The Tour de France 2017 began its final foray into the mountains on stage 17, with a first of two stages into the Alps.

Wednesday’s 183km stage from La Mure to Serre Chevalier would take riders on a gruelling course over four climbs, the Col d’Ornon, the HC Col de la Croix de Fer, the Col du Télégraph and the highest climb of the Tour, the Col du Galibier.

From there the riders need to descend from the Galibier and down the Col du Lautaret towards Serre Chevalier.

The parcours looks riper for a breakaway win, but with the standings so close in the general classification, there would surely be some movement between the contenders looking to dethrone Chris Froome (Team Sky) from the top of the standings.

For most of the peloton though, the stage is simply about survival and ensuring that they make it to the finish within the time cut to take them one day close to Paris.

Read a full account of the action with our stage 17 report here.

The Tour de France continues in the Alps on Thursday with a stage to the summit finish on the Col d’Izoard, with the race concluding on Sunday July 23 in Paris after three further stages.