Before today’s start in Valls, the race paid tribute to Xavier Tondo. The Movistar climber, who was born in the town, was killed when he was accidentally crushed by his garage door while preparing for a training ride in May 2011. He was just 32.
Stage 13: Valls to Castelldefels, 169km
It was a glorious day for Argos-Shimano neo-pro Warren Barguil, who took his first professional victory and immediately asserted himself as the new darling of French cycling. He escaped from a strong ten-man breakaway to take a solo victory, while Vincenzo Nibali held on to the leader’s jersey.
We all love it when the day’s breakaway succeeds to fight it out at the finish, don’t we? Not least because it’s often a rare opportunity for one of the lesser-known names in the peloton to grab their moment with both hands and taste the kind of glory that can launch a burgeoning career or add a full stop to a veteran’s palmares. Stage 13 winner Warren Barguil falls very much into the former category.