Descending a mountain is stressful enough, what with all the corners and the high speeds, but Giant-Alpecin’s Warren Barguil had another obstacle to overcome – a herd of cows.
The beasts descended from their field slightly slower than the Frenchman was bombing down the road, but quick enough to cause a moment’s panic.
Credit to Barguil, he didn’t milk the incident – relatively calmly moving to the side of the road, touching the brakes and smoothly passing without major incident – he deserves a pat on the back.
There was a lot at stake down the Tourmalet as well, not just because Simon Yates claims to have topped out at 100kph on the descent, but because Barguil was trying to bridge back to the peloton at the time. The last thing he needed was some bovine intervention.
“I saw the cows and noticed they hadn’t come across the road, so I braked hard, nipped past and carried on,” he said afterwards. “When you hesitate you can lose a lot of speed.
“I’m used to it; in the Pyrenees you know you’re going to come across a lot of cows. It’s what I like about these mountains – it’s a really natural environment.”
Rather you than me, Warren!
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