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Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 15, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: A Frenchman on Bastille Day: Barguil fights his way to Stage 13 victory at Tour de France; Albrecht takes Stage 2 victory from breakaway at Thüringen; Barnes outsprints Vos to assume lead in BeNe Ladies Tour; UCI race jury reverses 20-second penalties on Uran, Bennett at Tour de France; Fuglsang abandons Tour de France two days after fracturing wrist, elbow; Sagan to return to Tour de Pologne for first time since winning overall in 2011; American teenage phenom Adrien Costa taking leave of absence from pro cycling; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 13 highlights; Video: Inside team meetings at the Tour de France.

A Frenchman on Bastille Day: Barguil fights his way to Stage 13 victory at Tour de France

by Evan Hartig

Frenchman Warren Barguil (Sunweb) was victorious on Stage 13 of the Tour de France on Friday, out-sprinting Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) on a technical finale out of a breakaway group of four riders that also included Team Sky’s Mikel Landa.

Barguil, clad in the polka-dot jersey as King of the Mountains, crossed the line first amid raucous crowds on Bastille Day, the first French stage win at the Tour on their national holiday since 2005.

“It’s exceptional to win on Bastille Day, I’m super happy.” Barguil said, ecstatic after his win. “I saw that Contador was attacking, and I got onto his wheel. I took the outside of last corner, and I was the quickest of the four riders. I’m super happy. To beat Alberto Contador is an exceptional feeling, he’s always been one of my idols, so to beat him is amazing.”

Behind, white jersey Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) battled to maintain a narrow gap over a chase group of GC contenders. After a combative final descent off the Mur de Péguère, the duo crossed the line 1:39 behind Barguil but nine seconds ahead of the yellow jersey group containing Fabio Aru (Astana), Chris Froome and Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), Uran, Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates).

Landa moved up a position on the general classification for his efforts on Stage 13, now just 1:09 behind Aru, while Quintana moved into eighth overall, 2:07 down. Aru retains yellow, with six seconds over Froome.

Click through to read the full race report.

Stage 13: Saint-Girons > Foix - Stage Result

Friday 14th July 2017

1. fr
Team Sunweb
2. co
Movistar Team
3. es
Trek - Segafredo
4. es
Team Sky
5. gb
6. ie
Quick-Step Floors
7. pl
Team Sky
8. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
9. it
ARU Fabio
Astana Pro Team
10. co
URAN Rigoberto
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
11. fr
AG2R La Mondiale
12. za
UAE Team Emirates
13. co
Movistar Team
14. it
UAE Team Emirates
15. fr
AG2R La Mondiale
16. be
Dimension Data
17. fr
AG2R La Mondiale
18. it
CARUSO Damiano
BMC Racing Team
19. fr
MARTIN Guillaume
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
20. de
BORA - hansgrohe

Today’s feature image shows the solitary figure of British sprinter Dan Mclay (Fortuneo-Oscaro) climbing past spectators on the road from Saint-Girons to Foix on Stage 13 of the Tour de France. Photo courtesy Amaury Sport Organisation.

  • Neal Rogers

    This whole 20-second penalty reversal situation is just bizarre.

  • MadBlack

    The TdF race jury is just laughable. Seriously, at the biggest event in cycling one would hope to get an unbiased panel making decisions on merit not on favouritism. In this day and age where everything is caught on camera it should be a simple task to make the right decision in retrospect yet the ‘commisaires’ appear to be blind to any French infraction. They should be forced by CAS to let Sagan race for the final week.

  • Eric

    Ridiculous. The extent which the jury favors French riders. They definitely cancelled the penalty because of Bardet being so high on GC, needless I mention Nacer and Araud. Good to see one didn’t make the time cut and another not winning sprints.

  • velocite

    There seems to be a virus going around this year which causes lots of people to go to town on abusing organizers, such as the UCI, ASO and the race jury. On the Sagan DQ, I’ve studied all the videos I could find frame by frame and I think Sagan was reckless and should have been penalized – don’t have a view on whether the DQ was too much. I don’t believe Demare deserved a penalty because there were no consequences. And on the drinking thing, in the only video I saw you could just see Bardet taking a bottle but you could not see what he did with it, ie drink or douse. Whether you agree with me or not, to accuse the race jury of nationalistic bias with no evidence to me is ratbaggery, and if you’re a commentator like Tomalaris or McKenzie it’s cheap populism, and tacky.

