Warren Barguil: I had not imagined that I would beat Alberto Contador
Jul 14 2017 06:13 pm CET

Warren Barguil: I had not imagined that I would beat Alberto Contador

Warren Barguil of Team Sunweb became the first French rider in 12 years to win a Tour de France stage on the 14th of July.

The leader in the Polka Dot classification beat Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa in a sprint of four to take the victory at the end of an impressive performance.

"I had great legs after a hard day yesterday," Barguil told French broadcaster France 2. "Today it was perfect, I had great legs.

"Contador and Landa were riding away very quickly on the second climb and I preferred to wait for the group behind and let Quintana do it. On the third climb he was struggling and I absolutely wanted to catch the leaders before the summit."

The Frenchman is aware of the importance of beating a big name like Contador in the final sprint.

"Contador was my idol. It would have been hard for me to imagine that I would beat him. I knew that I was one of the fastest in the sprint. It was necessary to maneuver. I saw that Contador was a little behind and I took the outside in the last corner.

"I had already said that it would be nice if a Frenchman won today (on July 14th, the French national day). It's me, and I am really happy. I had great pleasure on the bike today and I attacked like I was an amateur."
Photo of Warren Barguil (cropped) © Team Sunweb


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