Tour of Spain: Warren Barguil excluded by his team Sunweb for indiscipline
The French rider did not wait for his leader during the stage of Friday.
Frenchman Warren Barguil excluded by his team for indiscipline this Saturday by his team Sunweb Tour of Spain, the Vuelta. She criticizes him for not following the strategy decided by its leaders, announces the German formation.
Barguil, 25, 13th overall, “openly admitted that he did not run according to the team’s goals,” Sunweb said in a statement. At the 7th stage on Friday, Barguil had not gone down to help his Dutchman Wilco Kelderman, who suffered a puncture in the final and drove away from the favorites. Kelderman, 14th overall before Barguil’s exclusion, lost 17 seconds due to the incident, as did Dutch young climber Sam Oommen (15th overall).
“I was looking forward to the mountain offensive”
“I do not understand,” responded the Frenchman, questioned by reporters at his hotel. According to him, his attitude on Friday did not amount to a serious misconduct liable to exclusion. “I have to leave the Vuelta on the team’s decision. I felt very good and I had good legs, “said Barguil, quoted in the statement of Sunweb. “I saw myself in a different role and was looking forward to being able to go on the mountain offensive, as I did on the Tour. La Vuelta is a great race and it is disappointing to have to leave it but I have to accept the decision of the team, “he said.
It was a stunt for Barguil who was aiming for a stage victory over the Spanish event where he proved himself in 2013 with two successes. This exclusion comes as “Wawa” has just announced that he is leaving Sunweb this winter to join the French team Fortuneo. The German team nevertheless ensured that the French will normally dispute the continuation of its program of end of the season.