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by Neal Rogers
July 21, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Barguil solos to second stage win of 2017 Tour de France atop Col d’Izoard; Van Vleuten climbs to solo victory atop Izoard to win La Course Col d’Izoard; Howes, Lay take Stage 1 victories at Cascade Cycling Classic; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 18 highlights; Video: The inner workings of radio tour at the Tour de France; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage Pass, Tour de France Stage 17.
Frenchman Warren Barguil (Sunweb) attacked the final selection of GC favorites on the steep slopes of the Col d’Izoard, and then overcame the remnants of the day’s breakaway, to claim Stage 18 resplendent in the polka-dot jersey of King of the Mountains.
Stage 18 marks Barguil’s second win of the 2017 Tour after his Stage 13 victory in Foix. Save any catastrophes over the next two days, Barguil will also wear the King of the Mountains jersey in Paris, alongside teammate Michael Matthews, who has sewn up the green points jersey.
“This is really fantastic, I can’t believe it,” said Barguil. “It’s really a dream to take another win. I wanted to take some extra time in the GC so I just rode my own climb and paced myself to the top. I managed to close to the leader and then when I still had the legs left, I continued to the line. It’s brilliant for us to have four stage victories now, it’s unbelievable.”
Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors), Bardet, and Mikel Landa (Team Sky) all attacked from the group of favorites, with Landa opening daylight before Froome attempted to bridge up to his teammate and contend for the stage win. The attacks distanced several riders, including Italian Fabio Aru (Astana), who started the day fourth overall but would lose 1:02 to Froome and Bardet and drop to fifth, 1:55 behind Froome.
Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) chased Froome down with Bardet on his wheel, and the four riders — Landa, Froome, Uran, and Bardet — raced to the line together, with Bardet taking the remaining four seconds of time bonus available. Froome and Bardet crossed the line two seconds ahead of Uran, meaning that Bardet took a total of six seconds on the Colombian.
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