Tour de France: Stage 13

Warren Barguil wins a short sharp and brutal stage for France on Bastille Day as Aru holds on yellow thanks to help from his rivals

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Tour de France: Stage 13

French riders hadn’t won a stage of the Tour de France on Bastille Day since David Moncoutié in Digne in 2005 but Warren Barguil did it on a day he attacked from the gun, rode on the offensive again for the polka dot jersey and outsprinted no less than Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa to claim the fourth French stage win this year after Arnaud Démare, Lilian Calmejane and Romain Bardet.


He’s also the first Breton rider to win at the Tour since Pascal Lino in 1993. Behind the four escapees, Fabio Aru retained the yellow jersey despite losing his team-mate early.

179 riders started stage 13 in Saint-Girons. Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) and polka dot jersey holder Warren Barguil (Sunweb) attacked from the gun but were reeled quickly.

Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) and Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) substituted them at the front while Michael Matthews (Sunweb) reduced his deficit to Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) by two points in the points competition. De Marchi went solo at half way into the ascent to col de Latrape with 73km remaining in the shortest stage of the 104th Tour de France.

After De Marchi crested the first category 1 climb of the day in first position, Barguil attacked for the KOM points and initiated an offensive by Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Mikel Landa (Sky) who climbed to col d’Agnes in the lead after they set too high pace for De Marchi.

A chasing quartet was formed with Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Barguil. Contador was first at col d’Agnes and did most of the work with Landa on his wheel, so the Basque rider from Team Sky (2.55 down on GC) was getting c.ose to being the virtual yellow jersey as Aru, Froome, Bardet and Uran passed the summit with a deficit of 2.40.


Jakob Fuglsang was forced to withdraw from the race due to a wrist fracture which took from Aru his strongest teammate but he played chicken with the rest and had to do no or little work to retain his jersey as plenty of others were willing to do that for him to protect their own positions on GC, even those as far down as tenth.

Out front, Bardet, Uran, Quintana and Barguil rejoined Contador and Landa at the front on the final climb where the Frenchman increased his lead in the King of the Mountains competition as he took the first place on the Mur de Péguère. Froome attacked his adversaries uphill and downhill but the 8-man yellow jersey group was reunited until Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) attacked in the last ten kilometres.

After Uran, Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors), made his move. Earlier, Martin had been the one doing the bulk of the work in the yellow jersey group after the ‘domestiques’ for various teams had all gone backwards and Martin, along with Simon Yates, were dropped. But both got on and first Martin attacked and was then joined by Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) who joined him to contest the fifth place behind the four riders who sprinted to victory.

Out front, Contador launched from far out, even before the U-turn at 400 metres to go. Barguil was smart enough to follow him and to time his sprint at perfection after losing stage 9 by very little to Uran. It’s his first pro win since he won two stages at the 2013 Vuelta a España.
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Warren Barguil: “This is an incredible victory to take, it hasn’t sunk in properly yet,” explained a euphoric Warren. “We were close already on Sunday, but we kept our confidence and chosed an offensive strategy from the beginning today. After I made it up the first climb I knew that I wasn’t going to give up.”

“Before I knew it I was at 800 metres to go looking at the other guys and I knew who would attack and when and I used that to my advantage as a lead-out for my sprint. I’ve been so close to the win quite a few times now so to have the winning feeling back today is incredible. Of course a victory on Bastille day makes this even more special.”

Simon Yates: “I enjoy days like today where you can really get stuck in and give it a go,” Yates said at the finish. “It was a short stage, very aggressive and I’m sure it was exciting to watch. Yesterday was more about survival because it was such a long day and you really have to worry about a lot of things and saving the legs.”

“I felt OK today, I wasn’t super on the final climb but I managed to get back and then it was a heap of games between the guys down the descent in the last 30km.

“I managed to sneak away, catch Dan (Martin) and we worked well to the finish. We put a little bit of time into some guys, it was only a few seconds in the end but everything helps.”

Alberto Contador: “I woke up this morning with very bad feelings. But I had a good talk and a good look at the different climbs with [sport director Steven de Jongh] on the way to the start and I said I’d attack in the first climb if possible. I’m hoping to keep getting better and better with all the injuries I have. For the moment, this Tour de France pushes me to my limits.

I prepared for the race very well. I even set a new record in my training climbs before coming to the Tour but I had a very bad crash in the first mountain stage. But I still want to fight till the end and repay Trek-Segafredo for the confidence they have in me.”

