Barguil Wins Tour Stage on Bastille Day!
Team Sunweb rider Warren Barguil continued his rise in this year’s Tour de France with a brilliant ride in the mountains to win Stage 13. Wearing the polka-dot jersey as the King of the Mountains leader, the Frenchman tore through Friday's short, explosive 101km stage from Saint-Girons to Foix on his TCR Advanced SL, capturing his first-ever Tour de France stage victory in dramatic fashion on Bastille Day in France.
"This is an incredible victory to take, it hasn't sunk in properly yet," Barguil said after the win. "After I made it up the first climb I knew I wasn't going to give up. Before I knew it I was 800 meters to go, looking at the other guys and I knew who would attack and when. I used that as an advantage for my sprint. I've been so close to the win quite a few times now, so to have the winning feeling is incredible. Of course a victory on Bastille Day makes this even more special."
With three mountain passes in just over 100km, Friday’s stage through the Pyrenees was action-packed and full of attacks. Barguil was aggressive from the start, joining Colombian Nairo Quintana to chase down an early break by Spaniards Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa over the Col d’Agnes, a Category 1 climb. Barguil and Quintana caught the lead duo at the summit of the final climb, the Mur de Péguère, setting up a four-man battle for the win in Foix.
After narrowly missing a stage win in Chambery a few days ago, when he finished second on Stage 9 and took over the lead in the mountains classification, Barguil played this one to perfection. Wearing his aerodynamic Giant Pursuit helmet, the 25-year-old set up behind Contador on the steep final kilometer, and then timed his move to perfection.
“Eight hundred meters from the end, I felt like I was on top of it,” Barguil said. “Contador was my idol when I was younger, I never would have believed I could do this a few years ago.”
Barguil, who is currently 15th in the general classification after 13 stages, also gained more points in the mountains classification Friday. He now has 94 points and a large lead over second-place Landa in the battle for the polka-dot jersey.
July 14, 2017