Overview

Colombia 2.1

Stage 5) La Union - La Union

CO Colombia, Saturday 16 February 2019
176.8 km

Phenomenal Alaphilippe scores major coup at the Tour Colombia

Phenomenal Alaphilippe scores major coup at the Tour Colombia

Julian Alaphilippe savoured his third victory of the year, and Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s fourth in three days, at the end of the hardest Tour Colombia stage so far, which took the riders over a mountainous 177.2km-long course around La Union, packing five classified climbs, more than 2 000 vertical meters and a finish at 2 519 meters, enough to make an important selection in the peloton and bring significant changes to the overall standings.

The day started with Bob Jungels in the orange jersey, which the Luxembourger donned after powering to a solo win on the previous stage, and continued with his French teammate booking a place in a strong breakaway group which contained several riders that posed a serious threat to the general classification. After the first intermediate sprint, which Julian won, the leaders nudged out their advantage to three minutes, and even though the fierce tempo of the peloton eroded it to a minute by the time the escapees entered on the final lap, they victory played between those at the front.

Before the road went up one more time and the riders faced again the 5% average gradient of the 7.4km-long Alto La Union, Alaphilippe accelerated off the front together with Ivan Sosa (Team Sky) and built a ten-second gap over what was left of the escapees’ group. On the toughest segment of the climb, the Colombian got out of the saddle and gained several bike lengths, while an attack from behind saw Daniel Martinez (EF Education First) join him.

Julian didn’t panic and rode his own pace, always dangling around 15 seconds behind the newly-formed duo. Together with Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), the 26-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider began to make up ground on the fast descent and came back to the duo inside the last kilometer. Despite leading out the sprint, Alaphilippe remained cool as a cucumber and expertly navigated through the final corners, before kicking out with 200 meters to go, on a short uphill drag.

As the confetti rained down, Julian triumphantly punched the air to celebrate another victory which confirmed his good early-season form, that so far has netted three wins and three other podiums in less than two weeks of racing.

“I am very happy! Coming here, my goal was to win a stage and I am delighted I could bring another one for the team after those of Alvaro and Bob. It was a very hard day, but we knew it was going to be like this, so that’s why I jumped in the breakaway, where we rode full gas despite many having tired legs after what has been a tough week of racing here”, Julian said following the thrilling stage 5 finale.

Just like last year, his victory at the Tour Colombia took Alaphilippe to the top of the general classification, where teammate Bob Jungels sits in fifth place, but despite having the orange jersey on his shoulders, the Frenchman insisted the overall isn’t a priority: “Today, I won with my head and heart after a great effort and I want to enjoy this beautiful moment. I have a few seconds over the next riders in the standings, but I’m not thinking of this now. We’ll see tomorrow what the race will bring and how things will unfold.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:16:44
2 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
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3 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Movistar Team
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4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
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5 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team Sky
0:06
6 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:42
7 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
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8 Alejandro Osorio Carbajal
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
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9 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
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10 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
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42 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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83 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:10
84 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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85 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:40:46
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
0:08
3 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:23
4 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team Sky
0:29
5 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:53
6 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Movistar Team
0:55
7 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
0:57
8 Lawson Craddock
EF Education First
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9 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
1:05
10 Óscar Sevilla Ribera
Medellin
1:27
87 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:42
88 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:55
96 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:11
108 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42:50
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40 pt
2 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
28 pt
3 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides
UAE-Team Emirates
25 pt
4 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
5 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
6 Diego Antonio Ochoa Camargo
Manzana Postobon
16 pt
7 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
15 pt
8 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
14 pt
9 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Movistar Team
13 pt
10 Óscar Sevilla Ribera
Medellin
10 pt
16 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
14:40:54
2 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:15
3 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team Sky
0:21
4 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
0:57
5 Rodrigo Contreras
Astana Pro Team
1:20
6 Óscar Adalberto Quiroz Ayala
Coldeportas Bicicletas Strongman
1:41
7 Alejandro Osorio Carbajal
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
1:50
8 Jefferson Cepeda Hernandez
Ecuador
2:10
9 Harold Tejada Canacue
Medellin
2:12
10 Miguel Eduardo Flórez
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
2:24
31 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:34
1 Julio Alexis Camacho Bernal
Coldeportes Zenu
12 pt
2 Óscar Adalberto Quiroz Ayala
Coldeportas Bicicletas Strongman
7 pt
3 William David Muñoz Pérez
Coldeportas Bicicletas Strongman
6 pt
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
6 pt
5 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
6 pt
6 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team Sky
5 pt
7 Jose Tito Hernandez
Orgullo Paisa
4 pt
8 Fabio Duarte Arevalo
Medellin
4 pt
9 Óscar Sevilla Ribera
Medellin
3 pt
10 Diego Antonio Ochoa Camargo
Manzana Postobon
3 pt
13 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 EF Education First 30:42:41
2 Team Sky 0:10
3 Astana Pro Team 0:22
4 Medellin 0:40
5 Movistar Team 0:44
6 EPM 0:52
7 Coldeportas Bicicletas Strongman 0:53
8 Manzana Postobon 0:54
9 Coldeportes Zenu 1:03
10 Orgullo Paisa 1:05

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