2017 Tour de France

Stage 13: Saint-Girons to Foix

Friday, July 14, 8:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET

ASO’s objective when designing stage 13 was “to encourage a fluid race in which the established hierarchy is likely to be challenged.” This explains the inclusion of an extremely short stage — just 101 kilometers — packed with difficulties, including the Mur de Péguère, with its sections at 18 percent. There are plenty of opportunities for attackers, while the tight time limit won’t leave the stragglers much room. It will be very spectacular, especially given it’s Bastille Day.

Tour de France stage 13
Tour de France stage 13
Tour de France stage 13

 

Stage 13: Barguil wins on Bastille Day

Warren Barguil

On the attack since kilometer zero Friday, Warren Barguil thrilled the French faithful with a win in stage 13 at the Tour de France in Foix. Fabio Aru successfully defended his overall lead on his first day in yellow.

“This just felt so good today,” said Barguil. “Alberto Contador went on the attack. I went on the outside of him and then back in, and I knew that I would be the fastest.

“Contador was my idol when I was younger. I never would have believed that I could do this a few years ago.”

Sunweb’s Barguil became the first Frenchman to win on the national holiday since David Moncoutié in 2005. In the sprint, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was second. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), who helped initiate the winning move, finished third. Sky’s Mikel Landa rounded out the lead group of four. He moved up to fifth in the overall, 1:09 behind Aru.

Top-10, stage 13

1. Warren Barguil (FRA/SUN) in 2h36:29.
2. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) at 0:00.
3. Alberto Contador (ESP/TRE) 0:00.
4. Mikel Landa (ESP/SKY) 0:02.
5. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 1:39.
6. Daniel Martin (EIR/QST) 1:39.
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 1:48.
8. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) 1:48.
9. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 1:48.
10. Rigoberto Uran (COL/CAN) 1:48.

Top-10 overall

1. Fabio Aru (ITA/Astana) in 55h30:06.
2. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) at 0:06.
3. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 0:25.
4. Rigoberto Uran (COL/CAN) 0:35.
5. Mikel Landa (ESP/SKY) 1:09.
6. Daniel Martin (EIR/QST) 1:32.
7. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 2:04.
8. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 2:07.
9. Louis Meintjes (RSA/EAU) 4:51.
10. Alberto Contador (ESP/TRE) 5:22.

As anticipated, the peloton raced the short 101km stage aggressive from the word go. Barguil first escaped with compatriot Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie).

BMC’s Alessandro de Marchi ended up off the front alone over the first categorized climb, Col de Latrape.

Behind, Contador and Barguil attacked in the final kilometer of the category 1 ascent. The former aimed to extend his lead in the king of the mountains classification. The latter was hoping for a miracle after a dismal first half at the Tour. Landa marked the move without hesitation.

“Yesterday was a tough day for me in the final,” said Sky’s Chris Froome. “Today I felt a lot better, we played a bit with our team because we had Mikel Landa, who’s not far back in the standings.

“It was perfect for us, Mikel was very strong — maybe in the next few days we can play even more with this.”

The trio caught de Marchi low on the next climb, Col d’Agnes, which was nearly twice the length of Latrape at 10km, averaging 8.2 percent. The two Spaniards, Contador and Landa, escaped and summited the second climb together.

In the group of GC favorites, Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), Alexis Vuillermoz (Ag2r La Mondiale), and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) went away and joined Barguil.

Over the top of Col d’Agnes, Contador and Landa led the yellow jersey group by 2:29.

Quintana and Barguil joined the leading duo just before the top of the Mur de Peguere. Vuillermoz fell off the pace early on the 9.3km climb. Kwiatkowski decided to sit up and wait for Sky leader Chris Froome.

Into the final descent, Aru’s small group was 1:38 behind the four leaders.

Throughout the descent, the eight GC hopefuls probed each other with attacks.

Finally, Quick-Step’s Dan Martin made a move with 7km to go, and it stuck. Orica-Scott’s Simon Yates eventually joined the Irishman. Yates also leads the young rider classification.

In the final kilometer, Contador went early with 500 meters remaining. Barguil was quick to follow. He swept past the former Tour champ on a sharp right-hand corner and won the sprint handily.

After a 12-year drought, Barguil became the 16th Frenchman to win a Tour stage on Bastille Day.

Stage 14 could be another opportunity for Barguil’s Sunweb team. Saturday’s 181.5km stage favors a rider with a turn of speed who can handle hilly terrain, someone like Michael Matthews. Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet will also be a favorite in the run to Rodez, hoping to redeem BMC Racing’s Tour after GC leader Richie Porte abandoned.

Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Aru in yellow
Astana’s Fabio Aru was the center of attention for his first day in the yellow jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Quintana leads
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) worked his way into the lead group. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Contador attack
Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Mikel Landa (Sky) went on the attack near the top of the Col d’Agnes putting pressure on Aru and other GC favorites to chase. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Early break
Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step), and Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) were in an early break on stage 13. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: De Marchi solo
De Marchi dropped Gilbert and Chavanel and rode solo over the first climb of the day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Martin leads Bennett
Quick-Step’s Dan Martin led the yellow jersey group on stage 13, followed by George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo). Bennett lost contact with the group and fell outside the top 10. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Landa leads Contador
Mikel Landa looked like one of the strongest riders in the race and gained significant time in the overall. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Barguil wins
Sunweb’s Warren Barguil was the first to attack from kilometer zero with Thomas Voeckler and brought home victory 101 kilometers later in Foix. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Barguil wins
Barguil is the first Frenchman to win on Bastile Day since David Moncoutie in 2005. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Yates and Martin
On the final descent, Martin and Orica-Scott’s Simon Yates went on the attack and gained some time in the overall. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Aru finish
Aru was isolated with no support riders on stage 13 but managed to hang onto yellow for another day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Aru in yellow
Aru leads Sky’s Chris Froome by 6 seconds after stage 13. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Tour de France 2017, stage 13: Barguil podium
Warren Barguil extended his lead in the mountains classification, in addition to his stage win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com