French youngster Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano) broke clear in the final
kilometre of Friday’s 169km ride from Valls to Castelldefels to claim the
13th stage of the Tour of Spain.
The 21-year-old was part of a breakaway group of 10 that controlled the
second half of the stage but he made the telling break to seize his first
professional stage win ahead of Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2R) and Bauke Mollema
Race leader Vicenzo Nibali (Astana) finished amongst the peloton 2mins
43secs back along with all the other major contenders in the general
classification to maintain his 31 second advantage over Nicholas Roche (Saxo).
Barguil celebrated his victory as he crossed the line by pointing to the
sky and he dedicated his maiden win to his recently deceased grandfather.
“I am very happy and especially for my grandfather because he was an
inspiration for me.”
And victory also completed a huge turnaround in fortunes for Barguil after
he suffered a heavy fall in Monday’s 10th stage in Granada which saw him lose
25 minutes in the general classification.
“I was very disappointed after my crash because I was 19th in the general
classification and I felt I was in very good shape. Today though the attack
went well and I am delighted to seal this first victory.”
After Michele Scarponi (Lampre) had briefly led on his own following the
category one climb up the Alto del Rat Penat, the Italian was joined by a
group of nine more riders that had broken away from the peloton.
The breakaway group maintained their lead of around three minutes from the
peloton for the final 40km of the race.
With the winner certain to come from the leading 10, Jerome Coppel
(Cofidis) and Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) were first to attack but were
quickly caught before a tactical period followed with no one wanting to take
However, eventually it was the inexperienced Barguil who made the decisive
attack for the line as he held on comfortably in the 400-metre climb to the
Nibali, Roche, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Chris Horner (RadioShack) and
Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) all registered the same time back in the peloton
to ensure there was no change in the top five in the general classification.
However, Nibali is expecting more of a challenge from Rodriguez on Saturday
as the race heads into Andorra with a series of daunting climbs in the final
“Tomorrow is a different story. I think that Rodriguez could attack and he
has proven today that he is in good condition.There are a lot of kilometres
until the end of the race. I know the finish tomorrow a little bit and we’ll
see what happens.”
Results of the 13th stage of the Tour of Spain, a 169km ride from Valls to Castelldefels on Friday:
1. Warren Barguil (FRA/ARG) 4hr 00min 13sec
2. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA/ALM) at 7sec.
3. Bauke Mollema (NED/BKN) 0:07.
4. Ivan Santaromita (ITA/BMC) 0:07.
5. Xavier Zandio (ESP/SKY) 0:07.
6. Amets Txurruka (ESP/CJR) 0:07.
7. Michele Scarponi (ITA/LAM) 0:07.
8. Egoi Martinez (ESP/EUS) 0:07.
9. Jerome Coppel (FRA/COF) 0:24.
10. Benat Intxausti (ESP/MOV) 2:34.
11. Diego Ulissi (ITA/LAM) 2:43.
12. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/BMC) 2:43.
13. Dennis Vanendert (BEL/LTB) 2:43.
14. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 2:43.
15. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 2:43.
16. Ivan Basso (ITA/CAN) 2:43.
17. Nicolas Roche (IRL/SAX) 2:43.
18. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 2:43.
19. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP/VAC) 2:43.
20. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 2:43.
1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 49hr 29min 02sec
2. Nicolas Roche (IRL/SAX) at 31sec.
3. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0:46.
4. Chris Horner (USA/RSH) 0:46.
5. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 2:33.
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 2:44.
7. Ivan Basso (ITA/CAN) 2:52.
8. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 3:35.
9. Rafal Majka (POL/SAX) 3:46.
10. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 3:56.
11. Leopold Konig (CZE/APP) 4:08.
12. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 5:05.
13. Rigoberto Uran (COL/SKY) 5:46.
14. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/EUS) 6:38.
15. Eros Capecchi (ITA/MOV) 6:47.
16. Michele Scarponi (ITA/LAM) 7:49.
17. Dominik Nerz (GER/BMC) 8:02.
18. Jose Mendes (POR/APP) 8:56.
19. Jose Herrada (ESP/MOV) 9:07.
20. David Arroyo (ESP/CJR) 9:28.