Frenchman Warren Barguil won his second stage of the Tour de France on the imposing Col d’Izoard on Thursday as compatriot Romain Bardet snatched back four seconds from overall leader Chris Froome.
Italian Aru won the 160.5km stage that finished on the La Planche des Belles Filles climb. Froome came home third behind Ireland’s Dan Martin in second, and took over the yellow jersey from Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas.
World champion Peter Sagan was kicked out of the Tour de France on Tuesday after sending Mark Cavendish crashing in a hectic finale to the fourth stage, sending shockwaves through the three-week cycling extravaganza.
The 2019 Tour de France will start in Brussels in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first of Eddy Merckx’s five victories, organisers said Tuesday.
Defending champion Chris Froome retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the Tour de France after an incident involving a motorbike left him without a bike in a chaotic finale of the 12th stage on Thursday.
British cyclist Mark Cavendish can finally wear the yellow jersey after taking the opening stage of the 2016 Tour de France on Saturday.
Saturday’s “Grand Depart” takes place at the picturesque tourist resort of Mont Saint-Michel, before finishing 188km later at Utah Beach, made famous as one of the main sites of the Normandy Landings during World War II.