Tour de France

Stage 15) Limoux – Foix

FR France, Sunday 21 July 2019
185 km

Alaphilippe conserves Tour de France yellow jersey after Pyrenees

Alaphilippe conserves Tour de France yellow jersey after Pyrenees

On the toughest and most dramatic stage of this year’s race so far, Julian Alaphilippe struggled for the first time when it started pouring with attacks, but that didn’t discourage Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s livewire, who fought valiantly on the punishing ramps of Prat d’Albis and retained his beloved maillot jaune.

Starting from Limoux, stage 15 needed almost one hour for a breakaway to finally get green light from the peloton, who travelled at crazy speeds in the first 40 kilometers, before eventually relenting. Deceuninck – Quick-Step once again assumed responsibility, putting in a phenomenal amount of work on the first two thirds of the stage. One by one, Kasper Asgreen, Dries Devenyns, Yves Lampaert, Michael Mørkøv, Max Richeze and Elia Viviani turned themselves inside out riding in support of Julian Alaphilippe, protecting him and eroding the escapees’ gap by several minutes on Col de Montségur and Mur de Péguère.

A brace of accelerations made a selection on the double-digit gradients on Péguère, but Julian responded present and easily made it over the top of the first-category ascent, as the group hurtled down on the descent, less than three minutes behind the remnants of the break. Then, on Prat d’Albis (11.8km, 6.9%), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) was the first of the favourites to show his intentions, going clear with more than five kilometers to go.

Alaphilippe matched that attack, but when his countryman went again, he began to suffer in the driving rain which only added to the difficulty of the closing kilometers. A combination of tremendous willpower and guts helped the 27-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider soldier on and limit the losses as the race left the Pyrenes behind and prepared for the last rest day.

The first Frenchman in 34 years to spend 11 days in the maillot jaune at a single Tour de France edition, Alaphilippe possesses more than a minute and a half over the riders completing the podium at the moment and remains in high spirits: “I want to thank the team, because they did a great job to control the race and protect me. It was a very hard day, and I expected that, and my goal was to remain in the lead. I am happy I could do that and although I’m aware that the third week will be a very tough one, I just want to enjoy every moment of this great Tour. Until then, we have a rest day, and I look forward to it, to training with my teammates and seeing my family.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
4:47:04
2 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:33
3 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
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4 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:51
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
,,
6 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
1:03
7 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
1:22
8 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
,,
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
,,
10 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
1:30
11 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:49
67 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:43
104 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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108 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:59
114 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:57
158 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:29
162 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:34
164 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:26
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
61:00:22
2 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
1:35
3 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:47
4 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
1:50
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
2:02
6 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
2:14
7 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
4:54
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
5:00
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
5:27
10 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
5:33
26 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:18
88 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:54:27
124 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:30:06
131 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:34:27
149 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:47:59
151 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:48:20
158 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:50:28
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
284 pt
2 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
191 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
187 pt
4 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
184 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
117 pt
9 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
101 pt
10 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
96 pt
49 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
75 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
91 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
105 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
61:02:24
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
12:29
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:16
4 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
45:26
5 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
49:16
6 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
50:55
7 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
1:16:26
8 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
1:17:56
9 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
1:35:29
10 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
1:37:29
23 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:45:57
1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
64 pt
2 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
50 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 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
29 pt
7 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
27 pt
8 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
24 pt
9 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
24 pt
10 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
20 pt
1 Movistar Team 183:28:20
2 Trek - Segafredo 30:45
3 Team INEOS 30:54
4 Groupama - FDJ 36:22
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 49:41
6 BORA - hansgrohe 59:38
7 EF Education First 59:46
8 Mitchelton-Scott 1:05:03
9 AG2R La Mondiale 1:08:06
10 Astana Pro Team 1:14:04

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