Mountains done for Wiggins
Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins has now safely negotiated the mountains as he closes in on victory on Sunday.
The Team Sky rider kept hold of the yellow jersey at the end of stage 17, which was won by Movistar's Alejandro Valverde, with Wiggins' team-mate Chris Froome second - 19 seconds behind - and Wiggins right on his wheel for third spot.
Wiggins and Froome have set the pace so far and go into stage 18 in first and second respectively in the overall standings, with Vincenzo Nibali of Liquigas-Cannondale some two minutes and 41 seconds behind Wiggins.
"Obviously we've got the time trial to come but that's very much our domain. It's all looking very good at the moment," said Wiggins who will don the yellow jersey for an 11th day.
The 32-year-old now looks set to become the first British rider to win the Tour de France in its 109-year history.