Alaphilippe lights up the last mountain stage of Le Tour

Alaphilippe lights up the last mountain stage of Le Tour

Thursday 15 July 2021 - 18:38
Alaphilippe lights up the last mountain stage of Le Tour

Alaphilippe lights up the last mountain stage of Le Tour

Thursday 15 July 2021 - 18:38

Mark Cavendish beats the time limit with the help of an incredible team.

Col du Tourmalet, tackled by the race for a record 88th time, and Luz Ardiden – making its comeback after a ten-year hiatus – were the last major difficulties of the Tour de France, and World Champion Julian Alaphilippe was keen as the bunch rolled out from Pau on delivering one of his trademark offensive rides and showcasing the rainbow jersey.

A trio went up the road soon after the start, and Julian kicked off a frantic and admirable chase on Côte de Notre-Dame de Piétat, which ended with him joining the leaders with 97 kilometers to go. As soon as he bridged across, the 29-year-old Frenchman moved to the front of the group to help it expand its margin over the field to a maximum of two minutes. First over the top of Côte de Loucrup and through the intermediate sprint in Pouzac, Alaphilippe continued to put in the same relentless pace in the breakaway even as the Col du Tourmalet started and the group began fragmenting.

An injection of pace at the front of the field reduced the yellow jersey group on the steepest part of the mythical climb, but at the same time reduced the escapees’ gap, who were then caught some three kilometers from the top. Despite missing out on the chance of fighting for the Souvenir Jacques Goddet, awarded to the first rider at the summit, and for the stage win, Alaphilippe was still content with the effort he put in at the end of the day.

“I knew it was one final chance for a proper breakaway, so I attacked and gave everything. I did my best while up the road, but the peloton had different plans today and rode full gas behind us. I missed a bit on the Tourmalet, but despite this and being reeled in with three kilometers left until the top, I have no regrets. I enjoyed being again in the break and showing this beautiful jersey”, explained the World Champion.

After getting involved at the intermediate sprint, where he increased his margin in the green jersey classification to 38 points, Mark Cavendish was surrounded by his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates, who once again made sure of shepherding him up the last mountains of this edition and bringing him safely home and one step closer to Paris.

“I could feel the hard stage in the legs before the Tourmalet. We had some short but stinging classified climbs where the attacks made it quite difficult, then the intermediate sprint where I spent some energy. Tourmalet is the climb that I despise the most at the Tour, it’s just terrible. I’ve done it ten times at the Tour de France and every time it was the same.  I am so grateful to the guys for being at my side on this tough day. At the finish I got a bit emotional because my teammates helped me through so much at this Tour de France. I can’t tell you how proud and happy I am to be on this team”, said the 36-year-old.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
3:33:45
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:02
3 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:02
4 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:13
5 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:24
6 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:30
7 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
0:33
8 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:34
9 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
0:34
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:40
24 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:45
78 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:54
123 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:36
140 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:06
141 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:06
142 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:06
143 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:06
144 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:06
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
75:00:02
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
5:45
3 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
5:51
4 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
8:18
5 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
8:50
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
10:11
7 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana - Premier Tech
11:22
8 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
12:46
9 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
13:48
10 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education - Nippo
16:25
12 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:36
30 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:38:29
66 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:43:38
122 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:49:53
138 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:17:44
141 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:30:00
142 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:31:03
144 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:53:15
1 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
298 pt
2 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
260 pt
3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
208 pt
4 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
184 pt
5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
155 pt
6 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
146 pt
7 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
112 pt
8 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
101 pt
9 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
98 pt
10 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
88 pt
14 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
68 pt
24 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
51 pt
31 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45 pt
78 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
107 pt
2 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
88 pt
3 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
82 pt
4 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
72 pt
5 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
68 pt
6 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
66 pt
7 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
56 pt
8 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
44 pt
9 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
41 pt
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
41 pt
17 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
20 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
44 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
75:00:02
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
5:45
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
18:42
4 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
37:21
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
1:03:01
6 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
2:08:44
7 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
2:11:10
8 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
2:12:14
9 Jonas Rutsch
EF Education - Nippo
2:44:49
10 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
2:50:15
1 Bahrain - Victorious 225:42:33
2 EF Education - Nippo 40:30
3 INEOS Grenadiers 1:09:16
4 AG2R Citroën Team 1:09:51
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:14:30
6 BORA - hansgrohe 1:33:09
7 Movistar Team 1:40:32
8 Astana - Premier Tech 2:00:57
9 UAE-Team Emirates 2:22:07
10 Trek - Segafredo 2:22:25

Top results

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
3:33:45
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:02
3 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:02
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