Chris Froome fends off attacks in the Alps to retain Tour de France lead

Simon Geschke takes the victory in Pra Loup on stage 17 of the 2015 Tour de France as Tejay van Garderen withdraws and Alberto Contador crashes and loses time. Photos by Graham Watson

Chris Froome on stage seventeen of the 2015 Tour de France

Chris Froome on stage seventeen of the 2015 Tour de France

(Image credit: Watson)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) managed to fend off attacks from his overall Tour de France rivals on the first full day in the Alps, which saw American contender Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) withdraw from the race and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) lose time due to a crash.

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