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Tour de France: Kittel continues to be king of sprints

Tour de France: Kittel continues to be king of sprints”

After a difficult first day in the Pyrenees on stage 12, when he lost the yellow jersey to Aru, defending champion Froome was back on form on the short 101km 13th stage from Saint-Girons to Foix.

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.

Sky has two riders - Froome and Landa - in the top five.

By finishing in that leading pack well ahead of the likes of Aru and Froome, Landa clawed back valuable time in the overall standings, giving Sky an intriguing card to play in coming stages.

Today's menu offered the Tour de France peloton a challenging and mountainous 214.5 kilometer route from Pau to Peyragudes that included no less than six categorized climbs.

"I don't think it was anything that didn't work for Sam. It was more Marin locking in and getting a good read on Sam's serve", said Querrey's coach, Craig Boynton.

Christopher Froome, Rigoberto Uran, Warren Barguil and Romain Bardet during the final sprint.

Federer would be the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era, which dates to 1968; as it is, he's the oldest finalist since Ken Rosewall was 39 in 1974.

We finally got some change in the 2017 Tour de France on Thursday, and things are officially starting to heat up with just over a week left in the competition.

He has won every set he's played in this year's tournament and while he did not dominate the semifinal, he was never in much trouble.

Keeping it will not be easy.

After his move with Voeckler was caught, Barguil sat in with the leaders for most of the climb of the Col de Latrape. With three Pyrenees climbs, it delivered exactly what Tour organizers were hoping for: Full-on racing, with the French victory as the cherry on top.

'I didn't have the legs [at the end] but there's still a long way to go. Greg LeMond won by the tightest margin in Tour history when he took his famous final-day coup against Laurent Fignon by eight seconds in 1989. "I knew Mikel might try something, but I concentrated on the rivals who were closest to me overall like Froome", Aru said.

De Marchi was dropped once Contador and Landa flexed their muscles on the climb, meanwhile, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) jumped off the front to join Barguil and get an advantage on the main group of favourites.

It is the first time in this year's Tour that the yellow jersey will be worn by a non-Team Sky rider, following the injured Geraint Thomas's stage one win.



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