Tour de France: Warren Barguil takes victory on French National Day
Jul 14 2017 05:30 pm CET

Tour de France: Warren Barguil takes victory on French National Day

Warren Barguil (Sunweb) has taken the victory on the National Day of France. The rider was the fastest of the escapees at the end of stage 13 in the Tour de France.

The 13th stage of La Grande Boucle was just 101 kilometres long, the shortest of this year's edition. The riders faced three climbs of the first category on a route between Saint-Girons and Foix.

There were many attempts of a breakaway, but it wasn't until the climb to the Col d'Agnes that one was consolidated. Mikel Landa (Sky) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) went ahead and took a lead of more than two minutes over the Yellow Jersey group.

Behind them, there was a group of chasers formed by Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Warren Barguil (Sunweb) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) closing in the gap. On the last ascent, the Polish rider of Sky was dropped from this reduced group.

In the favourites' group, Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) set a pace that many couldn't keep, leaving all the leaders without any support. All the contenders finished the ascent together and started a descent that featured many attacks: Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Chris Froome (Sky) and Fabio Aru (Astana) took turns in front.

Barguil was the first to cross the finish line, appropriately for the French National Day. Quintana, Contador, Landa and Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) completed the top 5 of the day.

In the favourites' group, Froome was the first rider to cross the line but Aru keeps the Yellow Jersey.
Photo of Warren Barguil (cropped) © Team Sunweb