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German Simon Geschke won the first Alpine stage of the Tour de France this year on Wednesday's 17th stage as Chris Froome maintained his overall lead.Alberto Contador, who had started the day fifth, crashed on the difficult final descent off the Col d'Allos before the climb to the Pra Loup finish. He lost 2:17 to Froome and was overtaken by the Briton's Sky teammate Geraint Thomas, who is now fourth.Spaniard Alejandro Valverde is up to third at 4:09, although he was distanced by Froome and Quintana in the final 500 meters and lost seven seconds.The Sicilian lost 15 seconds to Froome but is now only 25 seconds behind Geesink with fourth-placed Thomas at 1:30 .
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