Barguil wins Bastille Day Tour stage

France's Warren Barguil ccrosses the finish line ahead of Colombia's Nairo Quintana and Spain's Alberto Contador at the end of the 13th stage of the Tour de France

France's Warren Barguil ccrosses the finish line ahead of Colombia's Nairo Quintana and Spain's Alberto Contador at the end of the 13th stage of the Tour de France

Warren Barguil became the first French rider in 12 years to win the Bastille Day stage of the Tour de France as Fabio Aru maintained his six-second lead over Chris Froome.

After a hard first day in the Pyrenees on stage 12, when he lost the yellow jersey to Aru, defending champion Froome was back on form on the short 101km 13th stage from Saint-Girons to Foix. Landa spent the day in a breakaway with aging Tour legend and fellow Spaniard Contador, riding ahead by more than two minutes of the new yellow jersey bearer, Fabio Aru, who was powerless to chase with no teammates by his side.

But the race was made initially by Contador, who attacked on the first of three mountain climbs, and Quintana who attacked early on the second.

The four-day, five-stage race through Belgium and the Netherlands will continue on Friday with a 127.2 kilometre road race from Vlissingen to Philippine, Belgium.

Chris Froome had-until today-ridden a dream Tour de France, taking the yellow jersey on Stage 5 and enjoying the luxury of the peloton's strongest team insulating him from most every attack.

'Tomorrow is another very hard stage and though I'm here for stage wins I'm here for the overall too, so we have to stay focused'. With Froome just six seconds down and Landa up to fifth at 1:09, Sky have a more than capable Plan B should Froome have another wobble like he did at Peyragudes. I knew I was going to be the fastest into the finish line.

AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet, who sits third, 51 seconds off Froome's pace, also hit the deck but quickly recovered, while two-time Tour victor Alberto Contador went down with around 20km remaining before pacing his way back with the help of team-mate Jarlinson Pantano.

Aru and Froome traded attacks on the descent but neither was able to manufacture any breathing room, though Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) were able to break away from the GC group.

"I had a bad moment here at the end". It's as simple as that - I just didn't have the legs on the final kick.

Quintana zoomed over the line in second place, failing to catch Barguil with his final sprint, with Contador third.

Friday features a short stage from Saint-Girons to Foix.

"I've been looking for success for a long time", said Barguil, the first Frenchman to win on the national day since David Moncoutié. It's really short and fast, and was all about power, so it was flawless for me.

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