Tour de France

Stage 8) Mâcon – Saint-Étienne

FR France, Saturday 13 July 2019
200 km

Tour de France: Alaphilippe back in yellow

Tour de France: Alaphilippe back in yellow

Julian Alaphilippe enhanced his burgeoning reputation as one of the peloton’s most spectacular riders with a display of strength and class on the tough stage 8 of the Grande Boucle (Mâcon – Saint-Étienne, 200 kilometers), which took in seven classified climbs and some 3800 vertical meters as the peloton travelled south for the first leg of a double whammy in the Massif Central.

“I had nothing to lose, I felt good and I attacked. The goal was to take back the yellow jersey and having achieved that gives me a huge satisfaction. Wearing the maillot jaune for three days was incredible, but having it on my shoulders on our National Day will be really special and pretty amazing”, said Alaphilippe, who became just the third French rider this century to wear the maillot jaune on July 14.

Second in the overall standings at the start of the day, just six seconds off the lead, Julian pounced on the 14% gradients of Côte de La Jaillère, dropping everyone bar Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and collecting five bonus seconds. The duo opened in an instant a ten-second gap over the peloton and set off in pursuit of lone leader Thomas De Gendt (Soudal-Lotto), the last survivor of the breakaway. Several teams led the chase behind, but Alaphilippe and Pinot worked well together, leaving everything out there on the roads to Saint-Étienne, a stage finish for the 26th time in history.

Julian used a small unclassified ascent near the finish to produce another enormous acceleration and further increase the advantage together with his countryman, before concluding third for the team’s fourth podium on the race’s opening week. The new hero of the French public, Julian gained enough of a buffer over the thinned-out bunch to move back to the top of the general classification and ensure a fourth day in the coveted yellow jersey, a performance not seen from a home rider in the last eight years.

Alaphilippe’s perfectly-timed move and his performance oozed panache and earned him plaudits at the end of the day as he took to the podium to receive the prized maillot jaune in the applause of the fans gathered at the finish in Saint-Étienne: “It was a truly magnificent finale! I was focused all day and stayed near the front of the bunch, and when I felt it was the moment to go, I attacked. Thibaut bridged across and it was good to have him there, as we both had something to gain from this. We didn’t ask any questions, just kept on pushing and riding full gas. I’m sure the French public appreciated this action. Now I look forward to sporting the jersey on Sunday and honouring it again!”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
5:00:17
2 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:06
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
0:26
5 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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6 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
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7 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
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8 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
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9 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
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10 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
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22 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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109 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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132 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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147 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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160 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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163 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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166 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34:17:59
2 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
0:23
3 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:53
4 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:10
5 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
1:12
6 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
1:16
7 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:27
8 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
1:38
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
1:42
10 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:45
11 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:46
98 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
56:43
125 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:12:15
137 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:17:34
163 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:25:20
165 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:26:05
168 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:26:50
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
204 pt
2 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
144 pt
3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
129 pt
4 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
128 pt
5 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
90 pt
6 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
81 pt
7 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
76 pt
8 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
69 pt
9 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
69 pt
10 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
66 pt
34 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19 pt
46 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
81 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
34:18:22
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 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
20:09
6 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
23:37
7 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
25:58
8 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
31:13
9 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
31:20
10 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
35:57
28 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:26:27
1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
43 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 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
13 pt
6 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
13 pt
7 Ben King
Team Dimension Data
13 pt
8 Alessandro De Marchi
CCC Team
12 pt
9 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
9 pt
10 Niki Terpstra
Team Total Direct Energie
5 pt
14 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Trek - Segafredo 103:29:48
2 Movistar Team 1:39
3 Groupama - FDJ 1:44
4 UAE-Team Emirates 11:03
5 Team INEOS 12:33
6 BORA - hansgrohe 13:42
7 EF Education First ,,
8 Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
9 Astana Pro Team 16:59
10 Mitchelton-Scott 17:31

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