Mikel Landa: I think Contador was a nice wheel to follow. He is a very good rider in those kind of stages and I followed him. I thought about the stage win but I knew it was difficult. Yesterday also I was happy, we did an amazing job, I could not try to win the stage. You work more for the team. You’re here to win the Tour. I don’t think I’m stronger than Chris. He has won three Tours. We have also a hard week coming up with one time trial Chris can win without me.

Fabian Aru: “We expected, that the stage will be very hard and exhausting. There were a lot of attacks, especially, on the last downhill. But, I tried to keep my concentration and act with a cool head and without too much stress. Finally, it worked well and it is another day in the yellow jersey for me. I try to take my leaderships calmly. There is a long way to Paris, we have to pass through many tough stages. Tomorrow is another day and another stage, which will request all our forces. So, we will keep on fighting, – said Fabio Aru.

Dan Martin: “It was an unbelievable stage, with everyone attacking from the start and going hard on the climbs. The riders are more aggressive this year and that makes the race more fun. I wanted to put everyone else in the red to stop them from attacking. If it would have been a start-and-stop race, that wouldn’t have been ok for me.

I felt a lot better than yesterday, things are going into the right direction, but I’m still not at 100%. On the other hand, I’m closer to yellow than I was before the Pyrenees, so that makes me happy. Hopefully, I’ll continue to improve physically, get through the next days and be there in the Alps”, said Dan, who now trails overall leader Fabio Aru (Astana) by only 1:32.

Nairo Quintana: “As long as we have anything left into the tank, as long as I felt good, I’ll always keep trying doing my best. I just hope to find this legs for another day in this race. I’m back there with the top guys, I’m not losing confidence and I hope we can do like this for a couple of days, so we can go for it. We’ve always fought with heart and soul, we’ve always been up there. You just don’t lose your touch from one day to another. If you’ve got the skills, they show up at some point. We want to keep leaving our impression in this Tour.”

Chris Froome: “We saw yesterday that Mikel was feeling great so it was a great card for us to play today. I’ve got a lot of faith in Mikel and I think he showed that today. He’s a real threat now for the overall title in Paris and it’s a great card for us to play, especially when Astana don’t have the numbers to control the race.”

