Tour de France: Barguil wins on the Izoard

Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) continued his superb Tour de France with a summit finish victory on the Col d'Izoard, cementing his place at the top of the mountains classification. The Frenchman attacked with Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) near the foot of the climb but left the former champion behind to hoover up all the breakaway riders to claim his second stage win at this year’s Tour de France.

Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates) looked like he might just take his first Grand Tour stage win but was dropped by Barguil in the final kilometre and had to settle for second once again.

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) edged himself closer to the yellow jersey by taking the bonus seconds on offer for third with Chris Froome in fourth. Froome still leads the race overall by 23 seconds over Bardet.

After a challenging start to the season and struggling in the opening mountain stages, Barguil has come into his own in the second and third week. With Atapuma less than two minutes up the road as AG2R La Mondiale moved off the front of the peloton inside the final 10 kilometres, Barguil saw his opportunity. Contador came with him but it was clear that the younger rider was too strong for the Spaniard.

Barguil paced himself up the climb, picking off one breakaway rider after another. He had the last, Atapuma, in his sights with just over a kilometre to go and surged clear of him with 800 metres remaining. He moves up to ninth overall, moving ahead of Contador in the standings.

"It's really fantastic. I can't believe it it's a dream for me," Barguil said afterwards. "It has been a dream three weeks. Last night I was discussing it with Michael and we never would have expected that we could have the polka-dot and the green jersey and to win two stages for him and one for me, now two. It's just unbelievable.

"I was waiting to see how it went. I wanted to take some time on Contador to maybe win one spot. I attacked and we came to Mollema and I heard him say slower to Mollema when he was pulling and I passed him and I made my pace to the top. In the last kilometres, I saw Atapuma ahead. I was behind him in the Tour de Suisse and I closed the gap in the last climb and today I made it. It's just crazy."

Mikel Landa (Team Sky) drew first blood as the general classification contenders duked it out behind Barguil, going up the road as his teammate Michal Kwiatkowski pulled over, his day done. Froome kept an eye on his other opponents, chasing down attacks from Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) and then Bardet.

Landa still up the road, Froome put the hammer down with around three kilometres remaining. Bardet and Rigoberto Uran were initially unable to go with him but they chased him down on a short descent and the trio caught up with Landa. The four rode together until the final kilometre when Bardet tried again to distance the yellow jersey. Unlike Peyragudes, Froome was able to follow, but Bardet closed the gap slightly by taking the bonus seconds on the line to move ahead of Uran into second overall.

How it happened

The sun was out and the smell of Paris was in the air with just one more mountain stage to overcome. The 179km ride to the Col d'Izoard would be the last opportunity for many riders to take a stage win and for a lot of the general classification riders to enact some change in the standings.

With that in mind, there was more than enough interest in getting into the breakaway. After several attempts, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) continued his mission to be awarded super combatif on Sunday. The Belgian surged clear with Lilian Clamejane (Direct Energie), Alessandro de Marchi (BMC Racing), Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro) in the opening 10 kilometres.

That was not the break decided and, pushed on by a determined Astana team, a sizeable group of 47 riders disconnected with the peloton and joined forces with the initial leaders. Among them were Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates), Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data), Cyril Gautier (AG2R La Mondiale), Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie), Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).

The only teams who didn't have riders in the move were that of race leader Chris Froome, Team Sky, Bora-Hansgrohe and LottoNL-Jumbo. Team Sky seemed content to let it get plenty of space, more concerned about keeping their place in the yellow jersey than worrying about the stage win. The race settled into a pacey tempo, but there were members of the break not too keen on having another 53 men for company. De Gendt tried time and again to shake things out, but was caught every time.

Back in the peloton, Bora-Hansgrohe took up the fruitless task of setting the pace on the peloton. It was unclear if their directeur sportif was punishing them for missing the break or they were trying to defend Buchmann's 15th place from Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Oscaro), who had got into the break. Sky was happy to let them self flagellate and enjoyed the brief respite from the donkey work.

The breakaway breaks

As the race hit the second climb and the first stern test of the day, attacks began to come from the breakaway and the weaker were sacrificed to the mountain gods. On stage 17, Navarro had shown that he was in good form and attacked in sight of the top of the climb. Lutsenko, Romain Sicard (Direct Energie) and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) set off in chase of the Spaniard. Atapuma, also in Wednesday's break, jumped clear to close the gap.

Meanwhile, AG2R La Mondiale nudged their way to the front of the peloton. Belgian champion Oliver Naesen was one of the riders tasked with burning a few riders off from the peloton. He did just that and by the foot of the Izoard AG2R La Mondiale had brought back the gap from over eight minutes to under four.

As the front group began chopping and changing on the road to the Izoard, with just over 20 kilometres remaining, Lutsenko broke free, taking Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Oscaro) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) with him. Edet and Hardy fell by the wayside though and Lutsenko was left to ride his own race out front. In the group behind, Gallopin expressed his frustrations as they failed to organise a proper chase for some time.

The Izoard

Lutsenko began to fade on the Izoard and Atapuma pushed on behind. The Colombian first dropped Navarro and then Gallopin, before eventually catching Lutsenko with just over six kilometres to go. The rider who has had so many close calls at Grand Tours looked like he might just take his first stage win at the Tour de France.

