Landis was wearing the yellow jersey as leader of the
general classification prior to
Stage 16, but then lost eight minutes and seemed finished. However, Landis spectacularly came back in
Stage 17, winning the stage and cutting his deficit to leader
Óscar Pereiro to half a minute. Overtaking him after the Stage 19 time trial, Landis was celebrated as the winner of the 2006 Tour de France.