Stage 13
1 BARGUIL WARREN TEAM SUNWEB
2 QUINTANA NAIRO MOVISTAR TEAM + 00′ 00”
3 CONTADOR ALBERTO TREK – SEGAFREDO + 00′ 00”
4 LANDA MIKEL TEAM SKY + 00′ 02”
5 YATES SIMON ORICA – SCOTT + 01′ 39”
6 MARTIN DANIEL QUICK – STEP FLOORS + 01′ 39”
7 KWIATKOWSKI MICHAL TEAM SKY + 01′ 48”
8 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY + 01′ 48”
9 ARU FABIO ASTANA PRO TEAM + 01′ 48”
10 URAN RIGOBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM + 01′ 48”
11 BARDET ROMAIN AG2R LA MONDIALE + 01′ 48”
12 MEINTJES LOUIS UAE TEAM EMIRATES + 01′ 48”
13 BETANCUR CARLOS ALBERTO MOVISTAR TEAM + 04′ 08”
14 ULISSI DIEGO UAE TEAM EMIRATES + 04′ 08”
15 LATOUR PIERRE-ROGER AG2R LA MONDIALE + 04′ 08”
16 PAUWELS SERGE TEAM DIMENSION DATA + 04′ 08”
17 VUILLERMOZ ALEXIS AG2R LA MONDIALE + 04′ 08”
18 CARUSO DAMIANO BMC RACING TEAM + 04′ 08”
19 MARTIN GUILLAUME WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT + 04′ 08”
20 BUCHMANN EMANUEL BORA – HANSGROHE + 04′ 08”
21 NIEVE MIKEL TEAM SKY + 04′ 08”
22 BENNETT GEORGE TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO + 04′ 08”
23 PERICHON PIERRE-LUC TEAM FORTUNEO – OSCARO + 05′ 56”
24 GALLOPIN TONY LOTTO SOUDAL + 05′ 56”
25 NAVARRO DANIEL COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 05′ 56”
26 CASTROVIEJO JONATHAN MOVISTAR TEAM + 05′ 56”
27 SICARD ROMAIN DIRECT ENERGIE + 05′ 59”
28 VAN AVERMAET GREG BMC RACING TEAM + 05′ 59”
29 ROGLIC PRIMOZ TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO + 05′ 59”
30 KREUZIGER ROMAN ORICA – SCOTT + 05′ 59”
31 BOUET MAXIME TEAM FORTUNEO – OSCARO + 07′ 59”
32 FEILLU BRICE TEAM FORTUNEO – OSCARO + 07′ 59”
33 ZEITS ANDREY ASTANA PRO TEAM + 07′ 59”
34 HARDY ROMAIN TEAM FORTUNEO – OSCARO + 07′ 59”
35 DEGAND THOMAS WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT + 07′ 59”
36 MOINARD AMAËL BMC RACING TEAM + 07′ 59”
37 ATAPUMA JOHN DARWIN UAE TEAM EMIRATES + 07′ 59”
38 DURASEK KRISTIJAN UAE TEAM EMIRATES + 07′ 59”
39 MOLLEMA BAUKE TREK – SEGAFREDO + 07′ 59”
40 GASTAUER BEN AG2R LA MONDIALE + 07′ 59”
41 CHAVANEL SYLVAIN DIRECT ENERGIE + 07′ 59”
42 GAUTIER CYRIL AG2R LA MONDIALE + 14′ 20”
43 BACKAERT FREDERIK WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT + 14′ 20”
44 MINNAARD MARCO WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT + 14′ 20”
45 DOMONT AXEL AG2R LA MONDIALE + 14′ 20”
46 DE GENDT THOMAS LOTTO SOUDAL + 14′ 20”
47 NAESEN OLIVER AG2R LA MONDIALE + 14′ 20”
48 BETTIOL ALBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM + 14′ 20”
49 MORENO BAZAN JAVIER BAHRAIN – MERIDA + 14′ 20”
50 BRAMBILLA GIANLUCA QUICK – STEP FLOORS + 14′ 20”
51 BAKELANTS JAN AG2R LA MONDIALE + 14′ 20”
52 GESCHKE SIMON TEAM SUNWEB + 14′ 20”
53 BENOOT TIESJ LOTTO SOUDAL + 14′ 20”
54 HENAO SERGIO LUIS TEAM SKY + 14′ 20”
55 CINK ONDREJ BAHRAIN – MERIDA + 14′ 20”
56 KIRYIENKA VASILI TEAM SKY + 14′ 20”
57 ROCHE NICOLAS BMC RACING TEAM + 14′ 20”
58 ZUBELDIA HAIMAR TREK – SEGAFREDO + 14′ 20”
59 CALMEJANE LILIAN DIRECT ENERGIE + 14′ 20”
60 KISERLOVSKI ROBERT TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN + 14′ 20”
61 CHAVES JOHAN ESTEBAN ORICA – SCOTT + 14′ 20”
62 BRAJKOVIC JANEZ BAHRAIN – MERIDA + 14′ 20”
63 DE MARCHI ALESSANDRO BMC RACING TEAM + 14′ 20”
64 LAMMERTINK MAURITS TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN + 15′ 41”
65 PETIT ADRIEN DIRECT ENERGIE + 15′ 41”
66 VAN KEIRSBULCK GUILLAUME WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT + 15′ 41”
67 GRMAY TSGABU GEBREMARYAM BAHRAIN – MERIDA + 15′ 41”
