Stage 17 is the smallest stage at only 65 kilometers. The peloton will climb the Peyragudes, the Col de Val Louron-Azet, and the new final climb of the Col de Portet at 2,215 metres which is currently unpaved.
A stage that will give the Yellow Jersey wearer multiple headaches as this stage will see full on flat out racing from the gun and multiple attacks as GC rivals line up to have a go the Yellow jersey and each other. Throw in the Polka Dot jersey contenders and this stage could be the icing on the cake of animated racing.
The sprinters will just want to survive and the GC's domestique's will have an almost impossible task of pulling for their contenders.