Barguil's Bastille day win as short stage provides fireworks

Barguil's Bastille day win as short stage provides fireworks

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.

Chris Froome claims the race is now on after losing the yellow jersey on a gruelling day in the mountains on stage 12 of the Tour de France.

Froome remains second in the standings, six seconds off overall leader, Fabio Aru of the Astana team.

Nearing the top of the climb Barguil took the opportunity to attack and extend his lead in the polka dot jersey.

A day after Froome showed a rare sign of weakness on the final slope, Team Sky sent Mikel Landa in front when twice champion Alberto Contador attacked early on, forcing his other rivals to chase as the Spaniard became a threat for the overall title. "I know the terrain very well, I'm expecting a big battle", the AG2R-La Mondiale rider said.

It's not all bad news for the OBE, who finished just 20 seconds behind Aru at the finish line in Peyragudes and 22 seconds behind Frenchman Romain Bardet, who won the stage. "Mikel Landa (Spain / Team Sky) +5" 5.

End result: Sky has two riders - Froome and Landa - in the top five.

Aru had been isolated throughout nearly the entire stage, but was able to rely on help from other teams whose general classification positions were threatened by Contador, Landa and Quintana gaining time.

Sky stepped up the tempo in the first really hard ascent, the Col de Mente, where Spanish great Luis Ocana crashed out in a downhill section in 1971 while wearing the yellow jersey. Aru, who will wear yellow for the first time, now sits six seconds ahead of Froome.

George Bennett is the leading Kiwi rider on this year's Tour de France. Then after Monday's rest day, the Tour tackle the Alps and a Stage 20 time trial. "We'll continue to do that, but it went perfectly for us today".

The group of favourites came to the foot of the climb together, but after Aru struck out first, Froome struggled to respond. Later in his post-stage interview, Froome regretted giving the Italian the freedom to attack and that mistake must be haunting him all the more after Thursday.

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.



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