68 HANSEN ADAM LOTTO SOUDAL + 15′ 41”
69 VALGREN ANDERSEN MICHAEL ASTANA PRO TEAM + 15′ 41”
70 CURVERS ROY TEAM SUNWEB + 15′ 41”
71 SÜTTERLIN JASHA MOVISTAR TEAM + 15′ 41”
72 TEUNISSEN MIKE TEAM SUNWEB + 15′ 41”
73 SCHÄR MICHAEL BMC RACING TEAM + 15′ 41”
74 THWAITES SCOTT TEAM DIMENSION DATA + 15′ 41”
75 HALLER MARCO TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN + 15′ 41”
76 POLITT NILS TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN + 15′ 41”
77 ARNDT NIKIAS TEAM SUNWEB + 15′ 41”
78 MOLARD RUDY FDJ + 15′ 41”
79 OFFREDO YOANN WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT + 15′ 41”
80 EDET NICOLAS COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 15′ 41”
81 IMPEY DARYL ORICA – SCOTT + 15′ 41”
82 MARTIN TONY TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN + 15′ 41”
83 VANSPEYBROUCK PIETER WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT + 15′ 41”
84 MC CARTHY JAY BORA – HANSGROHE + 15′ 41”
85 BEVIN PATRICK CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM + 15′ 41”
86 TEN DAM LAURENS TEAM SUNWEB + 15′ 41”
87 VAN BAARLE DYLAN CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM + 15′ 41”
88 KNEES CHRISTIAN TEAM SKY + 15′ 41”
89 TALANSKY ANDREW CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM + 15′ 41”
90 HOLLENSTEIN RETO TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN + 15′ 41”
91 MARTENS PAUL TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO + 15′ 41”
92 ERVITI IMANOL MOVISTAR TEAM + 15′ 41”
93 GESBERT ELIE TEAM FORTUNEO – OSCARO + 15′ 41”
94 QUEMENEUR PERRIG DIRECT ENERGIE + 15′ 41”
95 GENE YOHANN DIRECT ENERGIE + 15′ 41”
96 AMADOR ANDREY MOVISTAR TEAM + 15′ 41”
97 SMITH DION WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT + 15′ 41”
98 FRANK MATHIAS AG2R LA MONDIALE + 15′ 41”
99 TULIK ANGÉLO DIRECT ENERGIE + 15′ 41”
100 VOECKLER THOMAS DIRECT ENERGIE + 15′ 41”
101 PINOT THIBAUT FDJ + 15′ 41”
102 ARASHIRO YUKIYA BAHRAIN – MERIDA + 15′ 41”
103 HOWSON DAMIEN ORICA – SCOTT + 15′ 41”
104 CLARKE SIMON CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM + 15′ 41”
105 MATE MARDONES LUIS ANGEL COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 15′ 41”
106 MARCATO MARCO UAE TEAM EMIRATES + 15′ 41”
107 SEPULVEDA EDUARDO TEAM FORTUNEO – OSCARO + 15′ 41”
108 BOLE GREGA BAHRAIN – MERIDA + 15′ 41”
109 MACHADO TIAGO TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN + 15′ 41”
110 DE KORT KOEN TREK – SEGAFREDO + 15′ 41”
111 PANTANO JARLINSON TREK – SEGAFREDO + 15′ 41”
112 KRISTOFF ALEXANDER TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN + 15′ 41”
113 LAPORTE CHRISTOPHE COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 15′ 41”
114 KÜNG STEFAN BMC RACING TEAM + 15′ 41”
115 HERRADA JESÚS MOVISTAR TEAM + 15′ 41”
116 VERMOTE JULIEN QUICK – STEP FLOORS + 15′ 41”
117 GRUZDEV DMITRIY ASTANA PRO TEAM + 15′ 41”
118 BROWN NATHAN CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM + 15′ 41”
119 GILBERT PHILIPPE QUICK – STEP FLOORS + 15′ 41”
120 WYSS DANILO BMC RACING TEAM + 15′ 41”
121 PASQUALON ANDREA WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT + 15′ 41”
122 KEUKELEIRE JENS ORICA – SCOTT + 15′ 41”
123 ZABEL RICK TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN + 15′ 41”
124 ROOSEN TIMO TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO + 15′ 41”
125 ALBASINI MICHAEL ORICA – SCOTT + 15′ 41”
126 STYBAR ZDENEK QUICK – STEP FLOORS + 15′ 41”
