Simon Yates concedes he simply 'wasn't strong enough' to stay with the favourites on the Col du Galibier

The young Briton held onto his white jersey, but admitted it was a bad day in the mountains at the Tour de France on stage 17

Simon Yates at the 2017 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

It was always Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme’s hope for this race that the GC would remain a tight battle until the two biggest mountain stages in the Alps, where cracks would finally begin to show between the main contenders.

Unfortunately, for white jersey leader Simon Yates, he was one of those most affected by the first of those stages, which took the race to its highest point on the Col du Galibier.

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