Sport Bastille Day victory for Frenchman Warren Barguil as Fabio Aru stays in yellow

19:35  14 july  2017
19:35  14 july  2017 Source:   Press Association

Bastille Day victory for Frenchman Warren Barguil as Fabio Aru stays in yellow

  Bastille Day victory for Frenchman Warren Barguil as Fabio Aru stays in yellow Frenchman Warren Barguil delivered a Bastille Day victory on stage 13 of the Tour de France as Team Sky piled pressure on Fabio Aru in the yellow jersey. Team Sunweb's Barguil won the short, sharp 101 kilometre stage from Saint-Girons to Foix out of a breakaway which had been driven by Sky's Mikel Landa and fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador.Landa finished fourth to claw back one minute and 48 seconds in the general classification, putting him within 69 seconds of Aru in yellow as Sky plot to reclaim the yellow jersey Chris Froome lost on Thursday.

Frenchman Warren Barguil delivered a Bastille Day victory on stage 13 of the Tour de France as Fabio Aru retained the yellow jersey. Barguil won from Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa as the breakaway held out on the 101 kilometre stage from Saint-Girons to Foix.

Barguil becomes first Frenchman since 2005 to win a stage on Bastille Day . Chris Froome stays second in overall standings, six seconds behind Fabio Aru . Frenchman Warren Barguil won the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Bastille Day .

Fabio Aru is the new leader of the Tour de France: Cycling - 2013 Giro D'Italia - Preview Day - Naples © PA ARCHIVE IMAGES Cycling - 2013 Giro D'Italia - Preview Day - Naples Warren Barguil delivered a Bastille Day victory on stage 13 of the Tour de France (AP): France Cycling Tour de France © AP/PA photowire service France Cycling Tour de France

Frenchman Warren Barguil delivered a Bastille Day victory on stage 13 of the Tour de France as Fabio Aru retained the yellow jersey.

Team Sunweb's Barguil won from Colombian Nairo Quintana and the Spanish duo Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa as the breakaway held out on the 101 kilometre stage from Saint-Girons to Foix.

Chris Froome crossed the line just ahead of Aru in eighth place but could do nothing to cut into the Italian's six-second advantage at the top of the general classification.

Tour de France wrap after stage 13

  Tour de France wrap after stage 13 There might not have been a change at the sharp end of the battle for the yellow jersey, but with a French win for Warren Barguil on Bastille Day and a series of attacks and counter-attacks from the main contenders late in the day, organisers surely got what they wanted from stage 13 to Foix. While Fabio Aru held on to yellow, he will feel increasingly under attack with only 69 seconds covering a top five which now includes Team Sky’s Mikel Landa after his key role in the day’s successful breakaway. That gives Sky plenty of options as they plot to regain the yellow jersey Chris Froome lost on Thursday. DOUBLING UPNairo Quintana has had a mostly disappointing Tour de France so far, unable to keep up with the

Frenchman Warren Barguil took an emotional stage 13 victory on Bastille Day at the Tour de France on Friday as Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador resurrected their yellow jersey hopes.

The battle for yellow . Chris Froome has a slender 18-second gap over Fabio Aru in a race that Team Sky Video - Uran takes victory over Barguil by width of tyre. In fact, the Frenchman ’s attacking verve that day ensured he’d make it to the podium for a second time to pick up the combativity award.

The top four in the fight for yellow - who started the day separated by just 35 seconds - were all in the same group at the finish, which means that AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet remains third, 25 seconds back with Colombian Rigoberto Uran in fourth.

But Team Sky did make a major impression on the day as Landa's place in the break saw him claw back one minute and 48 seconds, moving him up to fifth, 69 seconds back.

"Yesterday was a difficult day for me but today I felt a lot better and we played a lot with our team," said Froome. "We had Mikel not a long way back on GC, and maybe over the next few days we can do the same thing again."

Although they could not regain the yellow jersey Froome lost on Thursday, Sky put considerable pressure on Aru's Astana team, which suffered another loss midway through the stage when Criterium du Dauphine winner Jakob Fuglsang abandoned.

Tour de France wrap after stage 13

  Tour de France wrap after stage 13 There might not have been a change at the sharp end of the battle for the yellow jersey, but with a French win for Warren Barguil on Bastille Day and a series of attacks and counter-attacks from the main contenders late in the day, organisers surely got what they wanted from stage 13 to Foix. While Fabio Aru held on to yellow, he will feel increasingly under attack with only 69 seconds covering a top five which now includes Team Sky’s Mikel Landa after his key role in the day’s successful breakaway. That gives Sky plenty of options as they plot to regain the yellow jersey Chris Froome lost on Thursday. DOUBLING UPNairo Quintana has had a mostly disappointing Tour de France so far, unable to keep up with the

Colombian rider wins photo finish with Frenchman Warren Barguil , as As the racers reached the foot of the mountain, Fuglsang, Froome, Warren Barguil , compatriot Romain Bardet, Fabio Aru and Rigoberto Uran - who The result kept the yellow jersey firmly around the neck of Froome, as Aru

Colombian rider wins photo finish with Frenchman Warren Barguil , as As the racers reached the foot of the mountain, Fuglsang, Froome, Warren Barguil , compatriot Romain Bardet, Fabio Aru and Rigoberto Uran - who The result kept the yellow jersey firmly around the neck of Froome, as Aru

The Dane had ridden for the best part of two days with fractures in his elbow and hand following a stage 11 crash.

