Tightest Tour in history, at least for now

Tightest Tour in history, at least for now

The plan was for him to attack before the Peyresourde summit Thursday, but he couldn't do it. Once the bunch hit the wall at the finale, Froome struggled against the explosive riders such as Aru and Bardet.

Frenchman Warren Barguil delivered a Bastille Day victory on stage 13 of the Tour de France as Fabio Aru retained the yellow jersey. "I am in good shape but if things go wrong, they go wrong", said the Trek team leader, now 10th at 5min 22sec. Nieve went straight onto the grass between lorries and camping caravans. Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) is third at 25 seconds back.

The Knicks promoted Steve Mills from general manager to president and hired Scott Perry as general manager. Team Sky's Froome lags Astana rider by six seconds. Contador placed third. Testifying to the brevity and relentless racing action of the stage, Barguil covered the distance in just 2 1/2 hours, half the time of longer stages with twice as much road to cover. Dan Martin took up the role of the pace-setter, grinding his way to the top and reducing the chasing group to all but the top yellow jersey contenders.

Froome's teammates had set a fast tempo that prevented others from attacking-a tactic that prepared the ground for Froome's expected assault in the steep final section leading to the finish in the ski station of Peyragudes.

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"I knew he would try something", he said. Add Rigoberto Urán in fourth, and it's the closest Tour in history at the halfway mark. In 2015, the Belgian Greg Van Avermaet, the future olympic champion, had gone ahead of Peter Sagan.

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"Contador was my idol when I was younger".

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"To tell you the truth, it has been a very difficult Tour for me until now". From there, the foursome sped together into Foix, overlooked by its imposing 11th century castle decorated with a French tricolor of red, white and blue.

"He's a real challenger now for the overall title in Paris, and it's a great card for us to play especially when Astana don't have the numbers to control the race".

Kittel's power in the bunch sprint could not be matched and the Quick-Step Floors rider easily beat Dylan Groenewegen and Edvald Boasson Hagen by half a bike length to extend his lead in the points classification after stopping his effort well before the line. Cummings was then caught with 8 kilometers left, lining up a dramatic finale.