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Summary

  1. France's Barguil wins stage on Bastille day
  2. Team Sky's Froome stays second in GC
  3. Stage 13: 101km mountain stage from Saint-Girons to Foix
  4. Shortest road stage of 2017 Tour
  5. Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (online only)

Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and farewell

It may not have ripped apart the very top of the general classification battle but that stage delivered on many of its promises.

It also proves that short, sharp stages may be the way forward to bring a bit more excitement back to this sport.

A French winner on Bastille Day a fitting end. Well done Warren Barguil.

So Fabio Aru keeps yellow but his rivals will go again.

The report of today's stage is building here.

For now, farewell.

Riders keep streaming over the finish line in Foix.

A big group have just wheeled in 15 minutes behind the leaders. The cut-off is expected to be at around 30 minutes so even if there are groups left out on the road, they shouldn't be in danger of missing the time limit.

Warren Barguil makes it the fourth French stage win this Tour after Arnaud Demare, Lilian Calmejane and Romain Bardet.

A moment to redeem that heartbreaking finish on stage nine - when Barguil raised his hands in celebration, was taken to the winner's enclosure, only then to find out Rigoberto Uran had pipped him on the line.

Top 10 on GC

No changes to the top four on general classification but a bit of movement below:

  1. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) 55hrs 30mins 06secs
  2. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +6secs
  3. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +25secs
  4. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale-Drapac) +35secs
  5. Mikel Landa (Spa/Team Sky) +1min 09secs
  6. Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step) +1min 32secs
  7. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +2min 04secs
  8. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +2min 07secs
  9. Louis Meintjes (SA/Team UAE Emirates) +4mins 51secs
  10. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek) +5mins 22secs

The last French stage winner on Bastille Day was David Moncoutie in 2005.

What a way for Warren Barguil to end a 12-year wait.

The Sunweb rider went off in search of mountains classification points to cement his lead in that competition but had enough power to see off grand tour winners Alberto Contador and Nairo Quitana in the finale.

The top three on stage 13:

  1. Warren Barguil (Fra/Sunweb)
  2. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar)
  3. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek)

That meant Team Sky's Mikel Landa finished fourth so didn't pick up any bonus seconds. However, he's moved himself up to fifth on general classification and is a legitimate threat along with team leader Chris Froome now.

Here they come - no late drama amongst the GC favourites as Fabio Aru retains the yellow jersey, rolling over the line alongside Chris Froome, Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran.

Dan Martin and Simon Yates will sprint for fifth and sixth on the stage - Yates gets it on the line and a few precious seconds.

Yellow jersey group on their tails...

BreakingBARGUIL WINS STAGE 13

Warren Barguil gets it!

Alberto Contador has a dig but is quickly followed and it comes down to the final drag.

None of these riders renowned for their sprint but Barguil has the most power remaining to win the stage.

A French winner on Bastille Day. Chapeau!

Get ready for a climber's sprint...

1km to go

Into the final kilometre in Foix.

Four riders to contend for the stage - Contador, Quintana, Barguil and Landa.

2km to go

Front four lead by 2'02''

So into the final 2km to go to Foix. It doesn't look like Landa has enough road to take yellow now but a stage win is still on the cards.

Quintana, Barguil and Contador will have something to say about that, though.

Behind, Simon Yates has attacked and joined Dan Martin.

The rest of the favourites holding steady now. A truce for the day?

Froome attacks

Chris Froome puts the hammer down again but is instantly matched by his rivals.

Not sure why he's doing that - Mikel Landa is out front and in contention to take yellow.

Surely just sit back and force Fabio Aru to do the chasing.

5km to go

Front four lead by 2'09''

Team Sky's Mikel Landa is still firmly in contention to take the yellow jersey from Fabio Aru.

He needs two minutes 55 seconds to do it - although if he wins the stage, he'll get 10 bonus seconds so could just need two minutes 45 seconds.

If the following group continue to attack and counter with little fluidity, the leading group could stretch their advantage.

6km to go

Contador, Landa, Quintana and Barguil lead by 1'52''

The front group reach 6km to go and still have a sizeable lead.

Dan Martin has attacked behind. Smart move by the Quick-Step rider - he's not a threat to the top three on GC right now and so the likes of Fabio Aru and Chris Froome are happy to let him go. For now.

Yep, sure enough, Chris Froome and Michal Kwiatkowski have a quick word, go to the front and reel Rigoberto Uran back in.

Dan Martin goes again down the right...

The rest of the yellow jersey group have lost sight of Rigoberto Uran.

A tremendous effort from the Colombian.

Surely the rest have to counter soon?

Uran attacks

Rigoberto Uran has gone and opened up a sizeable gap on the descent.

The Colombian is just 35 seconds behind yellow jersey Fabio Aru in the overall standings.

10km to go

Front four lead by 1'59''

Quintana could be putting himself back in contention for a podium if this leading group maintain a two-minute advantage.

He's four minutes one second behind Fabio Aru and has looked knackered at times in this Tour - but can this inspire him going forward?

