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Tour de France: Majka claims stage 17

Tour de France: Majka claims stage 17
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Poland’s Rafal Majka produced a superb solo effort to claim stage 17 of the Tour de France in Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet on Wednesday.

Having already triumphed in the Alps, the Tinkoff-Saxo rider looked in great shape as he formed part of the day’s initial 22-man breakaway.

With only 8kms to go before the finish line, Majka stepped it up a gear and launched a devastating attack to outsmart his fellow escapees.

Giovanni Visconti had briefly led up the final climb but it wasn’t to be for the Italian rider as Majka eventually caught up with him, crossing the finish-line in an impressive time of 3 hours, 35 minutes and 23 seconds.

Visconti came home second while fellow countryman Vincenzo Nibali finished third on the stage, 46 seconds behind Majka, to extend his lead atop the overall standings.