Barguil wins Bastille Day stage

Simon Yates at the 2017 Tour de France	Credit Yuzuru Sunada

Simon Yates at the 2017 Tour de France Credit Yuzuru Sunada

Sunweb rider Barguil won in a sprint finish from a four-man breakaway in Foix, beating Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Team Sky's Mikel Landa.

Sky never had to chase on a day of danger for them as Landa, who appears to be in top shape despite riding the Giro d'Italia in May-June, was in front with Contador.

On Thursday Froome's Spanish team-mate Mikel Landa had been criticised by Sky sports director Nico Portal, after he failed to wait for the Briton when Froome struggled on the final climb.

Warren Barguil became the first Frenchmen to win a stage of the Tour de France on Bastille Day - France's national holiday - since 2005. Barguil covered the distance in 21/2 hours, half the time of some of the Tour's longer stages with twice as much road to cover. Nieve went straight onto the grass between lorries and camping caravans. French rider Romain Bardet was third, still 25 seconds behind. Everyone needs to take time on Chris [Froome] before that last time trial. Team Sky's Froome lags Astana rider by six seconds. "I kept my calm".

Bardet will have to wait, however, as the Tour now heads eastwards away from the Pyrenees, and Froome and the rest of the peloton will enjoy four days racing on less challenging terrain. The red jersey would become iconic in its raw significance, touching the nerve of even the most casual viewer. Gus is the former Editor-in-Chief of Embrocation Cycling Journal and currently lives in Watertown, Massachusetts with his wife, two kids, two cats, and many bicycles. It's a great card for us to play, especially now that Aru's Astana team don't have the numbers to control the race'.

Call it the closest Tour de France in history.

The Tour de France 2017 action steps into stage 14 starting on July 15th, 2017 8:00 AM EST. "A few years ago I used to celebrate like him with the pistol gesture when riding in the second category in Brittany".

"I can barely believe I've beaten Contador today". The antitrust complaint targets marketing programs and contracts at Ohio State that promote the university using likenesses of athletes.

The only yellow item he wore after the finish was the small ring in his nose to help him breathe.

While today's 181km route doesn't crest the high alpine peaks of the last few stages, its constant ups and downs and steep uphill finish will be sure to push the legs of a tiring peloton.

The yellow jersey group would end 1:48 down on the stage winner, with Aru retaining the yellow jersey.

Yellow, green, polka-dot and white, in that order, are the flagship jerseys of the Tour.

He was part of a move on the opening climb of the day, with Spain's Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa providing strong reinforcement.

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