Date: Wednesday, July 20 2011

From/to: Gap to Pinerolo

Distance: 179km

Type: High mountains

Impact on jerseys

Yellow 3/5

Green 1/5

Polka dot 3/5

Starting in France and finishing in Italy, stage 17 could be more important than the profile would suggest.

The mid-stage challenges of the Col de Montgenèvre and then the first-category climb up to Sestrière will split the peloton up into several groups, many of which should come back together on the 45km descent off the rarely-visited Italian ski-resort.

For the second day running, a second-category climb positioned shortly before the finish could light the touch paper, particularly as the Côte de Pramartino’s descent is both twisting and technical.

Stage 17 profile, Tour de France 2011

Stage 17 map, Tour de France 2011

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