Tour de France

Stage 20) Albertville – Val Thorens

FR France, Saturday 27 July 2019
130 km

Tour de France: Phenomenal effort keeps Alaphilippe in the top 5 overall

Tour de France: Phenomenal effort keeps Alaphilippe in the top 5 overall

Julian Alaphilippe took his racing to a completely different level at the Tour de France, where for three weeks he was constantly in the spotlight, thanks not only to his exploits on the road, but also to the immense fighting spirit that is deeply engraved in his DNA, and on the penultimate day, despite the fatigue, he continued to impress.

At the start of the Tour de France’s penultimate stage, a short 59km-long leg from Albertville to Val Thorens (33.4km, 5.5%), one of the longest ascents in the history of the race, Julian knew that remaining on the podium was going to be a difficult task, especially as the gaps in the standings were insignificant considering the difficulty of the climb which took the riders above 2300 meters.

Right from the gun, several teams tapped out a huge tempo, dislodging riders as soon as the bunch hit the first slopes of Val Thorens. Julian Alaphilippe resisted in the yellow jersey until with 13 kilometers to go, when the hard and relentless tempo distanced him. But the former leader wasn’t alone, and helped by an amazing Enric Mas, who devoted all his energy to helping his teammate, set a steady tempo which ensured that Julian won’t lose too much time.

Runner-up at last year’s Vuelta a España, Enric supported Alaphilippe amazingly until with one kilometer to go, when the Frenchman continued on his own and made use of his last resources, showing the same true heart and grit that led to his many wins, en route to finishing just three minutes down on stage winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and salvaging an incredibly remarkable top 5 overall.

Not only Julian, but also sports director Tom Steels was a happy man at the end of the day: “The last three days have been extremely intense. We did our best to defend yellow, and even after we lost it and knew it was going to be difficult, fought until the very last moment. Julian rode admirably and his fifth place is a great way to conclude the Tour. He has been one of the most aggressive riders in the race and contributed to the team’s amazing journey over the past three weeks, so we I can say is chapeau!”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Vincenzo Nibali
Bahrain Merida
1:51:53
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:10
3 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
0:14
4 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:17
5 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
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6 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
0:23
7 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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8 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:25
9 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
0:30
10 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
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26 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:17
34 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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111 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:29
124 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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145 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
147 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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151 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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154 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:41
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
79:52:52
2 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
1:11
3 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:31
4 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:56
5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:45
6 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
4:23
7 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
5:15
8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
5:30
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
6:12
10 Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
7:32
22 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
57:35
95 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:00:50
122 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:37:30
130 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:52:37
134 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:54:37
149 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:10:05
152 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:19:33
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
47 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
48 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
81 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
101 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
79:52:52
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
23:29
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
57:35
4 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:02:44
5 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
1:04:40
6 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
1:20:20
7 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
1:38:12
8 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
2:06:59
9 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
2:13:37
10 Élie Gesbert
Team Arkéa Samsic
2:32:33
19 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:37:30
1 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
86 pt
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
78 pt
3 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
74 pt
4 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain Merida
67 pt
5 Vincenzo Nibali
Bahrain Merida
59 pt
6 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
59 pt
7 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
58 pt
8 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
45 pt
9 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
44 pt
10 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
42 pt
14 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33 pt
62 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Movistar Team 239:45:51
2 Trek - Segafredo 47:54
3 Team INEOS 57:52
4 EF Education First 1:25:57
5 BORA - hansgrohe 1:29:30
6 Groupama - FDJ 1:42:29
7 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:52:55
8 AG2R La Mondiale 2:07:29
9 UAE-Team Emirates 2:09:35
10 Astana Pro Team 2:27:17

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