Tour director Christian Prudhomme says that the strength of French cycling has shone through in recent weeks.
Oleg Tinkov says Rafal Majka's Stage 17 win was further proof that his team is the finest on show in France.
Rafal Majka told Ned Boulting that he team owner Oleg Tinkov that he would be victorious on Stage 17 before the day had begun.
Poland's Rafal Majka claimed his second victory of the 2014 Tour de France on stage 17 as Vincenzo Nibali further enhanced his hold on the race leader's yellow jersey.
Despite the short length of this stage, the last 50 kilometers' up-and-down nature means that it will test even the very best riders.