Warren Barguil 'wanted to quit cycling' before French national road race victory

The 27-year-old says it's hard to imagine what riding the Tour de France in the tricolore bands will be like

Warren Barguil wins the French national road race 2019 (Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Even before his post-race interview, the tears on the podium betrayed just how much wearing the French bands for the next year will mean to Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic).

The Frenchman took the sprint victory from a select group, with the Cofidis pair of Julien Simon and Damien Touze picking up silver and bronze.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

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