It was a first career Tour stage win for Barguil, who has been out of form after he was one of six members of his team struck by a car during a training ride in January 2016.

"It feels really special," the 25-year-old said of the win. "I've had two bad years behind me. Now I can show my real level again. I'm really happy."

Landa and Contador attacked on the second of the day's three category one climbs, the Col d'Agnes, and quickly built a strong lead.

"For me today was a good day," said Trek-Segafredo's Contador, who was named the day's most aggressive rider.

The veteran has struggled thus far but Friday's ride saw him move back into the top 10 overall, five minutes and 22 seconds back.

"For sure the Tour has been very complicated from the start," he added. "Two days ago was a very bad day for me but yesterday I tried to follow the moves and today I tried to do something special. I enjoyed it and I think it was a beautiful day for the people."

Tour de France wrap after stage 13

  Tour de France wrap after stage 13 There might not have been a change at the sharp end of the battle for the yellow jersey, but with a French win for Warren Barguil on Bastille Day and a series of attacks and counter-attacks from the main contenders late in the day, organisers surely got what they wanted from stage 13 to Foix. While Fabio Aru held on to yellow, he will feel increasingly under attack with only 69 seconds covering a top five which now includes Team Sky’s Mikel Landa after his key role in the day’s successful breakaway. That gives Sky plenty of options as they plot to regain the yellow jersey Chris Froome lost on Thursday. DOUBLING UPNairo Quintana has had a mostly disappointing Tour de France so far, unable to keep up with the

He now leads Fabio Aru by 18sec with Frenchman Romain Bardet third at 51sec. "I'm very, very happy with that and still in yellow , but it was really hard today," said Froome. Barguil initially raised his arm in victory and cried tears of joy, but those soon changed to sadness.

Warren Barguil won Stage 13 of the Tour de France with a well-timed sprint into Foix – the first time a Frenchman has tasted victory on Bastille Day since 2005. Fabio Aru , who was put under pressure with multiple attacks by Chris Froome and Team Sky, retained the yellow jersey.

Contador and Landa were joined by a counter-attack from Movistar's Quintana and Barguil on the final climb, the punishing Mur de Peguere, and the front four crossed the summit with a lead of two minutes and two seconds.

While they were left to contest stage honours up ahead, the group of contenders began a lengthy game of cat and mouse.

Froome tried a move in the final metres of the Peguere but was quickly shut down, while the long descent saw a series of attacks and counter-attacks.

With the top four watching each other closely, Irishman Dan Martin of Quick-Step Floors slipped away and was soon followed by Simon Yates in the young riders' white jersey, and the pair picked up nine seconds by the finish line.

That leaves Martin in sixth overall, one minutes and 32 seconds behind Aru, while Orica-Scott's Yates sits seventh, two minutes and four seconds down but with a gap of more than two and a half minutes over his rival for white, South African Louis Meintjes of UAE Team Emirates.

There had been speculation overnight that Landa's late dig into Peyragudes - where he beat Froome to the line on Thursday - meant the Spaniard was not 100 per cent behind Sky's leader and looking out for his own interests.

But while he has done himself all manner of favours with Friday's ride, Sky's position is also considerably strengthened as they try to regain yellow. Their rivals must now try to cover both Froome and Landa if they launch attacks.

The day began with news from the UCI that 20-second penalties handed to three riders - including Cannondale-Drapac's Uran - on Thursday for taking late bottles had been annulled.

There were complaints that Bardet also took a late bottle but escaped punishment, but rather than hand the popular Frenchman a penalty on Bastille Day, the race jury chose to cancel them all.

Chris Froome retains yellow jersey as Warren Barguil claims stage win .
Chris Froome conceded four seconds to Romain Bardet on the Col d'Izoard but took another step towards his fourth Tour de France title as Warren Barguil won stage 18. Froome was alongside Bardet on the finish line but it was the Frenchman who finished third behind Barguil and Darwin Atapuma to collect four bonus seconds and trim his deficit in second place to 23 seconds.Colombian Rigoberto Uran, who began the day level with Bardet on the general classification, was a further two seconds back on the road, and now trails Froome by 29 overall.

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