Warren Barguil has always been one of those riders who is far from the stereotypical superstar. He became a superstar for a moment back in 2017, when he won two stages at the Tour de France, took the polka-dot jersey as best climber and thrilled the transalpine crowd with his attacks from afar. The French were desperate for a new rider who could bring the yellow jersey back to their homeland, with Bardet and Pinot being strong, but perhaps not strong enough to oust the Froome or Quintana of those years.
Barguil was enigmatic: he had won two phenomenal stages at the Vuelta a España when he was just 21 years old, then seemed to have vanished, but in that Tour he came back and reached such high peaks that it seemed that this great talent was finally blossoming. That wasn’t the case, because Barguil hasn’t managed to reach those peaks again and, now that he’s 30 years old, it seems difficult for him to return to those glories.
But maybe he was better off this way: he never liked having expectations and pressure on his back. On the other hand, he is a normal Breton who likes to ride his bike, but he has always had many interests outside the world of cycling. Family, obviously, but also cars.