looking to get in the early attack.
He won stage 12 to Sarran and could be a threat today.
This is what the riders face today.
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