Barguil triumphs for France on Bastille Day at Tour

Chris Froome Tour de France

Chris Froome Tour de France

Even though Chris Froome is still the favorite to win the Tour de France after surviving a tricky 13th stage thanks to good team tactics, all is not well at Team Sky, according to three-times champion Greg LeMond.

France's Warren Barguil won the 13th stage of the Tour de France, a 101-km mountain trek from Saint-Girons on Bastille Day on Friday.

Part chess-match, part test of speed and climbing strength, Chris Froome and his Team Sky used an array of tactics to try to regain the initiative after he lost the yellow jersey on Thursday to Aru, cracking on a savage final climb.

Aru remains six seconds ahead of Froome, with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) 25 seconds behind the leader.

Britain's Simon Yates extended his lead in the best young rider's white jersey.

Landa's long-distance move, made together with Spanish double Tour victor Alberto Contador and later with France's Warren Barguil and Colombian Nairo Quintana, gained almost three minutes at one point, which would have put the Sky rider into the yellow jersey.

Center stage was therefore taken by the leading quartet and it was Contador who attacked first inside the 1-kilometer mark.

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"Yesterday (Thursday) was a hard day for me but today I felt a lot better and we played a good strategic game with our team".

It's not all bad news for the OBE, who finished just 20 seconds behind Aru at the finish line in Peyragudes and 22 seconds behind Frenchman Romain Bardet, who won the stage. With Froome only six seconds behind him overall, the leader of the Astana team knows he can't afford to let the Briton get away from him.

"There is something else going on", he added, referring to the fact that Landa's contract expires at the end of the season. It was flawless for us. And - crucially for the French after 12 years without one of their own having won a Tour stage on Bastille Day - it had a French victor in Warren Barguil.

Team Sky had held the yellow jersey since Geraint Thomas's time trial win in Dusseldorf on the opening day.

Aru will wear the yellow jersey for the first time in his career on today's brief but demanding 101km stage, while Froome has handed it over for just the second time, also losing it after stage four in 2015 before reclaiming it at the end of stage seven.

"I savor this victory, but it is still a long way to Paris", said Bardet, all smiles.

Sky's strength on general classification gives them options should Froome have a bad day.

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