A gust of crosswind, thirty kilometers from the finish, split the peloton into several groups and caused numerous casualties with Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Fuglsang (Astana) or Porte (Trek-Segafredo) at the wrong end of a split. Flanked by Kevin Ledanois, Warren Barguil, who revels in these conditions, finished in the first group and moved up to 17th place in the general classification.
Warren Barguil : “It was a difficult day. Before the last climb we had already raced well. I was always well placed, the guys did a good job. 40km from the finish, we rode through a village and I always pay attention to road signs, I saw we would be taking a roundabout and be turning right. I managed to take it well, and it started right after that. Those who went to the left lost time. I had a big gear 55-11 in the end it served me well, it was going very fast. Then I got into Julian’s wheel to avoid all the traps. We were in line, it must have slowed down a bit and I touched his wheel. Landa was trying to go around my left hand side, I lost balance and touched him but not on purpose. I lost my two pedals and he unfortunately ended up in the grass. I found myself 5 meters from the group, Kevin saw him right away, he sat up and got me back into the wheels. I avoided the crash miraculously. Then I tried to hold on to the group. It was a trying first week. “
Kevin Ledanois: “I’m on the Tour to be with my leaders in these stages. It’s not a victory to be in front, but I’m glad I did it today. After yesterday, I was afraid of getting stuck in the end, but finally it was not too bad. When Team Ineos accelerated before the final climb, I was well placed with Andre, who told us to stay there and not to back down. Then we took the round about on the right with Warren and we found ourselves in the top 15. That’s when it started to go faster. I went through a pot hole, I turned around and saw Warren. I did not see the last kilometers pass, I was focused, I kept an eye on Warren. It was a very intense day. “
Yvon Ledanois, sports director : “For us, it’s a good day. Warren Barguil entered the Top 20 of the Tour and if I had been told he would do it before entering the mountain, I would have had a hard time believing it. With what happened at the end of the stage, we will not scream victory. I do not want to jump in the air, we cant be happy when our opponents go through a hard time, humility is part of our sport. What happened to others can happen to us tomorrow. The Tour can give you glory one day and take everything back in the matters of seconds. Lets keep in mind that we have to go on like this, staying close to Warren. He ended up with Kevin Ledanois who likes to fight for position and has been a reassuring support for our leader. Some riders of our team like Andre Greipel could have been in front but they took a roundabout on the wrong side. Today, everyone was committed and that’s how we will get a result. Anthony Delaplace told me midway through that he was cooked but he continued to work, he sacrificed himself, like all the riders on the team. So tonight, we’re happy but the goal is to win a stage. Warren will lose time in the time trial in Pau. He may be more than five minutes behind after that. He will not be among the most dangerous riders to watch and inevitably there will be an opportunity to seize. The bodies are tired, it is a fact that must be taken into account. We are happy to reach the rest day. The guys will go, if they want, for a little ride in the morning. It’s a super demanding Tour, if a rider does not want to ride tomorrow we will not ask him to. »