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Watch: Tour de France Stage 13 video highlights

Martin James
14 Jul 2017

Barguil sends French hearts soaring by taking the honours on Bastille Day

Summary - Stage 13 - Tour de France 2017 by tourdefrance_en

Stage 13 may have been the shortest of the 2017 Tour de France at just 101km long, but it delivered plenty of drama and excitement. And – crucially for the French after 12 years without one of their own having won a Tour stage on Bastille Day – it had a French winner in Warren Barguil.

Unsurprisingly given what day it was, the French were on the attack practicallly from the opening kilometre, but as the race moved onto the slopes of the first of three big climbs of the day, it was two Spaniards – Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa – who took the initiative.

Barguil joined up with another move spearheaded by Nairo Quintana that went clear of a main group of favourites more interested in watching each other than going on the attack.

In the end the quartet came together, and with Landa only three minutes down overall, the pressure was all on Astana's Fabio Aru on his first day in the yellow jersey. In the end Aru survived, despite continued attacks from his closest rivals after the 27km downhill run to the line following the final climb.

But the lead group kept clear, still nearly two minutes ahead to pull Landa up to fifth, now just a minute down overall. But more importantly, Barguil timed his sprint to perfection to deliver the French win the nation craved, and his first Grand Tour stage win in nearly four years.

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