Froome extends lead as Roglic wins stage

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Tour de France: 1-23 July
Coverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. BBC Radio coverage on 5 live sports extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stage

Britain’s Chris Froome extended his lead in the Tour de France as Slovenian Primoz Roglic won stage 17.

With four stages remaining, Team Sky rider Froome leads the race by 27 seconds from both Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran and Frenchman Romain Bardet.

Marcel Kittel abandoned after crashing 20km into the day, with Michael Matthews moving to the top of the green points jersey classification.

Britain’s Simon Yates retained the young rider jersey.

Kittel crash ends Tour

There was drama early in Thursday’s stage when German sprinter Kittel, the winner of five stages this year, abandoned after struggling to the top of the Croix de Fer.

Kittel, who has won 14 stages overall, had struggled on Wednesday as Matthews closed the gap in the green jersey competition.

And 24 hours later he injured his right shoulder in a crash on a flat section of road, 20km into the stage.

Australia’s Matthews, who was nine points adrift, holds a virtually unassailable advantage over Andre Greipel.

British sprinter Dan McLay, who was last in the overall classification, later joined the list of abandonments.

More to follow.

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