Warren Barguil became the first Frenchman to win a Tour de France stage on Bastille Day since 2005, finishing nearly two minutes ahead of the yellow-jersey contenders Friday.
Barguil, a 25-year-old from Brittany, made his first career Tour stage victory one to remember on France’s national holiday.
The leader of the King of the Mountains standings won in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 29 seconds, on the shortest road stage in modern Tour history, just 63 miles. The last Frenchman to win on Bastille Day was David Moncoutie in 2005.
Barguil led a four-man group to the finish, with Nairo Quintana and two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador crossing in the same time and Spaniard Mikel Landa two seconds back.
Later, the group of overall Tour contenders Fabio Aru, Chris Froome, Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran finished 1:48 behind.
They remain the top four in the overall standings, in that order, with eight stages left, separated by just 35 seconds. It has turned into the tightest yellow jersey battle in Tour history.
Saturday’s Stage 14 features a pair of three-category climbs on a 113-mile road to Rodez that should not be selective. Olympic road race champion Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium won here two years ago.
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