French riders hadn't won a stage of the Tour de France on Bastille Day since David Moncoutié in Digne in 2005. Warren Barguil did it as he attacked from the gun, rode on the offensive again for the polka dot jersey and outsprinted no less than Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa to claim the fourth French stage win this year after Arnaud Démare, Lilian Calmejane and Romain Bardet. He's also the first Breton rider to win at the Tour since Pascal Lino in 1993. Behind the four...read more
“I woke up this morning with very bad feelings. But I had a good talk and a good look at the different climbs with [sport director Steven de Jongh] on the way to the start and I said I'd attack in the first climb if possible. I'm hoping to keep getting better and better with all the injuries I have. For the moment, this Tour de France pushes me to my limits. I prepared for the race very well. I even set a new record in my training climbs before coming to the Tour but I had a very bad crash...read more
I think Contador was a nice wheel to follow. He is a very good rider in those kind of stages and I followed him. I thought about the stage win but I knew it was difficult. Yesterday also I was happy, we did an amazing job, I could not try to win the stage. You work more for the team. You're here to win the Tour. I don't think I'm stronger than Chris. He has won three Tours. We have also a hard week coming up with one time trial Chris can win without me.read more
“The pace was really strong on the final climb. For sure everybody was hurting. I didn't have the kick to really go. I rode at my rhythm to the top. It was nice to come back. In the descent, I managed to get away. With Dan [Martin], we worked well until the finish line. I gained only a few seconds but I'm sure it'll count at the end. A short stage like today only creates positive racing at the difference of yesterday.”read more
"I've been looking for success for a long time. I've been close on several occasions so to win on Bastille Day and being the first Breton stage winner for a long time  makes me super happy because I feel like I have the double nationality [French and Breton]. Beating Alberto Contador who I mimicked when I won races as a young rider in Brittany means a lot to me. I've been critized on social media for losing time on purpose but I came to the Tour de France with the only goal to finish...read more
It was a very tactical stage, more than physical, because the leaders were watching each other closely. It's a pity that some are already calculating in the second week as we allowed back in the game some riders we had managed to drop. I hope we won't regret it in Paris. I was doing fine but it was not easy to have some freedom especially with a finale that did not suit attacks. I had to be content with following today. It was a great race today with some great riders like Contador or...read more
Yesterday was a difficult day in the finale, but today I was feeling much better. We played a little bit with our team because we have Landa who is not far in the GC. It was perfect for us. Landa is very strong and perhaps in the next few days we can play the same game again.read more
"I was expecting attacks from everyone. So I focused on following those who were the closest to me on GC. I know [former team-mate] Mikel Landa very well. He's strong but he had more room because he was three minutes adrift. Now that he's back up, I won't give him so much freedom again. Had I tried to follow everyone, I could have gone in a state of crisis because it was a hard and fast race. I'm satisfied with the outcome. I'm also very pleased by all the encouragements I'm getting in...read more
Some observers might have felt 213.2 kilometres of boredom and 300 metres of excitement in stage 12 but it's set to be the opposite on stage 13. It's the shortest of the 104th Tour de France, time trials excluded but it's a brutal one with three category 1 climbs on the menu, one of them being the Mur de Péguère with sections at 18%. It's really steep. Fabio Aru and Romain Bardet have an occasion to distance Chris Froome because they might have unexpectedly dethroned the Brit, nothing is...read more
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