Tour de France

Stage 18) Embrun – Valloire

FR France, Thursday 25 July 2019
208 km

Tour de France: Heroic Alaphilippe defends yellow on first day in the Alps

Tour de France: Heroic Alaphilippe defends yellow on first day in the Alps

The main story of this year’s Tour de France, Julian Alaphilippe showed once again why he’s the embodiment of panache and resilience, this time on a stage containing the mythical Col d’Izoard and Col du Galibier, as well as 5200 vertical meters, a combination of factors that made for another stressful and wearing day.

Not just Julian, but also the entire Deceuninck – Quick-Step team rose to the occasion, relentlessly working at the helm of the bunch and keeping an eye on the breakaway until the tough Col de Vars, where a change of pace whittled down the peloton, leaving under 30 riders in the main group. The yellow jersey had Enric Mas with him, and the Spaniard’s presence turned out to be instrumental when Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) attacked more than two kilometers from the top of the Galibier.

Mas dully moved to the front of the reduced group and paced Alaphilippe, keeping the Colombian’s gap in check until a new series of attacks came thick and fast, and the status quo went up in smokes. Distanced and under pressure, Julian remained composed and once he crested the summit, he put in a daredevil descent, going full gas into the switchbacks and making contact with the group, thus nullifying the 20-second gap the others had opened.

Despite the fact that Bernal finished half a minute clear of the chasers, Julian – who led the chasers on the downhill – easily retained his yellow jersey in Valloir, just as heavy rain was beginning to make the descent complicated, and will wear the iconic garment for the 14th time on Friday, a beautiful reward for the determination and guts showcased on the first Alpine test.

“First and foremost, I have to thank my team, because they were amazing and did a great job protecting me. I knew it was going to be hard today and that there was a chance of losing everything, but I stayed calm and then, on the descent, I just pushed myself and took some risks, knowing that it was my chance to get back. At the end of the day, I’m very happy that I kept the maillot jaune”, said the leader of the UCI Individual Classification.

 

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Race details

1 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
5:34:15
2 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
1:35
3 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
2:28
4 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
2:58
5 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain Merida
3:00
6 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
4:46
7 Michael Woods
EF Education First
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8 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
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9 Serge Pauwels
CCC Team
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10 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
5:18
14 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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26 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:57
72 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:07
131 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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139 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:41
140 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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153 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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156 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42:02
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
75:18:49
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
1:30
3 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
1:35
4 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:47
5 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
1:50
6 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
2:14
7 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
3:54
8 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
4:54
9 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
5:33
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
5:58
28 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
49:41
94 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:24:58
121 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:59:45
129 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:09:14
132 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:11:24
142 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:23:12
153 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:34:59
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
309 pt
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
224 pt
3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
203 pt
4 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
201 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
198 pt
6 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
180 pt
7 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
157 pt
8 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
149 pt
9 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
119 pt
10 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
116 pt
41 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
42 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
79 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
100 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
75:20:19
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
17:07
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
48:11
4 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
56:56
5 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
1:02:20
6 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
1:09:18
7 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
1:22:22
8 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
1:28:09
9 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
1:42:00
10 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
2:00:42
19 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:58:15
1 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
86 pt
2 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
74 pt
3 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain Merida
60 pt
4 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
58 pt
5 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
50 pt
6 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
45 pt
7 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
38 pt
8 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33 pt
9 Michael Woods
EF Education First
31 pt
10 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
58 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Movistar Team 226:02:13
2 Trek - Segafredo 20:38
3 EF Education First 59:11
4 Team INEOS 1:00:27
5 Groupama - FDJ 1:05:31
6 BORA - hansgrohe 1:11:08
7 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:24:25
8 UAE-Team Emirates 1:27:48
9 AG2R La Mondiale 1:35:32
10 Mitchelton-Scott 1:58:56

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