And there have been signs that he is prioritising his own ambitions over that of the team - in a revealing albeit largely unnoticed incident on stage five's finishing climb to Planche des Belles Filles, Landa was dropped before taking his turn at the front of the peloton yet still managed to finish 15th, a sign that he was preserving his own losses rather than using up everything in aid of Froome.
Aru and Froome traded attacks on the descent but neither was able to manufacture any breathing room, though Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) were able to break away from the GC group.
Had he had a stronger team, Aru would probably not have let Froome's colleague Mikel Landa follow Alberto Contador early on and gain 1:46, which puts the Spaniard only 1:09 adrift in the general classification and now makes him an additional threat. Making his nation proud, Warren Barguil took an exciting Stage 13 victory in the 2017 Tour de France. Barguil covered the distance in 21/2 hours, half the time of some of the Tour's longer stages with twice as much road to cover.
"Of course Mikel was again very strong today", said the 27-year-old Italian.
Stepping into the breach are Matthew Keenan and Robbie McEwen, and, say whatever you like, they know their cycling.
Bardet is third overall, 25 seconds off the pace.
"Beating Alberto Contador, who I mimicked when I won races as a young rider in Brittany, means a lot to me". Team Sky has tried to tamp down discussion that Froome is vulnerable.
"I did my utmost at the end".
Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) and Barguil attacked straight from the gun, the Frenchmen looking to represent their nation on Bastille Day. The red jersey would become iconic in its raw significance, touching the nerve of even the most casual viewer.
The day belonged to only one man in Barguil, who was overjoyed at beating a man who has served as his inspiration. "He'll definitely try some more", Astana manager Alexandre Vinokourov said.
Below is the full Stage 14 route, profile, and viewing information for television and online streaming in the United States. "I was patient. I made the difference on the final hill".
A panorama from the start of the 13th stage of the Tour de France, in Foix. "A few years ago I used to celebrate like him with the pistol gesture when riding in the second category in Brittany". The antitrust complaint targets marketing programs and contracts at Ohio State that promote the university using likenesses of athletes.
"Hope to continue to improve now and then can dream big next week".
Quintana complained of fatigue having raced in May's Giro d'Italia, while Contador crashed four times over the first 11 stages.
The Tour organizers wanted a tightly bound race, and they're getting one.
There are a number of possibilities for the stage and depending how the peloton feels the day could go a number of different ways. Cummings was then caught with 8 kilometers left, lining up a dramatic finale.
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