Warren Barguil is restless. After benefiting from his team mates’ work after he was caught up in a pileup with 35 kilo;etres left, the French champion went with the sprinters in the streets of Toulouse to snatch an unexpected top 10 finish. No doubt, the Arkea-Samsic leader is in great form.
Warren Barguil : “With about 40km left there was a crash just in front of me. I managed to stop but a rider fell onto Anthony Delaplace, who fell onto me. We got started again as quickly as possible but when the peloton rides at 45 kph you can lsoe time fast. My team mates did a great job in bringing me back but they left a lot of energy for the upcoming sprint. In the last climb I told Andre to take my wheel, we were behind Jumbo-Visma but he ahd to brake in the last curve, too bad, I felt he was ready for a good sprint. I stayed in the line, I wanted to stay focused and take zero risk. I didn’t go fight with the sprinters. You have to be able to ride fast and working for a sprinter is somehting I like to do. Today is another story, I hope I will have the same legs as last week.”
Andre Greipel : «I was in a good position, not to win but to at least ride a good sprint. But I was slowed down by a chicane. Warren did a a great job!”.
Yvon Ledanois, sports director : « The rest day went well, the riders went for a ride with the team manager, Emmanuel Hubert, before resting. Getting things going again went fine. Today we had a little scare when Warren Barguil got caught behind Niki Terpstra’s (Total-Direct Energie) crash. He was in a third bunch but his team mates worked hard to get him back into position and he got a top 10 finish even if it’s not what we xpect from him. If a climber takes 10th place in a sprint finish it means he’s in top shape! Tomorrow he will be on his terrain. A breakaway will take shape in the first 120km and the pace will be high. It would be good if one of our riders could be in the break.
Then we will go up the Col de Peyresourde and if the pace is hight it will hurt. After a downhill the riders will be at the foot of the Hourquette d’Ancizans, which is a tough climb (10km at 8%). At the top, there will be 30km left before reaching Bagnères-de-Bigorre.”