Barguil: This Season Has Been Rubbish

Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic)

"Rubbish." Warren Barguil ( Fortuneo-Samsic ) makes no attempt to soften his assessment of his 2018 season so far. "It's just been rubbish, right from the beginning – not what I'd hoped for at all." After starting out with minor placings in a trio of small French races, he only managed 17th at Paris-Nice and 14th at the Volta a Catalunya. A spell of one-day racing followed, but he was unable to make an impact, least of all in the Ardennes Classics. Such results might have gone relatively unnoticed 12 months ago, but Barguil’s storming success at last year’s Tour de France – where he won two stages, was king of the mountains, and finished 10th overall – and his contract-breaking move from WorldTour-level Team Sunweb to the second-division Fortuneo-Samsic amount to a considerable weight of expectation and scrutiny. Barguil hasn’t been injured and – barring a bacterial infection in ...

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