Warren Barguil took victory in Stage 13 of the Tour de France in Foix after another tough day in the Pyrenees, outsprinting Contador and Quintana who had been in the breakaway for more than 30km.
The King of the Mountains leader had already taken full points on the final climb as well as collecting points on the other major climbs but he wanted to win the stage and worked with the GC attackers to get to the finish and win the sprint.
The shortest road stage of this Tour de France, Stage 13 was designed to be a battleground for GC riders with plenty of climbs to split the race. The three category 1 climbs will not be as hard as Stage 12 or as brutal as Stage 9, but will be enough to create some gaps in the race that could be crucial when it comes to Paris.
The stage began with attacks from Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) and Warren Barguil (Sunweb) who were allowed to escape but not too far as riders still tried to get across. The French duo had gotten just 13″ after 4km and the chase continued with the pair being brought back by 10km as Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) countered with Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) and Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep).
At the intermediate sprint at Seix Chavanel led the trio over the line with 17″ seconds on the peloton behind who were sprinting for the best of the rest. Michael Matthews took the best of the remaining points but Kittel was right behind him to limit the gains made by his rival.
Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe) and teammate Pawl Poljanski tried to bridge across to the break which had gained more time and now led the peloton by 41″ after the acceleration put in for the sprint. The Bora duo were 17″ behind the three leaders but it wasn’t long before Burghardt dropped back and Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) attacked and joined Poljanski. The two then became three when Poljanski dropped back and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Diego Ulissi (UAE) joined Calmejane in the chasing group.
As they climbed the Col de Latrape (Cat1) the trioe had 1′ on the peloton with the chase group dangling a few seconds off the front of the peloton. The leaders weren’t able to work together though and De Marchi soon attacked, distancing Chavanel and Ulissi and with 2.4km he had a lead of 33″ on the peloton.
The peloton was beginning to fracture into two groups on the climb as Barguil attacked from the front to try and take more KOM points. Barguil was followed by Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) who was followed by Mikel Landa (Team Sky) as the three riders formed a chasing group in pursuit of De Marchi. At the top De Marchi took full points and was followed by Barguil and the chasers 11″ back and the peloton a further 20″ behind.
On the descent De Marchi was caught by the chasers, whilst in the peloton there was an attack from Nairo Quintana (Movistar) who was able to get a gap ahead of the bunch but was marked by Carlos Betancur (AG2R) and Michel Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).
At the front of the race towards the foot of the descent Landa and Contador dropped Barguil and De Marchi and accelerated away on their own with a lead of 22″ on the yellow jersey group as they made their way up the Col d’Agnes (Cat1).
Landa and Contador continued to put time into the yellow jersey group with their lead going out to 1’27” as Froome sat glued to Aru’s wheel and waited for the yellow jersey to attack to bring Landa back.
Contador took the points at the top of the climb with Landa on his wheel as Barguil led the chasers over around 30″ later. The chasing group now contained Barguil, Kwiatkowski and Nairo Quintana as they began the descent.
There were several attacks on the descent including Bardet who tried to get away from the favourites group but was unable to break away and immediately after the descent the leaders were on the Mur de Peguere (Cat1).
Not long after the climb began Kwiatkowski began to suffer in the chasing group as Quintana and Barguil gradually closed the gap on Contador and Landa. The leading pair were frequently in the sights of the chasers but the gradient of the climb was so steep that it was painfully slow to close the gap.
With 30km to go Contador and Landa had 2’43” on Aru’s yellow jersey group and 49″ on Quintana and Barguil and Kwiatkowski was finally dropped. The yellow jersey group was thinning and thinning until it was just the GC riders on the mountain. At 28km Quintana and Barguil was able to get up to Contador and Landa and immediately Froome attacked Aru and bridged up to Kwiatkowski, but Aru was equal to it and despite further attempts the GC group came back together.
Barguil was able to take the points at the top of the climb as the quartet continued to attack down the descent. The GC riders followed 1’50” later with them all crossing the summit together, but an attack from Bardet caused Aru to react and chase him down. After Aru had brought back Bardet, Froome countered and Aru had to work again to bring him back.
Dan Martin attacked from the GC group and Froome followed, briefly leaving behind Aru who was eventually able to get back up to the pair. The yellow jersey group of Aru, Froome and Martin worked together to try and distance the chasing group which included Bardet and Uran and for a while it looked like it was a significant gap until Bardet brought the GC group and chasing group back.
With 18km to go the Landa group had 1’50” on the yellow jersey group as they continued on the descent towards the finish in Foix; the gap maintaining steady as they went through the 10km to go banner with 1’59” on the GC group. Rigoberto Uran attacked the GC group and quickly got a large gap as Kwiatkowski was put on the front to chase him down.
At 7km Uran was caught and Martin responded immediately and was allowed to get a significant gap of around 10″ quickly as the GC riders looked at each other and decided not to respond.
At 5km the Landa group had got 2’10” on the GC group despite the attacks starting to happen against the yellow jersey as the quartet continued to work together with the cat and mouse games to win the stage imminent.
An attack from Froome was reeled in immediately by Aru as Yates countered and was allow to get up to Martin; with Kwiatkowski again put on chasing duty at the front of the GC group.
In leading group the sprint was beginning as Contador attacked but Barguil was able to come around him and take the stage win on the line with Quintana second and Contador third and Landa fourth.
Martin and Yates came over the line 1’38” later with the GC group 10″ behind them.
Tour de France 2017 Stage 13: Saint-Girons>Foix 101km
|Position||Name (Team – Nationality)||Time|
|1||Warren Barguil (Sunweb – Fra)||2:36:29″|
|2||Nairo Quintana (Movistar – Col)||s.t.|
|3||Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafred0 – Spa)||s.t.|
|4||Mikel Landa (Team Sky – Spa)||+2″|
|5||Simon Yates (Orica-Scott – GBr)||+1’39″|
|6||Dan Martin (QuickStep – Ire)||s.t.|
|7||Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky – Pol)||+1’48″|
|8||Chris Froome (Team Sky – GBr)||s.t.|
|9||Fabio Aru (Astana – Ita)||s.t.|
|10||Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac – Col)||s.t.|
|Position||Name (Team – Nationality)||Time|
|1||Fabio Aru (Astana – Ita)||55:30:06″|
|2||Chris Froome (Team Sky – GBr)||+6″|
|3||Romain Bardet (AG2R – Fra)||+25″|
|4||Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac – Col)||+35″|
|5||Mikel Landa (Team Sky – Spa)||+1’09”|
|6||Dan Martin (QuickStep – Ire)||+1’32”|
|7||Simon Yates (Orica-Scott – GBr)||+2’04”|
|8||Nairo Quintana (Movistar – Col)||+2’07”|
|9||Louis Meintjes (UAE – RSA)||+4’51”|
|10||Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafred0 – Spa)||+5’22″|