Rafal Majka was already known to be a rising star of the cycling world, but he has proved his talent and then some at his debut Tour de France.
Riding on the back of the Giro d’Italia, Majka has come to the fore after team leader Alberto Contador crashed out injured to win two stages and move into the a commanding King of the Mountains lead.
The Polish ace was in sublime form on stage 17, splitting up the breakaway with the help of team-mate Nicolas Roche before soloing to victory on the summit finish of the Pla d’Adet.
Vincenzo Nibali stretched his overall lead with his own show of strength, working his way through the remnants of the breakaway to eventually finish third.
Relive another enthralling stage in the Pyrenees in the full-width gallery below.
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Four categorised climbs, including the hors categorie summit finish atop the Pla d'Adet, made for a punishing day in the saddle (pic: Sirotti)
Alejandro Valverde was perhaps the highest profile casualty of the brutal slopes, losing contact with his GC rivals (pic: Sirotti)
Van the man
Tejay van Garderen was in resurgent form however, offering perhaps a glimpse of the future as he, Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet rode together up the Pla d'Adet (pic: Sirotti)
Jurgen van den Broeck's hopes of a high GC placing have faded in the Pyrenees. Despite being in the day's break, he finished behind his fellow GC men again on the Pla d'Adet (pic: Sirotti)
Leopold Konig lost time on the stage, but a resurgent performance on the final climb saw him retain his top ten spot (pic: Sirotti)
Nicolas Roche put on a show for the travelling Irish fans, having played the perfect support role for Rafal Majka (pic: Sirotti)
Frank Schleck and Bauke Mollema both moved back up the GC after a strong performance (pic: Sirotti)
Giovanni Visconti attacked, and led solo on the lower ramps of the Pla d'Adet (pic: Sirotti)
Last man standing
Rafal Majka caught and passed Giovanni Visconti on the Pla d'Adet to head into the final kilometre alone (pic: Sirotti)
Two's a crowd
Majka celebrates his second stage win of this year's race (pic: Sirotti)
Vincenzo Nibali extended his overall lead by attacking late and finishing third, with Jean-Christophe Peraud sticking to his wheel (pic: Sirotti)
Nicolas Roche celebrates after helping to set up Majka's victory (pic: Sirotti)
Rafal Majka's debut Tour de France has proved to be one to remember (pic: Sirotti)
Vincenzo Nibali's collection of yellow jerseys and fluffy lions is showing no signs of stopping growing (pic: Sirotti)
Svein Tuft and Andre Greipel lead the grupetto in. Marcel Kittel was the last man to cross the finish line, 28:56 after Rafal Majka (pic: Sirotti)