Tour de France 2014: stage 17 - photo gallery

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Tour de France 2014: stage 17 – photo gallery

Rafal Majka stretches King of the Mountains lead with victory on Pla d'Adet

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.

Meanwhile, 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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