127 BOASSON HAGEN EDVALD TEAM DIMENSION DATA + 15′ 41”
128 COLBRELLI SONNY BAHRAIN – MERIDA + 15′ 41”
129 BENNATI DANIELE MOVISTAR TEAM + 15′ 41”
130 BODNAR MACIEJ BORA – HANSGROHE + 15′ 41”
131 SWIFT BEN UAE TEAM EMIRATES + 15′ 41”
132 SIMON JULIEN COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 15′ 41”
133 BOZIC BORUT BAHRAIN – MERIDA + 15′ 41”
134 BONO MATTEO UAE TEAM EMIRATES + 15′ 41”
135 GOGL MICHAEL TREK – SEGAFREDO + 15′ 41”
136 KOZHATAYEV BAKHTIYAR ASTANA PRO TEAM + 15′ 41”
137 LAENGEN VEGARD STAKE UAE TEAM EMIRATES + 15′ 41”
138 MATTHEWS MICHAEL TEAM SUNWEB + 15′ 41”
139 IRIZAR MARKEL TREK – SEGAFREDO + 15′ 41”
140 TIMMER ALBERT TEAM SUNWEB + 15′ 56”
141 CLAEYS DIMITRI COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 15′ 56”
142 PICHON LAURENT TEAM FORTUNEO – OSCARO + 15′ 56”
143 BOUDAT THOMAS DIRECT ENERGIE + 15′ 56”
144 VACHON FLORIAN TEAM FORTUNEO – OSCARO + 15′ 56”
145 VENTER JACOBUS TEAM DIMENSION DATA + 19′ 24”
146 CIMOLAI DAVIDE FDJ + 19′ 24”
147 BOUHANNI NACER COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 19′ 24”
148 ROWE LUKE TEAM SKY + 19′ 24”
149 LEEZER TOM TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO + 19′ 24”
150 HAYMAN MATHEW ORICA – SCOTT + 19′ 24”
151 LE GAC OLIVIER FDJ + 19′ 24”
152 SELIG RÜDIGER BORA – HANSGROHE + 19′ 24”
153 DEGENKOLB JOHN TREK – SEGAFREDO + 19′ 24”
154 LEMOINE CYRIL COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 19′ 24”
155 JANSE VAN RENSBURG REINARDT TEAM DIMENSION DATA + 19′ 24”
156 LUTSENKO ALEXEY ASTANA PRO TEAM + 19′ 43”
157 WELLENS TIM LOTTO SOUDAL + 21′ 05”
158 SINKELDAM RAMON TEAM SUNWEB + 21′ 05”
159 POLJANSKI PAWEL BORA – HANSGROHE + 21′ 05”
160 GREIPEL ANDRÉ LOTTO SOUDAL + 21′ 05”
161 SABATINI FABIO QUICK – STEP FLOORS + 21′ 05”
162 ROLLAND PIERRE CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM + 21′ 05”
163 SIEBERG MARCEL LOTTO SOUDAL + 21′ 05”
164 BAK LARS YTTING LOTTO SOUDAL + 21′ 05”
165 BURGHARDT MARCUS BORA – HANSGROHE + 21′ 05”
166 EISEL BERNHARD TEAM DIMENSION DATA + 21′ 05”
167 KITTEL MARCEL QUICK – STEP FLOORS + 21′ 05”
168 WAGNER ROBERT TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO + 21′ 05”
169 CUMMINGS STEPHEN TEAM DIMENSION DATA + 21′ 05”
170 BAUER JACK QUICK – STEP FLOORS + 21′ 05”
171 PHINNEY TAYLOR CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM + 21′ 05”
172 ROELANDTS JURGEN LOTTO SOUDAL + 21′ 05”
173 MC LAY DANIEL TEAM FORTUNEO – OSCARO + 21′ 05”
174 GRIVKO ANDRIY ASTANA PRO TEAM + 21′ 05”
175 SENECHAL FLORIAN COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 21′ 05”
176 GROENEWEGEN DYLAN TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO + 21′ 05”
177 FELLINE FABIO TREK – SEGAFREDO + 27′ 10”

Overall
1 ARU FABIO ASTANA PRO TEAM 55H 30′ 06”
2 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY + 00′ 06”
3 BARDET ROMAIN AG2R LA MONDIALE + 00′ 25”
4 URAN RIGOBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM + 00′ 35”
5 LANDA MIKEL TEAM SKY + 01′ 09”
6 MARTIN DANIEL QUICK – STEP FLOORS + 01′ 32”
7 YATES SIMON ORICA – SCOTT + 02′ 04”
8 QUINTANA NAIRO MOVISTAR TEAM + 02′ 07”
9 MEINTJES LOUIS UAE TEAM EMIRATES + 04′ 51”
10 CONTADOR ALBERTO TREK – SEGAFREDO + 05′ 22”
11 BENNETT GEORGE TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO + 06′ 24”
12 NIEVE MIKEL TEAM SKY + 09′ 50”
13 LATOUR PIERRE-ROGER AG2R LA MONDIALE + 10′ 33”
14 CARUSO DAMIANO BMC RACING TEAM + 11′ 13”
15 BARGUIL WARREN TEAM SUNWEB + 14′ 05

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