Chris Froome's rivals fade on stage 17 as he increases Tour de France lead

Nairo Quintana unable to follow Chris Froome on final climb in Switzerland as the Briton extends his overall Tour de France lead - Ilnur Zakarin takes solo stage win

Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana at the 2016 Tour de France

(Image credit: Watson)

The expected attacks on 2016 Tour de France race leader Chris Froome (Sky) largely failed to materialise during stage 17 of the race in the Swiss Alps on Wednesday. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) faded in the stage's summit finale, losing more time to Froome.

Froome strengthened his overall grip on the general classification after the stage to Finhaut-Emosson, and now sits 2-27 ahead of Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), who was dropped by the pace of the GC group in the final kilometres.

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