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Tour de France 2017: Warren Barguil wins stage 13 on Bastille Day

Fabio Aru retains yellow jersey on short, action-packed stage to Foix

Frenchman Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb), in the polka-dot jersey,  won stage 13 of the 2017 Tour de France on Bastille Day.

Barguil outsprinted Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Mikel Landa (Team Sky) on the technical finish in Foix to claim a famous stage win.

Race leader Fabio Aru (Astana) finished alongside defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) some 1’48” in arrears, despite spending much of the stage totally isolated in the front group, but comfortably defended his yellow jersey.

White jersey Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) gained a handful of seconds on youth classification rival Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates), meanwhile, after escaping the GC group on the final run-in to Foix.

Team Sky had men in every group on the road, meanwhile, with Landa moving up to fifth overall, but could not crack Aru on his first day in yellow.

Warren Barguil, in the polka dot jersey, celebrates his Bastille Day victory on stage 13 of the 2017 Tour de France (pic – Sirotti)

As anticipated, attack followed attack at the start of the day, with French veteran Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) and polka-dot jersey holder and compatriot Barguil attacking from the flag.

Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep Floors) and Alessandro de Marchi (BMC Racing) were next to try their luck, leading through the intermediate sprint, but the peloton still remained active.

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) beat Marcel Kittel (Team Sunweb) from the peloton, but it was not long before the fast men were spat out the back as the day’s climbing started.

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), in obvious discomfort from his fractured wrist and elbow, was dropped almost immediately too, while team-mate Andriy Grivko cracked too as yellow jersey Fabio Aru became isolated.

Up the road, De Marchi stayed out solo over the Col de Latrape, with Barguil active in the polka dot jersey behind, before Contador attacked, marked by Landa.

The two were alone at the front up the Col d’Agnes, with Landa starting to take turns on the front as they stretched their advantage to 1’33” over what remained of the peloton.

In between, Quintana counter-attacked, with Michal Kwiatkowski marking for Team Sky, Alexis Vuillermoz doing the same for Ag2r-La Mondiale, and Barguil again getting involved.

Nobody had control of the yellow jersey group, with Aru isolated, though Team Sky and Ag2r-La Mondiale were at least well-represented there too.

Fabio Aru successfully defended the yellow jersey despite becoming isolated from his team-mates very early in the stage (pic – Sirotti)

The pace was slow, however, and several riders were able to get back on as the gap to the leading duo grew to 2’30” over the summit, though that did drop as Froome and Bardet pushed the pace on the descent.

On the Mur de Pegeur, Kwiatkowski was dropped by Quintana and Barguil, as the two bridged across to Landa and Contador.

Plenty in the peloton were pedalling squares as the gradient bit, meanwhile, with those that had latched back on all spat back out again as the gap was thinned.

Dan Martin (QuickStep Floors) set the pace, with Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) in third wheel and Froome, unusually, isolated.

Simon Yates gained a handful of seconds, along with Dan Martin, to strengthen his lead in the youth classification (pic – Sirotti)

As Kwiatkowski came into sight, however, Froome attacked to join his Polish team-mate and his efforts initially split the group – Yates among those behind the gap – before it came back together on the descent.

The lead in the yellow jersey group repeatedly changed on the descent, with several riders giving it a go, but the gap to the front quartet held around the two-minute mark.

Uran got a small gap but was caught at the bottom of the descent, while Martin took advantage of a lull at the bottom to attack too.

With Froome the only rider in the GC group with a team-mate for company, the defending champion repeatedly tested Aru, before Yates bridged across to Martin.

Aru would not be beaten, however, and as Barguil was outsprinting Contador, Quintana and Landa to claim his first Tour de France stage win – becoming the first Frenchman to win on Bastille Day since 2005 – Aru and his rivals were all together.

Martin and Yates’ attacks earned them nine seconds, but Aru still leads by six seconds overall from Froome.

Tour de France 2017: stage 13 – result

1) Warren Barguil (FRA) – Team Sunweb – 2.36.29hrs
2) Nairo Quintana (COL) – Movistar – ST
3) Alberto Contador (ESP) – Trek-Segafredo
4) Mikel Landa (ESP) – Team Sky +2”
5) Simon Yates (GBR) – Orica-Scott +1.39
6) Daniel Martin (IRL) – QuickStep Floors – ST
7) Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) – Team Sky +1.48
8) Chris Froome (GBR) – Team Sky – ST
9) Fabio Aru (ITA) – Astana
10) Rigoberto Uran (COL) – Cannondale-Drapac

General classification

1) Fabio Aru (ITA) – Astana – 55.30.06hrs
2) Chris Froome (GBR) – Team Sky +6”
3) Romain Bardet (FRA) – Ag2r-La Mondiale +25”
4) Rigoberto Uran (COL) – Cannondale-Drapac +35”
5) Mikel Landa (ESP) – Team Sky +1.09
6) Daniel Martin (IRL) – QuickStep Floors +1.32
7) Simon Yates (GBR) – Orica-Scott +2.04
8) Nairo Quintana (COL) – Movistar +2.07
9) Louis Meintjes (RSA) – UAE Team Emirates +4.51
10) Alberto Contador (ESP) – Trek-Segafredo +5.22

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