Simon Geschke wins Stage 17 of Tour

Jul 22, 2015 1:41 PM by Ross Field

PRA LOUP, France (AP) - Simon Geschke of the Giant-Alpecin team has won a tough and dangerous Stage 17 in the Alps with a brave solo breakaway and hairy and treacherous descent to ride in alone to the Pra Loup ski station.

The bearded German held off Andrew Talansky of Cannondale-Garmin, who was in hot pursuit on the final climb.

Race leader Chris Froome showed his bike-handling skills on the last terrifying high-speed descent where 2007 and 2009 winner Alberto Contador suffered a problem with his bike, costing him time.

Geschke celebrated his win with a double fist-pump.

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