Kiwi rider George Bennett has slipped out of the top 10 in the Tour de France's general classification after stage 13.
The Lotto NL-Jumbo rider crossed the line in 22nd place, four minutes and eight seconds behind stage winner Frenchman Warren Barguil.
Bennett now sits in 11th on the general classification, just over a minute off the 10th placed Alberto Contador.
Italian Fabio Aru has kept hold of the leader's yellow jersey, with defending champion Chris Froome six seconds back.
Meanwhile the UCI has lifted the time penalty on Bennett for grabbing a water bottle from a fan during stage 12.
A FRENCH WIN ON BASTILLE DAY
Barguil delivered a stylish victory to France on Bastille Day, winning a fast and furious truncated stage 13 where Aru had to work hard to retain his overall race lead.
Barguil rode into the finish in Foix as part of a four-man group and took the win with a final sprint after adeptly negotiating the last U-bend on a bridge over the Ariege river on Friday.
At 101 kilometres (63 miles), the stage from Saint-Girons was the shortest of the race, barring the two time-trials. With three Pyrenees climbs, it delivered exactly what Tour organizers were hoping for: Full-on racing, with the French victory as the cherry on top.
Part chess-match, part test of speed and climbing strength, Froome and his Team Sky used an array of tactics to try to regain the initiative after he lost the yellow jersey on Thursday to Aru, cracking on a savage final climb.
Sky sent Froome's teammate, Mikel Landa, racing off ahead on the first climb in a quick succession of three tough ascents. He was joined by fellow Spaniard Contador, looking to make a splash on what has otherwise has been a lackluster Tour for the two-time champion.
Together, they built a lead but were caught by Nairo Quintana, a podium finisher at three previous Tours, and by Barguil in the closing section of the last climb. From there, the foursome sped together into Foix, overlooked by its imposing 11th century castle decorated with a French tricolor of red, white and blue. There, Barguil set French hearts alight with the win.
"It's incredible," the rider for the Sunweb team said. "I said before the start it would be good if a Frenchman won. It's exceptional."
Because of its brevity, the stage was raced at relentless pace, with riders attacking from the first meters to the last. Barguil covered the distance in 2 1/2 hours, half the time of some of the Tour's longer stages with twice as much road to cover.
Quintana zoomed over the line in second place, failing to catch Barguil with his final sprint, with Contador third. By finishing in that leading pack well ahead of the likes of Aru and Froome, Landa clawed back valuable time in the overall standings, giving Sky an intriguing card to play in coming stages.
From seventh overall at the start of the stage, Landa is fifth, just 1:09 behind Aru. That means the Italian will have to watch both Sky riders, not just Froome, like a hawk in the last week of racing before the July 23 finish in Paris. If either Landa or Froome tries zooming off ahead of him, Aru will have to chase them both or risk losing his yellow jersey.
"It's perfect for us," Froome said. "Maybe we can play the same way in the coming days."
Aru stuck to Froome like glue on the stage, showing a cool head and strong legs as he rode much of the way without any teammates, who couldn't stay with the pace of his group that included Froome and the other top riders in the thrillingly close fight for the overall Tour victory.
While Sky unfurled its tactical plan, Aru suffered the blow of losing one of the strongest riders on his Astana team, Jakob Fuglsang, during the stage, the last of two in the Pyrenees. The Danish rider bravely took the stage start with fractures in his left wrist and elbow sustained in a crash earlier in the week. Struggling from the outset, he later abandoned.
Overall, Aru's lead on Froome remained unchanged at six seconds. French rider Romain Bardet was third, still 25 seconds behind.
- With AP