In the peloton, AG2R La Mondiale had run out of riders, and Barguil and Contador saw their chance to attack. With five kilometres to go, the gap to Atapuma was just 1:45 and there was an opportunity to spoil the party. Barguil proved too strong for Contador and forged ahead alone.

With four kilometres remaining, Michal Kwiatkowski's day was done in dramatic style. As soon as he quite literally stopped on the climb, Landa launched his own attack. The other GC contenders tried to react, with Martin and Bardet both attacking, only to be brought back by Froome. Eventually, with three kilometres remaining, the yellow jersey made his own move. The surge in pace brought back Landa, but couldn't shake his two nearest rivals Bardet and Uran.

While all this was going on, Atapuma's dreams were shattered as Barguil caught and then passed him in the final kilometre to put the cherry on the top of his mountains classification victory with his second stage win.

Bardet was not done with his attempts to crack Froome and the Frenchman made another attempt on the yellow jersey with 500 metres to go. Froome had his number and tailed him in for fourth place to keep the yellow jersey ahead of Saturday's key time trial.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb4:40:33
2Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:00:20
3Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 2 - Cell 2
4Christopher Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 3 - Cell 2
5Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:22
6Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky0:00:32
7Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates0:00:37
8Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors0:00:39
9Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:00:59
10Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:01:09
11Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:01:18
12Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:01:22
13Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:01:37
15Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:01:54
16Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:02:15
17Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:54
18Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:01
19Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:03:04
21Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:17
22Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:23
23Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:03:34
24Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:49
25Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:54
26Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 25 - Cell 2
27Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:03:58
28Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott0:04:08
29Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:13
30Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:04:15
31Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 30 - Cell 2
32Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ0:04:40
33Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team0:04:59
34Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:06:21
35Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:06:41
36Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-ScottRow 35 - Cell 2
37Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 36 - Cell 2
38Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 37 - Cell 2
39Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-DrapacRow 38 - Cell 2
40Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:07:20
41Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:07:41
42Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky0:08:12
43Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:08:30
44Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-MeridaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin0:08:43
46Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:08:48
47Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb0:09:27
48Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie0:10:34
49Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 48 - Cell 2
50Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates0:10:46
51Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:10:57
52Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:11:30
53Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:37
54Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo0:12:01
55Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 55 - Cell 2
57Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb0:12:07
58Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:12:48
59Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:13:00
60Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:40
61Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:13:41
62Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 61 - Cell 2
63Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:14:40
65Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 64 - Cell 2
66Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:16:10
67Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 66 - Cell 2
68Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:16:39
69Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:16:52
70Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:42
71Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 70 - Cell 2
72Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-ScottRow 72 - Cell 2
74Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 75 - Cell 2
77Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 76 - Cell 2
78Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:17:50
79Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:18:26
80Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 79 - Cell 2
81Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 80 - Cell 2
82Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:18:44
83Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:19:42
85Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 84 - Cell 2
86Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:20:03
87Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:22:19
88Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-ScottRow 87 - Cell 2
89Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:22:43
90Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:23:50
91Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 92 - Cell 2
94Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team EmiratesRow 93 - Cell 2
95Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 94 - Cell 2
96Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 96 - Cell 2
98Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 97 - Cell 2
99Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 99 - Cell 2
101Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 100 - Cell 2
102Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 103 - Cell 2
105Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-MeridaRow 104 - Cell 2
106Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:24:19
107Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 106 - Cell 2
108Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:25:46
109Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 108 - Cell 2
110Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-MeridaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:25:48
112Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:26:05
113Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:26:26
114Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 113 - Cell 2
115Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:27:28
116Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:28:33
117Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 116 - Cell 2
118Michael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 117 - Cell 2
119Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 118 - Cell 2
120Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 119 - Cell 2
121Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 120 - Cell 2
122Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 121 - Cell 2
123Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 122 - Cell 2
124Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 123 - Cell 2
125Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 124 - Cell 2
126Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 125 - Cell 2
127Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 126 - Cell 2
128Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 127 - Cell 2
129Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 128 - Cell 2
130Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 129 - Cell 2
131Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJRow 130 - Cell 2
132Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 131 - Cell 2
133Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 132 - Cell 2
134André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 133 - Cell 2
135Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 134 - Cell 2
136Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 135 - Cell 2
137Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-ScottRow 136 - Cell 2
138Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 137 - Cell 2
139Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 138 - Cell 2
140Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 139 - Cell 2
141Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 140 - Cell 2
142Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 141 - Cell 2
143Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 142 - Cell 2
144Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
145Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 144 - Cell 2
146Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 145 - Cell 2
147Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 146 - Cell 2
148Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 147 - Cell 2
149Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
150Albert Timmer (Ned) Team SunwebRow 149 - Cell 2
151Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 150 - Cell 2
152Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 151 - Cell 2
153Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 152 - Cell 2
154Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 153 - Cell 2
155Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:29:02
156Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:29:18
157Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:29:56
158Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 157 - Cell 2
159John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 158 - Cell 2
160Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 159 - Cell 2
161Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 160 - Cell 2
162Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-AlpecinRow 161 - Cell 2
163Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 162 - Cell 2
164Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:30:43
165Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ0:31:40
166Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:31:53
167Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 166 - Cell 2
168Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 167 - Cell 2
169Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:31:57
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Intermediate sprint - Les Thuiles, km. 91.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida20pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb20pts
2Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 3), Côte des Demoiselles Coiffées, km. 60.0
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2pts
2Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 1), Col de Vars (2 109 m), km. 129.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team10pts
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott