Tour de France: Alaphilippe shows panache on La Planche des Belles Filles

Tour de France: Alaphilippe shows panache on La Planche des Belles Filles

Thursday 11 July 2019 - 19:51

The 27-year-old moves down to second overall after the race’s first summit finish.

For the fourth time in the last eight Tour de France editions, La Planche des Belles Billes made an appearance on the race, but at this most recent visit, there was a catch: the climb was one kilometer longer than in the past and featured a gruelling dirt road sector boasting 20% gradients beyond the red kite.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step were prominent again, posting Kasper Asgreen, Yves Lampaert and Maximiliano Richeze at the front of the peloton once 14 men got away in the opening kilometers of the relatively short stage that was crammed with seven classified climbs: Le Markstein, Grand Ballon, Col du Hundsruck, Ballon d’Alsace (the stage’s high point), Col des Croix, Col des Chevrères and La Planche des Belles Filles.

The gap between the bunch and the escapees was shrunk on the penultimate ascent, as the yellow jersey group began spatting riders out the back, but the remnants of the break continue to hold a solid buffer and ended up playing out the victory between them, with Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) outpowering Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo).

On the ridiculously steep ramp to the finish line, Alaphilippe launched a valiant last-ditch explosive attack, getting out of the saddle and immediately dropping all the other riders as he tried to keep the yellow jersey on his shoulders. Julian’s never-say-die-attitude was on display until the final meters of this punishing climb, but not even the double-digit gradients could prevent him from honouring the maillot jaune and showing his amazing class.

Despite throwing in everything he had and racing with inimitable panache in that never-ending last kilometer, the GC leader was forced to concede the prestigious garment to Ciccone, who picked up bonifications during and at the finish of the stage, and now finds himself six seconds down after three glittering days in the maillot jaune.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
4:29:03
2 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
0:11
3 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
1:05
4 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
1:44
5 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
1:46
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
1:51
8 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
1:53
10 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
,,
18 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:17
142 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:23
154 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:58
161 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:27
165 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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166 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:42
171 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:21
1 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
23:14:55
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:06
3 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
0:32
4 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:47
5 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
0:49
6 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:53
7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:58
8 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:04
9 Michael Woods
EF Education First
1:13
10 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
1:15
13 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:23
92 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34:43
121 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:46
135 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
51:05
161 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
57:08
170 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
58:51
171 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
59:36
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
144 pt
2 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
98 pt
3 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
92 pt
4 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
88 pt
5 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
75 pt
6 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
64 pt
7 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
62 pt
8 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
48 pt
9 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
47 pt
10 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
46 pt
35 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
45 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
76 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
23:14:55
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:53
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:23
4 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:52
5 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
13:20
6 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
16:11
7 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
16:45
8 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
16:53
9 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
17:53
10 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
19:41
26 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
57:08
1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
43 pt
2 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
3 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
27 pt
4 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
13 pt
5 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
13 pt
6 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
9 pt
7 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
8 pt
8 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
4 pt
9 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
4 pt
10 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
2 pt
11 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Trek - Segafredo 70:19:27
2 Movistar Team 1:39
3 Groupama - FDJ 2:04
4 EF Education First 4:26
5 Team INEOS 7:46
6 Team Jumbo-Visma 8:31
7 Bahrain Merida 10:20
8 UAE-Team Emirates 11:03
9 Astana Pro Team 11:40
10 AG2R La Mondiale 13:28

Top results

1 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
4:29:03
2 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
0:11
3 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
1:05
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