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Tour de France 2017: From 'favourite' Chris Froome to unlucky Richie Porte, here's a review of contenders
We are just past the halfway stage in 2017 Tour de France and it would be therefore apt for us to review how the pre-race favourites have performed compared to the expectations of the media and the fans.
Romain Bardet and Fabio Aru blew the Tour de France yellow jersey race wide open on Thursday as Chris Froome showed his first signs of weakness.
Marcel Kittel, the 29-year-old German, was at his imperious best in winning a fifth sprint finish out of six, once again making it look easy.
Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome retains yellow jersey in ninth stage marred by spectacular crashes
Chris Froome emerged through the debris of a 'devastating' ninth stage of the Tour de France with his yellow jersey intact, but the race is over for Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas.
Italian Fabio Aru won the 160.5km fifth stage at La Planche des Belles Filles by 16 seconds from Ireland's Dan Martin to move up to third overall.
Britain's Chris Froome won his third Tour de France on Sunday to confirm his status as one of the all-time greats on the world's most gruelling race.