    • Michele

      And Bennett is after cheap, tacky populism?

      Do you think Boo-hani’s penalty was harsh enough?

      Personally, I have no issue with Sagan being kicked off the race. But the rules state a sprinter can’t change their line. It doesn’t say a penalty will be imposed only if there are consequences.

      The ruling on feeding in the last 10/20 kilometres of a stage doesn’t say a rider has to eat or drink it. It just talks about feeding.

      One definition of feed is: “give food to”. Was Bardet “fed” (given water) by that spectator? Yes.

      My wife is just about to feed me some food. If it looks terrible, I’m not going too touch it. But she still fed me. (Hopefully she doesn’t read this ????).

      That all said, I agree with you – I don’t think they’re being nationalistic in their rulings … I just think they are grossly incompetent and inconsistent.

      • velocite

        I haven’t looked at the rules myself, but I understand that to break the rule you need to drink, not tip the contents of the bidon over yourself. As to Bouhanni’s offence I thought that was a joke – but then I didn’t think Renshaw should have been penalized for his head butt. But I make no claim whatsoever about the quality or correctness of my opinions – it’s the flavour of the criticism that I deplore. As for George Bennett, that the affected cyclists and even team managers will have a winge is understandable – it’s the slurs of the rest of us and in particular the commentators that I find depressing.

        Nacer Bouhanni is definitely not a favourite of mine, but how bad do you think his infringement was?

        • Rob

          Well then next time Sagan can just punch his way to the finish line and he should be fine. #frenchrulesforthefrench

        • DaveRides

          Do have a look, you’ll see the rule is so open to interpretation that penalising nobody was the only correct move.

          I agree about Tomalaris, he has not had a good run this Tour on many aspects – talking over the top of the expert commentators instead of just feeding them questions, introducing Wurf as Meyer, reading broadcast times incorrectly etc. He’s been bad enough that SBS management should bawl out the producer who keeps letting him go off-piste, and consider having David Culbert (who did a good job anchoring Liege-Bastogne-Liege this year) anchor the Vuelta and World Championships while they look for someone else to do next year – could be Culbert, Scott McGrory would be a safe choice too, and Sam Lane would be well worth inviting for an audition.

          I don’t know what Michele thinks, but in my book taking the hands off the bars to strike another rider deserves a disqualification and a suspension. The current arrangement with suspensions is they are imposed by the UCI Disciplinary Commission, but ideally would be at least a month plus a non-start in the next WorldTour race he is selected for.

          • Michele

            I don’t know what I think sometimes ????

            • DaveRides

              You could be a UCI commissaire ????

      • DaveRides

        The rule on feeding is way too whimsical and indistinct, nobody with experience in a professionally run sport would recognise it as a real rule. If it has to be interpreted before being enforced, then penalising nobody was the correct move and the rule should be taken out of service until it can be rewritten for clarity.

        The problem with the commissaires this Tour is the lack of consistency and, particularly with respect to the Sagan fiasco, the disregard for the UCI regulations which govern the disciplinary processes.

        I would have had no problem with the eventual outcome of the Sagan case being disqualification, if and only if the principle of due process and the UCI regulations had been correctly applied. I’m sure that if Sagan was able to defend the charge as the UCI regulations say he should have been, the outcome would have been the standard penalty (relegation to back of the group + 200CHF fine) rather than the “in particularly serious cases” penalty of disqualification.

        A bit of searching reveals that Philippe Marien (chief commissaire at the TdF) is the UCI’s senior cyclocross commissaire, so maybe he’s simply out of his depth doing a grand tour which is not contested in such a contained environment as cyclocross. Perhaps he was a last-minute replacement?

        • Michele

          Well put. Agree 100%.

    • DaveRides

      Even if you ignore the basic principle that acts are penalised rather than outcomes (a point already made by Michele) you can’t ignore that Demare’s big swerve did impede Bouhanni and so he deserved to be relegated to the back of the group. It certainly flies in the face of the claim made by Philippe Marien (chief commissaire at the Tour) that every sprint would be scrutinised.

      Further to that, he deserves another penalty for making me temporarily feel sympathy towards Boohoo, that was a most uncomfortable feeling and I hope it doesn’t happen again.

      • velocite

        I am always enlightened by your comments, thanks.

    • claude cat

      So this is Bardet not drinking?


      • velocite

        Hadn’t seen that, he obviously did drink.


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