How good was the 2017 Tour de France? Riders and sports directors have their say

Race insiders reflect on the last three weeks of racing

The race favourites climb the Col d'Izoard on stage 18

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The 2017 Tour de France had it all: crashes, disqualification, controversy and a tightly packed classification battle heading towards Paris and stage 21. Experts say that the rivals may be upping their game or that Chris Froome's forces may be levelling off.

Froome secured his fourth title by 54 seconds ahead Colombian Rigoberto Urán (Cannondale-Drapac) and 2-20 over Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) after a decisive stage 20 time trial in Marseille.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.