Analytics in Action – Stage 13Blog
Racing fireworks and a French victory on Bastille Day
An intense day of racing saw Warren Barguil (SUN) take his revenge and claim the first French victory on France’s famous national day since 2005.
Bastille Day was the perfect occasion for the riders to break out some of their best racing fireworks on the 2017 Tour de France. A 101km route full of climbing made for an action-packed day with the top climbers turning up the heat from the start. They kept the action going all day, leading to a brilliant victory for French climber Warren Barguil (SUN).
The young Frenchman capped a strong ride with a dominating sprint in the end. He sped up to 60.4km/h in the final kilometre to snatch the win from Nairo Quintana (MOV) and Alberto Contador (TFS). Fabio Aru (AST) maintained the tightest lead ever seen after 13 stages on the Tour: four riders are still within 35 seconds of each other, an unprecedented situation.
Alberto Contador (TFS) just doesn't seem to have the legs anymore that powered him to the podium in 2007 and 2009. But he still has the same grit that made him one of the greatest champions this century. The 35-year-old Spaniard went on the attack on the first climb of the day, the Col de Latrape. Only Mikel Landa (SKY) could join him, before a huge effort from Polka-dot Jersey Warren Barguil (SUN) and Colombian top climber Nairo Quintana (MOV) reeled them both back in.
The previous mountain stages saw Contador (TFS) and Quintana (MOV) lose a lot of time to Fabio Aru (AST), not allowing the Italian youngster to chase them and preserve his strength to fight off his closest challengers. That still didn't make stage 13 a smooth ride for the race leader. He faced attacks from Chris Froome (SKY) and Romain Bardet (ALM) both on the uphill and the decent. Aru (AST) managed to keep up with them, but he knows he still has a long way to go before winning this Tour.
Key data highlights:
1.) Warren Barguil (SUN) averaged 18.6km/h across the three climbs of the day to become the first French rider to win a Tour stage on Bastille Day since David Moncoutié in 2005.
2.) With 30km covered, there were only 20 riders left in the Yellow Jersey group: a sign of the intense racing at that point.
3.) With Arthur Vichot (FDJ) quitting the race due to illness, FDJ only has four riders left in this year’s Tour.
4.) Stage 13 was the shortest stage of the Tour in the past 45 years.
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