TOUR HIGH

Procycling - - Le Tour -

Bar­guil will for­ever hold the hon­our of be­ing the irst rider to win a Tour stage on the sum­mit of the Col d’Izoard. It was, he says, a vic­tory he had been planning for months. “When I was train­ing ear­lier that year on the Izoard, I re­alised I was on the hard­est part of the as­cent, and I de­lib­er­ately stopped there to re ill my bot­tles at a road­side foun­tain,” Bar­guil says. “I looked up and down at the cor­ners above and be­low me on the climb, and I de­cided which one I would at­tack on. And then, in the Tour, I did.” Bar­guil had al­ready won one Tour stage that year, at Foix, on Bastille Day to boot. He was as­sured of tak­ing home the polka dot jersey, pro­vided he in­ished in Paris. Bar­guil not only be­come the Tour’s irst win­ner on one of its most em­blem­atic climbs, he be­came the irst King of the Moun­tains leader to cap­ture two moun­tain stages since Luis Her­rera did so in 1985, six years be­fore the Bre­ton was born. “It was the most beau­ti­ful stage I have ever won,” Bar­guil says. “I knew it would work.”

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