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Poland's Rafal Majka claims stage 17 of the Tour de France

Poland's Rafal Majka, holder of the polka-dot jersey, won Wednesday's mountain stage of the Tour de France while Italy's Vincenzo Nibali extended his general classification lead.

Majka, a member of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, won the 17th stage - a 124.5-kilometer (77-mile) ride from Saint-Gaudens to Saint- Lary Pla d'Adet in the Pyrenees - adding to his victory in the 14th stage. The 24-year-old finished in a time of 3 hours, 35 minutes, 23 seconds. Today's mountain stage finished with a 10.2 kilometer climb at 8.3 percent and Majka pulled away from Giovanni Visconti with 2.5 kilometers of the stage remaining.

King of the mountains leader and stage winner Rafal Majka.
King of the mountains leader and stage winner Rafal Majka. Photo: Reuters

Nibali finished third, extending his lead over Spain's Alejandro Valverde to 5 minutes, 26 seconds in the overall classification. The 29-year-old Astana rider has held the leader's yellow jersey since winning the 10th stage.

Thursday's final Pyrenees stage is a 145.5 kilometer ride from Pau to Hautacam including the 2115-meter Col du Tourmalet, a 17-kilometer climb at 7.3 percent. The Tour de France finishes in Paris on July 27.

Extended his lead: Italy's Vincenzo Nibali.
Extended his lead: Italy's Vincenzo Nibali. Photo: AP

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