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Zakarin wins grueling Stage 17 at Tour de France

In the final kilometers of Stage 17, Russian Ilnur Zakarin muscles through the steepest climb of the day and crosses the finish line first.

FINHAUT-EMOSSON, Switzerland -- Ilnur Zakarin won the first Alpine stage of the Tour de France after using a late attack in the final climb on Wednesday.

Zakarin was part of a breakaway that formed early in the 184.5-kilometer (114.6-mile) 17th stage from Bern to the artificial lake of Finhaut-Emosson in Switzerland.

After Rafal Majka and Jarlinson Pantano tried to move away from the leading pack on the descent of the Col de La Forclaz, the Russian cyclist dropped them with a furious attack with 6.5 kilometers left.

It was Zakarin’s first stage win at cycling’s biggest event.

Race leader Chris Froome was riding several minutes behind in a group including main rivals Bauke Mollema and Nairo Quintana.