Tour de France: Alaphilippe in yellow after Nice victory

Tour de France: Alaphilippe in yellow after Nice victory

Sunday 30 August 2020 - 18:35

Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Frenchman took an emotional win after a nail-biting stage 2 finish.

A magnificent display helped Julian Alaphilippe continue to build upon his extraordinary legacy, as he took a fifth stage victory at the Tour de France, moving into the race’s overall lead on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais. Just like last year, when a superb attack on the roads of Marne netted him an emphatic win and the iconic yellow jersey, Alaphilippe made his move on the final climb of the day, some 13 kilometers from the finish.

Up until that moment, Deceuninck – Quick-Step was prominent with Danish Champion Kasper Asgreen, who spent almost the entire day in the breakaway, and Dries Devenyns and Bob Jungels, who set a steady tempo at the front of the bunch, making sure no one attacked, on Col d’Èze and Col de Quatre Chemines, respectively.

On this last climb, which suited him to the tee, Alaphilippe attacked hard and danced away from the reduced field, before being joined by Marc Hirschi (Sunweb). Together, they opened a ten-second lead over the GC favourites’ group, from where Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) zipped clear and bridged across, one kilometer from the top.

Then, on the fast descent to Nice, the trio extended their lead to 20 seconds, but soon a cat and mouse game began, which allowed the bunch to claw back time and close the gap to a mere five seconds with the finish line in sight. Sensing the threat behind, Julian launched the sprint down the left-side of the road, blasted past the Brit and with a perfectly-timed bike throw over the line edged out Hirschi, capturing his first victory of the year, before pointing to the sky, in memory of his father, who passed away in June.

“I wanted so much to get a stage victory for my late father. This was my main goal coming into the race. Everything that comes from now on is a bonus, but I wanted this victory for him and knowing that I got it makes me so happy”, an emotional Julian said after the finish. “I wanted so much to get a stage victory for my late father. This was my main goal coming into the race. Everything that comes from now on is a bonus, but I wanted this victory for him and knowing that I got it makes me so happy”, an emotional Julian said after the finish.

The 28-year-old Frenchman, who now has six Grand Tour stage wins to his name, the latest of which confirmed the amazing power to astonish he possesses, was quick to praise his team’s role in Sunday’s triumph: “Having Kasper in the breakaway put us in the perfect position, as we could wait for the final climb. Then Dries pushed a steady tempo on Col d’Èze, before Bob took over on Quatre Chemines. This incredible effort of my team was instrumental in the victory I got.”

After scoring Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 40th Tour de France stage victory and taking the 15th yellow jersey of his career, Alaphilippe – who became the first Frenchman in 29 years to hold the overall lead in consecutive editions – insisted that the general classification isn’t his goal at this edition: “Winning in the Tour always feels special. It’s true that this is my fifth victory, but it always is a different feeling. It means a lot to win here and to be in yellow. Le Tour is the biggest race in the world and wearing this prestigious jersey is always an honour. I’m not here for the overall, but we’ll try to respect the maillot jaune and defend it for as long as possible. I can tell you I will enjoy every single moment I’ll spend with it on my shoulders.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:55:27
2 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
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3 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:01
4 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
0:02
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
,,
6 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
,,
7 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
,,
8 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
,,
9 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
10 Alberto Bettiol
EF Pro Cycling
,,
60 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
79 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:33
80 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:45
104 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
133 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
149 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
168 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:41:35
2 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:04
3 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
0:07
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
0:17
5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
,,
6 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
,,
7 Davide Formolo
UAE-Team Emirates
,,
8 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
,,
9 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
,,
10 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
,,
60 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
79 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:48
85 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
98 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
138 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
145 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
149 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
64 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
46 pt
3 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
36 pt
4 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35 pt
5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
6 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
7 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
25 pt
8 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
22 pt
9 Bryan Coquard
22 pt
10 Michael Schär
CCC Team
20 pt
23 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
35 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
8:41:42
2 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
0:10
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
,,
4 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
,,
5 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
,,
6 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
2:17
7 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
3:46
8 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
4:33
9 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
8:49
10 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
10:27
13 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
21 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
18 pt
2 Anthony Perez
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
18 pt
3 Michael Gogl
NTT Pro Cycling
12 pt
4 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
6 pt
5 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
6 Nicolas Roche
Team Sunweb
5 pt
7 Robert Gesink
Team Jumbo-Visma
3 pt
8 Michael Schär
CCC Team
2 pt
9 Fabien Grellier
Team Total Direct Energie
2 pt
10 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
2 pt
1 Trek - Segafredo 26:05:36
2 EF Pro Cycling ,,
3 Astana Pro Team ,,
4 Bahrain - McLaren ,,
5 INEOS Grenadiers 1:02
6 Movistar Team 1:10
7 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:14
8 UAE-Team Emirates 2:07
9 Groupama - FDJ ,,
10 AG2R La Mondiale 3:36

Top results

1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:55:27
2 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
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3 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:01
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