It’s been a busy couple of days when it comes to eye-catching French wins uploaded to Strava. After Romain Bardet’s 212km slog comes Warren Barguil’s 105km (65-mile) Bastille Day effort, in which he seemed to spend the majority of his time attacking.
The short route meant a more aggressive pace than normal for this kind of terrain. Barguil averaged 37.3km/h (23.2mph) – this despite 2,330m (7,644ft) of vertical gain and spending the majority of his day riding in a small group.
Appropriately enough, considering he’s wearing the polka dot King of the Mountains jersey, Barguil also picked up a few KoMs along the way.
He covered the 5.5km 7% Col de Latrape in 14 minutes when he first set off on his quest for mountain points.
Technically, he was also briefly KoM for the long climb from Massat to Col de Peguere, as Romain Bardet only snatched it from him a couple of minutes later.