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Le Tour’17 St13: Barguil’s Bastille Day Brilliance!
Race Report: A Frenchman in the polka dot jersey wins on Bastille Day, and (almost) all is right with the world. Warren Barguil is the hero of the home nation with a brave and brilliant win, but the headlines were made by the frenzied action all day, not least the tactical bomb detonated by Sky, and by Alberto Contador.

Foix - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Warren BARGUIL (France / Team Sunweb) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 13  from Saint-Girons to Foix, 101.00 km - foto  NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

There’s still a week of racing to go, but we had yet another barnstormer of a stage. Aru hangs onto yellow, but the vice is tightening around him. Froome and Quintana looked rejuvenated, and Contador was dancing on the pedals like he did in the past.



How it went down: Just 101 kilometers today, between Saint Girons and Foix, but for what it lacks in distance, this stage offers plenty of punch. Three first-category climbs and full-on racing were the order of the day.

Foix - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Fabio ARU (Italy / Team Astana) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 13  from Saint-Girons to Foix, 101.00 km - foto  VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Things were even tighter at the top this morning than they were last night; after Romain Bardet had been outed for taking on a bottle inside the ‘no feed’ zone, the UCI were forced to go with an after-the-fact change of heart on the 20-second time penalties handed down to Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac), George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo) and Dimension Data’s Serge Pauwels.

From the flag, it was mayhem. Warren Barguil (Sunweb) and – inevitably on Bastille Day – Direct Energie’s Thomas Voeckler are away instantly. After a firestorm first ten kilometers, it’s all together again, but Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang has been dropped, and FDJ’s Arthur Vichot has packed it all in.

Foix - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) - Sylvain CHAVANEL (France / Team Direct Ernergie)  pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 13  from Saint-Girons to Foix, 101.00 km - foto  VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

The race was changing like a teenager’s affections, first looking at one team, then another, then another. At one point, we had Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) were away, with Chavanel taking the intermediate sprint. It took a long time for the race to settle into some sort of pattern, and keeping track of who was where was proving next to impossible. De Marchi took the points on the Col de Latrape.

70 kilometers to go, and it’s a move from Warren Barguil (again) chased by Trek-Segafredo’s two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador, and marked by Sky’s Mikel Landa.

Foix - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO (Spain / Team Trek Segafredo) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 13  from Saint-Girons to Foix, 101.00 km - foto  VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Inside 60 to go, and Chris Froome (Sky) tracks the yellow jersey Fabio Aru (Astana), while Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) tracks Froome. Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Barguil and his buddie Alexis Vuillermoz, and Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski are chasing at about forty seconds.

This all from Sky heaps pressure on the slim shoulders of Aru, who is noodling along with no team-mates. 54kms left and Contador takes the Col d’Agnes, in and out of the saddle, with Barguil coming through for third and more mountain points.

Foix - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Fabio ARU (Italy / Team Astana) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 13  from Saint-Girons to Foix, 101.00 km - foto  VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Froome, Bardet and Aru were all looking lively attacking each other and stretching things on the descent off the Col d’Agnes. Heading for the Mur de Péguère, the Quintana group was within hailing distance of Landa/Contador before the Spanish duo slammed the accelerator down again and re-opened their gap.

The Mur de Pèguére is just 9.3 kilometers at 7.9% average gradient, but it rears up to 18% at the top. So, while Landa and Contador danced up the lower slopes, they knew the worst was still to come. Quintana and Barguil were swapping turns in the chase, as Kwitakowski sat on. In the peloton, Froome had just Nieve with him, so it must have been a peculiar feeling given his normal Sky train experience in the Tour de France.

29 to go, and the yellow jersey group has thinned; Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) is battling gravity on the front of the group, trying to close the gap a little.

Foix - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS (Columbia / Team Movistar) - Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Poland / Team Sky)  pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 13  from Saint-Girons to Foix, 101.00 km - foto  VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

27 kilometers to go, and Barguil and Quintana have finally managed to claw their way up to landa and Contador.

Froome blasts out of the yellow jersey group with a huge acceleration, blowing Dan Martin away. Up front, Barguil takes maximum points on the Mur de Pèguére ahead of Landa, Contador and Quintana.

There’s a chasing regroup, and then Froome tries again, but Aru, Bardet and Uran go with him, and they pick up Kwiatkowski.

15 clicks to go: Landa is heading the race, with three on his wheel. Dan Martin has recovered and stretched away a little from the Aru/Froome group, as the riders helter-skelter down towards Foix.

Foix - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  BARDET Romain of AG2R La Mondiale, Rigoberto URAN URAN (Columbia / Cannondale Drapac Professsional Cycling Team), FROOME Christopher of Team Sky, ARU Fabio of Astana  pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 13  from Saint-Girons to Foix, 101.00 km - foto  VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Things stretch and contract, but under seven kilometers left, and the Landa group has two minutes on the chase, so they’ll fight it out for the stage win.

Landa tows things under the red kite, and then Contador goes! But Barguil jumps around him and wins with Quintana unable to get on terms … no need for a photo finish this time! A first Tour stage win for Barguil, and the first Frenchman to win on Bastille Day since David Moncoutie in 2005.

Foix - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Warren BARGUIL (France / Team Sunweb) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 13  from Saint-Girons to Foix, 101.00 km - foto  NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) and Dan Martin came in at 1:39 with the yellow jersey group another ten seconds behind.

Aru keeps the yellow jersey, in relatively assured fashion given he had virtually no team support. But Sky now have two riders inside 70 seconds, and Alberto Contador is back in the top ten.


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Tour de France Stage 13 Result:
1. Warren Barguil (Fra) Sunweb in 2:36:29
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar
3. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 0:02
5. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 1:39
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky at 1:48
8. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky
9. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
11. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
12. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates
13. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar at 4:08
14. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
15. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
16. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
17. Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
18. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC
19. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
20. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
21. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Sky
22. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo
23. Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro at 5:56
24. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
25. Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 13:
1. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana in 55:30:06
2. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky at 0:06
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:25
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:35
5. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 1:09
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 1:32
7. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 2:04
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:07
9. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 4:51
10. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 5:22
11. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo 0:06:24
12. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:09:50
13. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 10:33
14. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 11:13
15. Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb at 14:05
16. Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 14:36
17. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 16:34
18. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar at 18:00
19. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 21:47
20. Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro at 22:34
21. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky at 26:18
22. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 35:33
23. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data at 35:54
24. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott at 36:31
25. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 40:40.

 

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