Tour de France: Stellar Alaphilippe conquers Pau time trial

Tour de France: Stellar Alaphilippe conquers Pau time trial

Friday 19 July 2019 - 18:24

Our rider became the first Frenchman in three decades to win a stage clad in the yellow jersey.

Julian Alaphilippe retained his amazing power to astonish and notched up a monumental individual time trial victory in Pau, which hosted a stage against the clock for just the third time in the history of the Grande Boucle, after 1939 and 1981.

“It’s incredible, I can’t tell you how happy I am! I knew I could do a good ride on this course, but I didn’t think I could win. The first part suited me and so I rode full gas, but I surprised myself in the second part. I pushed my limits and with the help of the public I gave everything until the line. I can’t believe it”, an over the moon Julian told the media after celebrating his 12th victory of the season with the team and strengthening his grip on the race lead.

Last rider down the ramp in Pau, one of the most visited towns in Tour de France history, Alaphilippe enjoyed a flying start and sailed across the first hilly section of the stage, setting the fastest result at the Cériset checkpoint. A man on a mission, the yellow jersey continued to blitz the tough and technical course and have best the reference time at the next two splits, arriving at the finish in a superb time of 35 minutes, which ensured not just another win, but also a ninth day at the top of the standings.

His second stage victory at this year’s Tour de France helped Julian extend his buffer in the GC to nearly one minute and a half ahead of Saturday’s stage to Tourmalet, one of the most iconic climbs in cycling. Despite this, the 27-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider – first Frenchman in almost two decades to triumph in a time trial at the Grande Boucle – although nothing short of effusive, reiterated that the general classification isn’t a goal for him.

“I am happy that I am still in yellow! Every day is a bonus and to wear this legendary jersey on its 100th birthday is fantastic! I knew the course and was focused on myself and on what I had to do today, while being supported by this superb crowds. I came very motivated to the start, but I never imagined that I could win here”, Julian explained at the press conference. “Now the plan is to take it day after day and see how things go. On Saturday we have a very hard summit finish on the Tourmalet and I will give it my all to stay in the main group for as long as possible, but I want to stress out that our GC rider remains Enric, who did a great time trial today, for which I congratulate him.”

Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s perfect day in Pau was rounded out by Tour de France debutants Kasper Asgreen and Enric Mas, both top 10 finishers in the stage on the back of a truly impressive ride against the clock. In addition to that, 24-year-old Enric moved up to fourth overall and into the prestigious yellow jersey, becoming the first Spaniard since 2007 to lead the best young rider standings.

“This result makes me very happy! It’s special to have the white jersey, which I will try to defend for as long as possible, and be up there in the general classification, but my objective hasn’t changed: I want to be in the top 10 in Paris. It’s just beautiful to have both yellow and white on the team and we hope to continue enjoying many more spectacular moments”, Mas said after Friday’s stage.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:00
2 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
0:14
3 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
0:36
4 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
,,
5 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
0:45
6 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
,,
7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:49
8 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:52
9 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:58
10 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
1:01
55 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
91 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:07
95 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:10
99 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:20
108 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:27
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
53:01:09
2 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
1:26
3 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:12
4 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:44
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
2:52
6 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
3:04
7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
3:22
8 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
3:54
9 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
3:55
10 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
,,
99 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
125 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:41:08
127 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
146 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:52:21
150 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:54:11
156 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:55:33
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
277 pt
2 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
191 pt
3 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
184 pt
4 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
167 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
148 pt
6 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
132 pt
7 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
118 pt
8 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
101 pt
9 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
96 pt
10 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
95 pt
41 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
63 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
77 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
95 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
53:03:53
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:08
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
5:50
4 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
17:07
5 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
27:41
6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
29:25
7 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
30:53
8 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
36:00
9 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
49:42
10 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
50:57
25 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:52:49
1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
54 pt
2 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
37 pt
3 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
4 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
27 pt
5 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
20 pt
6 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
16 pt
7 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
13 pt
8 Serge Pauwels
CCC Team
13 pt
9 Ben King
Team Dimension Data
13 pt
10 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
10 pt
22 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Trek - Segafredo 59:16:27
2 Movistar Team 10:12
3 AG2R La Mondiale 13:56
4 BORA - hansgrohe 14:32
5 Mitchelton-Scott 18:58
6 UAE-Team Emirates 33:49
7 Groupama - FDJ 34:50
8 EF Education First 35:25
9 Team Jumbo-Visma 39:34
10 Team INEOS 41:39

Top results

1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:00
2 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
0:14
3 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
0:36
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