Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome fails to reclaim yellow as Team Sky play games from behind

 
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Le Tour de France 2017 - Stage Thirteen
Britain's Simon Yates (right) and Dan Martin of Ireland slipped away to grab a handful of seconds (Source: Getty)

After yesterday’s disappointment it was all fun and games for Britain’s Chris Froome as the main contenders duked it out in the second day in the Pyrenees .

Warren Barguil became the first Frenchmen to win a stage of the Tour de France on Bastille Day – France's national holiday – since 2005.

Froome failed to reclaim the leader’s yellow jersey from Italian Fabio Aru as the main protagonists punched and counter-punched on the final climb and descent of the on the short 101km stage from Saint-Girons to Foix.

“Yesterday was a difficult day in the finale, but today I was feeling much better”, said Froome, whose Sky team-mate Mikel Landa was among a group of four that contest a sprint for the line.

We played a little bit with our team because we have Landa who is not far in the GC [general classification]. It was perfect for us. Landa is very strong and perhaps in the next few days we can play the same game again.

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The stage’s leading quartet was completed by Nairo Quintana and former Tour winner Alberto Contador.

Meanwhile the top four on general classification – Aru, Froome, Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran – marked each each all the way. finishing just under two minutes behind the first four over the line.

Seconds

Briton Simon Yates and Ireland’s Dan Martin were with the Froome group until the closing stages before slipping off the front and grabbing nine seconds advantage.

“With Dan [Martin], we worked well until the finish line. I gained only a few seconds but I'm sure it'll count at the end,” said Yates, who retained the white jersey for the Tour’s best young rider.

Le Tour de France 2017 - Stage Thirteen
It was a warm day in parts of the south of France (Source: Getty)

Team Sky now have two riders in the top five, with Landa just over a minute behind Froome and Bardet.

Sky’s strength on general classification gives them options should Froome have a bad day. But Landa said he was not thinking of personal glory.

He said:

I don't think I'm stronger than Chris. He has won three Tours. We have also a hard week coming up with one time trial Chris can win without me.

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Stage result

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 BARGUIL WARREN TEAM SUNWEB 02H 36' 29''
2 QUINTANA NAIRO MOVISTAR TEAM 02H 36' 29'' + 00' 00''
3 CONTADOR ALBERTO TREK - SEGAFREDO 02H 36' 29'' + 00' 00''
4 LANDA MIKEL TEAM SKY 02H 36' 31'' + 00' 02''
5 YATES SIMON ORICA - SCOTT 02H 38' 08'' + 01' 39''
6 MARTIN DANIEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 02H 38' 08'' + 01' 39''
7 KWIATKOWSKI MICHAL TEAM SKY 02H 38' 17'' + 01' 48''
8 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY 02H 38' 17'' + 01' 48''
9 ARU FABIO ASTANA PRO TEAM 02H 38' 17'' + 01' 48''
10 URAN RIGOBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC 02H 38' 17'' + 01' 48''

General classification

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 ARU FABIO ASTANA PRO TEAM 55H 30' 06''
2 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY 55H 30' 12'' + 00' 06''
3 BARDET ROMAIN AG2R LA MONDIALE 55H 30' 31'' + 00' 25''
4 URAN RIGOBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC 55H 30' 41'' + 00' 35''
5 LANDA MIKEL TEAM SKY 55H 31' 15'' + 01' 09''
6 MARTIN DANIEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 55H 31' 38'' + 01' 32''
7 YATES SIMON ORICA - SCOTT 55H 32' 10'' + 02' 04''
8 QUINTANA NAIRO MOVISTAR TEAM 55H 32' 13'' + 02' 07''
9 MEINTJES LOUIS UAE TEAM EMIRATES 55H 34' 57'' + 04' 51''
10 CONTADOR ALBERTO TREK - SEGAFREDO 55H 35' 28'' + 05' 22''

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