Tour de France

Stage 12) Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre

FR France, Thursday 18 July 2019
209.5 km

Alaphilippe carries Tour de France yellow jersey into Pau ITT

Alaphilippe carries Tour de France yellow jersey into Pau ITT

Julian Alaphilippe passed without any difficulties the second mountain test of the Tour de France, which took the peloton into the Pyrenees for a 206.9km stage between Toulouse and Bagnères-de-Bigorre, featuring two first-category climbs: Col de Peyresourde (13.2, 7%) and Horquette d’Ancizan (9.9km, 7.5%).

A rapid start to proceedings had the bunch travel at 50.6km/h in the first hour before a breakaway finally established. Deceuninck – Quick-Step took up the pace-setting duties, working tirelessly behind the 42 men in the front for Alaphilippe. Elia Viviani – who repaid the favour after the yellow jersey contributed to his lead-out train on stage 4 to Nancy – Yves Lampaert and Maximiliano Richeze were the ones maintaining a steady pace in the bunch on the flat first part of the day, which took the race to the foot of the Peyresourde.

Featuring for the 66th time on the route, the climb first used in 1910 split the huge group up the road, leaving around 15 riders in the lead. Part of the original breakaway, Michael Mørkøv was dropped when the big attacks came close to the summit, but still had enough to take over from countryman Kasper Asgreen and relay in the valley after being caught.

Things remained calm also on Horquette d’Ancizan, which the field topped with 30 kilometers remaining, before starting a long descent to Bagnères-de-Bigorre, where they arrived around nine minutes behind winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who outsprinted his breakaway companions.

By keeping the overall lead after the race’s first foray into the Pyrenees, UCI World Individual Classification leader Julian Alaphilippe wrote a remarkable page of history at the Tour de France, as he’ll now get to wear the yellow jersey during the stage 13 individual time trial around Pau, on the day the race celebrates 100 years since the prized garment was introduced, ahead of a road stage starting from Grenoble.

“It’s historic to wear the yellow jersey on its 100ath anniversary and on Friday it will be a very special moment for me. As a Frenchman, to sport the maillot jaune in an individual time trial will be one of the most beautiful moments of my entire career. Having the yellow jersey tomorrow motivates me to hurt myself even more than usual and you can be sure that I will push my limits while enjoying every single minute of it”, an emotional Julian said after receiving his eighth maillot jaune since the start of the race.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
4:57:53
2 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Astana Pro Team
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3 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
1:28
5 Fabio Felline
Trek - Segafredo
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6 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
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7 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
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8 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
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9 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
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10 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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31 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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32 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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35 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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96 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:58
153 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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155 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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158 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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159 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
52:26:09
2 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
1:12
3 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
1:16
4 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:27
5 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:45
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:46
7 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
1:47
8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
2:04
9 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
2:09
10 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
2:33
96 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:14:19
126 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:37:01
132 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:38:52
148 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:48:01
152 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:49:44
161 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:54:41
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
75 pt
42 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
61 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
52:27:25
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:30
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
3:16
4 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
13:19
5 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
23:59
6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
25:12
7 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
27:43
8 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
32:48
9 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
48:02
10 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
49:05
27 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:53:25
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 157:27:18
2 AG2R La Mondiale 9:19
3 Movistar Team 10:22
4 BORA - hansgrohe 12:01
5 Mitchelton-Scott 12:47
6 UAE-Team Emirates 30:10
7 Groupama - FDJ 33:48
8 Team Jumbo-Visma 33:58
9 EF Education First 35:01
10 Team INEOS 40:37

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