Tour de France

Stage 14) Tarbes – Tourmalet

FR France, Saturday 20 July 2019
117.5 km

Tour de France: Alaphilippe increases lead atop Tourmalet

Tour de France: Alaphilippe increases lead atop Tourmalet

Julian Alaphilippe defended his maillot jaune with panache on the demanding slopes of Col du Tourmalet (19km, 7.4%) – which served as a stage finish for just the third time in the history of the race, after 1974 and 2010 – and is now more than two minutes clear of his closest rider with one stage left before the Tour’s final rest day.

Coming off the back of his extraordinary ITT victory in Pau, Alaphilippe knew that the 117.5km-long stage from Tarbes will provide a stern test in his attempt to keep the GC lead, but Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s rider rose to the challenge and supported by a strong and motivated team, he made it over the top of the Col du Soulor – the day’s first challenge – and onto the first ramps of the Tourmalet, where the group frantically shelled riders off the back.

A composed and imperious ride on the Hors Catégorie ascent, which appeared for the 83rd time on the race, saw Julian remain with the best as the kilometers ticked down and the gradient stiffened; the 27-year-old didn’t panic not even when the tempo suddenly changed at the front and several riders tested the waters with a series of accelerations inside three kilometers to go, confidently climbing up the group and matching his opponents with the flamme rouge in sight, while showing the same grit and determination that have so far propelled him to a brace of stage victories.

Eventually, Julian came home second, just a handful of seconds behind Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), and gained valuable time on the general classification ahead of the final day in the Pyrenees: “It wasn’t easy today and you could see that everybody was suffering. I just tried to go with the best for as long as possible and seeing how I fared makes me very happy. It’s an incredible feeling to retain the maillot jaune at the end of such a tough stage, but the GC isn’t on my mind because I know there are many hurdles left along the way. Like I said also the other day, I just take it day by day and enjoy the moment.”

 

Photo credit: ©Chris Graythen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
3:10:20
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:06
3 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
,,
4 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:08
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
,,
6 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
0:14
7 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
0:30
8 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
0:36
9 Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:38
10 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
0:53
16 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:54
37 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:04
114 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:11
125 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
131 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
157 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
159 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:30
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
56:11:29
2 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
2:02
3 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:14
4 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
3:00
5 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
3:12
6 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
,,
7 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
4:24
8 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
5:22
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
5:27
10 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:38
89 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:30:33
124 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:05:07
133 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:08:17
149 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:18:35
151 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:19:51
152 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
284 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 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
112 pt
9 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
101 pt
10 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
96 pt
44 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
71 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
85 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
102 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
56:14:29
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:38
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
8:00
4 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
31:56
5 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
37:10
6 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
40:04
7 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
51:59
8 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
1:13:50
9 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
1:14:43
10 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
1:16:14
23 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:16:51
1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
64 pt
2 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
42 pt
3 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
37 pt
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33 pt
5 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
6 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
27 pt
7 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
24 pt
8 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
20 pt
9 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
20 pt
10 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
16 pt
1 Movistar Team 169:02:15
2 Trek - Segafredo 11:05
3 BORA - hansgrohe 25:10
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 27:09
5 Team INEOS 31:45
6 Groupama - FDJ 32:27
7 Mitchelton-Scott 39:02
8 UAE-Team Emirates 45:20
9 EF Education First 46:14
10 AG2R La Mondiale 52:06

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