Second stage win for Warren Barguil at Tour de France, Chris Froome remains in Yellow
Jul 20 2017 05:45 pm CET

Second stage win for Warren Barguil at Tour de France, Chris Froome remains in Yellow
Second stage win for Warren Barguil at Tour de France, Chris Froome remains in Yellow
Photo of Warren Barguil by the A.S.O.

Warren Barguil (Sunweb) has won the last Alpine stage at the Tour de France. The rider crossed the finish line solo and took his second victory in the 2017 edition of the race.

The last stage at the Alps was 179.5 kilometres long and featured one first category climb and a hors-category ascent of the famous Col d'Izoard.

It was set to be a decisive day for the General Classification contenders and it did not disappoint. Early in the stage there was a split in the peloton and more than 50 riders were in front. Only Sky, Bora-hansgrohe and LottoNL-Jumbo didn't have anyone in this big group.

The escape group got slimmer as the climbs passed, with sporadic attacks that were swiftly neutralised. Sky did a lot of work in the Yellow Jersey group but AG2R La Mondiale took turns to put up the pace as well.

On the ascent of the Izoard, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) went ahead alone and of the chasers only Darwin Atapuma (UAE-Team Emirates) was strong enough to follow him until he reached the front of the race.

Behind, AG2R continued setting a high pace that soon left the favourites alone, except for Chris Froome (Team Sky). After Barguil and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) attacked from the group of favourites, it was Dan Martin's turn to test the legs, causing an acceleration that dropped Fabio Aru (Astana) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Soon after, Mikel Landa (Team Sky) went ahead in an attempt to secure a podium position in Paris. In the favourites' group there was an attack of Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) that was then answered by one of Froome, who could get a gap but was soon caught by Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and Bardet.

Barguil bridged to Atapuma and showed to have better legs in the last kilometre, leaving the Colombian behind and taking his second stage in this Grand Tour. Atapuma crossed the finish line second and Bardet third, closely followed by Froome and Uran.

The leader of Sky remains at the top of the General Classification standings and Bardet goes back to the second position as result of the four bonification seconds he earned by finishing third. Uran moves back down to third.




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