Marcel Kittel wins his fifth stage of the Tour de France


Frenchman Warren Barguil delivered a Bastille Day victory on stage 13 of the Tour de France as Team Sky piled pressure on Fabio Aru in the yellow jersey.

The Italian national champion now leads the Tour by six seconds from Froome, with Frenchman Bardet closing to within 25 seconds of yellow in third.

Meanwhile the top four on general classification - Aru, Froome, Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran - marked each each all the way. finishing just under two minutes behind the first four over the line.

Barguil led a four-man group to the finish, with Nairo Quintana and two-time Tour victor Alberto Contador crossing in the same time and Spaniard Mikel Landa two seconds back.

Upbeat: Michael Matthews hasn't won a stage at this Tour so far, but is confident the final week can bring him a victory. Marcel Kittel has made the best of the whittled competition and won 5 stages, out sprinting pre-race green jersey favourite Andre Greipel. He is expected to attack in Thursday's 12th stage, a 214.5-km trek featuring three major climbs and a summit finish in Peyragudes.

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

"This shows that Froome is beatable", exhorted Alexander Vinokourov, Aru's Astana team manager.

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"The pace was very high all day long, but just in the last meters, I saw Froome was in trouble and I just try to go to the line as soon as possible", Bardet said.

Landa is now fifth, 1:09 behind Aru, and Team Sky's management will need to make clear who the leader is after the Spaniard, whose contract expires at the end of the year, finished ahead of Froome on Thursday.

By stark contrast it was a miserable day for Astana's Jakob Fuglsang, who withdrew from the race with a fractures to his wrist and elbow he suffered on Stage 11.

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And having seen its tactics work this time, Sky is already planning its next move to put Froome back in the yellow jersey he held for seven days before Aru took it - with Landa as the team's new joker.

"It's flawless for us", Froome said.

But on the ultra-steep final ascent to Peyragudes airfield, when Aru launched an explosive attack and then France's Romain Bardet followed him up the road, Froome veered right as he struggled to keep his gear turning.