13km to go

Front four lead by 1'58''

The leading group of Quintana, Contador, Landa and Barguil are about to come off the mountain road and back onto a main road, where it does flatten out a bit more after this lengthy descent.

Then they will time trial to the finish in Foix, no doubt with a bit of cat-and-mouse along the way as each look to win the stage.

Dan Martin does indeed go to the front of the yellow jersey group, taking the initiative to limit the gap to the front group.

15km to go

Front four lead by 2'00''

Stalemate in the yellow jersey group as it all comes back together and each rider just looks at the other.

"It's your job to chase, mate."

Dan Martin is the biggest loser from this group as it stands because Mikel Landa looks set to take his fifth place on GC. Simon Yates in sixth will also be motivated to work, too.

All the looking around just means the front four now lead by two minutes again.

With the gap holding steady, it's very like the stage winner will be one of Alberto Contador, Mikel Landa, Nairo Quitana and Warren Barguil.

Does Barguil have anything left to take the win for France on Bastille Day?

20km to go

Contador, Landa, Quintana and Barguil lead by 1'49''

The stop-start of the yellow jersey group is really helping the front four of Contador, Landa, Quintana and Barguil.

Their advantage is growing back out towards the two-minute mark.

Chris Froome is pushing the limit on this descent, the Team Sky rider flirting with the outside edge of a corner.

Froome attacks

Dan Martin pops off the front and Chris Froome goes from a long way back, putting in a huge effort to bridge and overtake the Irish rider.

Fabio Aru has to counter and does. Superb work from the yellow jersey. Romain Bardet is now behind with Rigoberto Uran - they've got to go soon.

Bardet attacks

Romain Bardet goes on the descent!

He dropped back and snuck up on the left, taking the rest by surprise but they finally latched on and shut it down.

Froome counters but they mark him out, too.

All this up and down has allowed Dan Martin and Simon Yates to get back on.

Froome has another dig towards the top of the Mur de Peguere - his move is marked and the favourites all reach the summit together.

25km to go

Warren Barguil does indeed bridge and sprints over the top of the Mur de Peguere to take the maximum 10 points in the king of the mountains classification.

So the leading group is now four riders - Barguil, Quintana, Contador and Landa and they lead the yellow jersey by one minute 36 seconds.

Froome attacks

He looked to be struggling at one point but Chris Froome may have just been bluffing - the reigning champion stays in the saddle but pedals like mad to bridge up to team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski.

That effort has left Dan Martin behind, the Quick-Step rider dropping back. Britain's Simon Yates in the white jersey is being distanced, too.

Fabio Aru, Romain Bardet, Rigoberto Uran and Louis Meintjes are still there and latch onto Froome's wheel.

The leaders have 1km to go to the summit of the Mur de Peguere.

Quintana and Barguil are closing the gap - expect the Frenchman try and sprint to win more king of the mountains points.

Contador and Landa might be relieved to get some more help for the descent and run in to come.

Bennett dropped

Kiwi George Bennett - 10th on GC - is struggling and loses contact with the back of the yellow jersey group.

Britain's Simon Yates is still in there and Ireland's Dan Martin is looking good.

Jeez. Chris Froome has just got out of the saddle, an indication of how tough this climb is.

Let others do the work?

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

It's been said up to the first week or ten days, that Team Sky haven't had to do anything to defend the yellow jersey, they've let the sprinters' teams and BMC do most of the work for them.

As it stands, Fabio Aru hasn't had to do anything either because everybody else has been doing the chasing for him. He can just sit back and let LottoNL-Jumbo and Team UAE Emirates do most of the work up to this point.

29km to go

Contador, Landa lead by 2'33''

Contador and Landa have just under 2km left to go in this brutal climb of the Mur de Peguere.

Quintana and Barguil behind can just about see the leaders, but are still over 30 seconds down.

The last kilometre of racing took the leading group over four minutes.

That's how steep it is out there - the riders are almost at a standstill at times.

No spectators to contend with, though, after they were banned from standing on the steepest bits of this narrow climb.

Nieve dropped

One of Froome's key lieutenants, Mikel Nieve, is being dropped from the yellow jersey group.

Bardet's team-mates Lator and Vuillermoz look in trouble, too.

30km to go

Contador, Landa lead by 2'30'''

Contador and Landa are onto a incredibly steep section on the Mur de Peguere, just inching up the climb now.

Landa is now 25 seconds from the virtual yellow jersey as his pace understandably slows.

Team Sky's Kwiatkowski is being dropped by Quintana and Bargiul in the second group on the road.

Landa needs around 15 more seconds to become the virtual leader of the Tour de France.

What will Aru do behind? The yellow jersey has no team-mates but, with Landa a threat to the rest of the top 10 on GC too, they are happy to ride with Aru. So far.

Contador and Landa are putting even more time into Quintana, Barguil and Kwiatkowski behind.

Quintana will be frustrated but Barguil will be happy to pick up more points in the mountains classification, should they stay clear to the top of the Mur de Peguere.

Lotto Soudal's Tony Gallopin - who went off alone some time ago but was not followed by the TV motorbikes - is finally gobbled up by the yellow jersey group.