Warren Barguil was up there again in a stage won by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and he continues to climb up the general classification of the Tour de France. After a very fast stage marked by the presence of Amael Moinard and Maxime Bouet in the breakaway, the French champion is now 12th in GC. We’re now heading into the second rest day in Nimes, where the Arkea Samsic leader will see the summits of the Alps.
Warren Barguil : « It was another nice day but it was tough. I didn’t wanna overcook it at the foot of the last climb, Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) helped me bridge thegap with Fuglsang (Astana) and I thank him for that, and I end up with the Dane again like yesterday. I like the long climbs, and less that kind of shorther ascents but it’s ok, I’m happy. I raised my level. Now I’ll wait for the Alps after a well-deserved rest day.”
Yvon Ledanois : « It was another crazy day, the pace was super high from the start and it never stopped. I can say that the rest day is most welcomed for a lot of riders knowing that we will go from a chilly weather to a heatwave — 35 degrees in the Alps. The tired bodies will suffer and there will be more surprises. Amael Moinard and Maxime Bouet did a good job iun the break that featured 11 riders from the top 30 in GC. There was a lot of quality up there and the lead was never too high. It was full gas allday. The Port de Lers cost a lot of energy, the Mur de Peguere made the difference. We were expecting it would be very complicated for Amael and Maxime. In the last climb, Warren dropped out of the favourites group but he did a fine ascent riding at his own pace. He finished close to the yellow jersey and ahead of a rider like Uran (Education First-Drapac). Aparrt from Pinot who did a great climb, everybody was at the limit. Tonight Warren is 12th in the GC, he’s up one spot but I think there will be surprises. The Alpine climbs and the heat will suit him, I don’t have a crystal ball but I’m trust him to claim a top 10 finish in Paris. But before that we have a rest day and it feels good.”
Amael Moinard : « It did not stop all day, it was a very difficult stage. I would have liked the breakaway to take shape before the first ascent but we were full gas. I managed to take a spot in the break but I spent a lot of energy to get there. When I saw who was there I did not have much hope. My goal was to hold on until up the Mur de Peguere but I punctured 4km before the Port de Lers. I managed to get back into the group at he foot of the climbs but some riders started to attack. I felt I was lacking strength. I’m happy I was in the front for a while but it was not ideal as I went from being in the break to being in the gruppetto without being able to help Warren. Tomorrow we will recover but I can’t wait to be in the Alps to see what we can do for Warren. It has been a very demanding Tour so far but we raced well. We were in the front and we were with Warren in the key moments. For now, we’ve managed the race very well.”