Barguil uploads winning ride from scintillating sub-three hour stage
After missing out by millimetres to Rigoberto Uran on stage nine, Barguil was able to enjoy his first Tour stage victory, later uploading his ride to Strava with the title “J’y crois toujours pas” (“I still can’t believe it”).
A number of riders were dropped early on the stage, even before the first climb, and Barguil’s stats show why. The Frenchman got in an early move with Thomas Voeckler, averaging 46kmh for the first 25km of racing, even with the road going up a steady false flat for much of that distance.
After his move with Voeckler was caught, Barguil sat in with the leaders for most of the climb of the Col de Latrape. However near the summit he attacked again, accelerating up to more than 30kmh to draw Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa out of the group of favourites.
The next climb was the Col d’Agnes, where Barguil dropped back from Contador and Landa to be picked up by a group including Nairo Quintana and Michal Kwiatkowski, the Polish riders taking the KOM on the climb, covering its 10km length and average gradient of 8.2 per cent at just over 20.2kmh.
Barguil and Kwiatkowski then pushed on on the 12.7km descent of the Agnes, Kwiatkowski hitting 95kmh on one straight section midway down the climb. However the fastest descender of the day (on Strava at least) was Fortuneo-Oscaro rider Romain Hardy, who averaged more than 60kmh for the descent, even including a small uphill section midway down.
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From there Barguil’s hopes of stage win rested on him catching Contador and Landa on the Mur de Péguère, especially the steep double-digit gradients its final 3.5km.
Those 3.5km took Barguil and Quintana more than 14 minutes, their speed dropping below 10kmh at time. However spare a thought for Elie Gesbert, the youngest rider in the race, who took more than 20 minutes to cover that 3.5km at an average power of 302 watts.
At the other end of the spectrum was Romain Bardet, who went up the climb 17 seconds faster than Barguil. That included an acceleration to more than 25kmh to follow Chris Froome‘s attack, not bad considering the 11 per cent gradient at that point.
After the final descent towards Foix, Barguil was able to rest his legs while Quintana, Contador, and Landa worked hard to improve their positions in the general classification, putting the Frenchman in prime position to take the sprint.
With 200m to go the riders came around a hairpin bend at more than 40kmh, before Barguil accelerated up to more than 50kmh to take his first Tour de France stage win.