Tour de France

Stage 7) Millau - Lavaur

FR France, Friday 04 September 2020
168 km

Alaphilippe moves up in Tour de France GC

Alaphilippe moves up in Tour de France GC

A furious start in Millau, where the hammer was put down on the third-category Côte de Luzençon, dropped the sprinters and kick-started an insane pace that abated briefly only after 100 kilometers. Green jersey Sam Bennett was among those to lose contact, as the peloton rode at a blistering speed to make sure the fast men were distanced for good on this stage that travelled to Lavaur – a stage finish for the first time in nine years.

“I am disappointed, as I feel I let the boys down. After being dropped, we kept going and the team pulled hard and tried to get the whole group rolling, as we were focused on making it back, but we just couldn’t do it, despite an amazing effort. I wanted to win today, the legs were good, but then I got caught out again on the second climb and it was game over”, said Sam after being divested of the green jersey for nine points.

The drama continued as the Vent d’Autan picked up 30 kilometers from the finish, shattering the peloton and seeing several GC contenders being caught out the back. Julian Alaphilippe was at the right end of this split and the 28-year-old even put in a couple of turns at the front, helping the group nudge out their advantage to over a minute as the wind changed direction and began blowing from behind.

Going under the flamme rouge, Alaphilippe moved through the reduced group and opened his sprint with 150 meters to go, looking poised to take a podium finish, only for his chances to be scuppered after a touch of elbows as Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) sailed to victory. With several GC guys caught out in the crosswinds, which shuffled the deck during Friday’s lively stage 7, and tumbled out of the top 10 overall, Julian made a significant jump in the rankings, up to 11th, ahead of the first mountainous weekend.

“The start of the stage was very nervous and we rode à bloc. I just remained attentive at all times and always close to the front of the group, aware that things could change in a second. When the race split, I was there and in the end I tried to go for a good result, but it turned out it wasn’t possible as I unclipped with the line in sight. It’s nice that we could get something out this difficult stage ahead of the climbs that await us in the coming days”, the Frenchman explained at the finish in Lavaur.

 

Photo credit: ©Michael Steele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
3:32:03
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen
NTT Pro Cycling
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3 Bryan Coquard
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4 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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5 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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6 Clément Venturini
AG2R La Mondiale
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7 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
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8 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
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9 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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12 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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84 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:21
97 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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98 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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111 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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114 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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166 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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169 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
30:36:00
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:03
3 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:09
4 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:13
5 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
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6 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
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7 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
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8 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
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9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
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10 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
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11 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:15
57 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:45
78 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:11
116 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:13:24
125 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:18:25
128 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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145 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:33:40
153 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:34:14
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
138 pt
2 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
129 pt
3 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
106 pt
4 Bryan Coquard
105 pt
5 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
93 pt
6 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
91 pt
7 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
82 pt
8 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
75 pt
9 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
64 pt
10 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
62 pt
18 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
41 pt
51 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
54 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
86 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
30:36:13
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:09
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
0:28
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
1:15
5 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
18:44
6 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
27:18
7 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
30:14
8 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
34:39
9 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
36:19
10 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
36:35
14 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:13:11
16 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:19:20
1 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
25 pt
2 Michael Gogl
NTT Pro Cycling
12 pt
3 Nicolas Roche
Team Sunweb
11 pt
4 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
10 pt
5 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
10 pt
6 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
9 pt
7 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
8 pt
8 Quentin Pacher
7 pt
9 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
7 pt
10 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
6 pt
12 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
21 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 EF Pro Cycling 91:48:46
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:29
3 Astana Pro Team 2:16
4 Movistar Team 2:50
5 Trek - Segafredo 3:58
6 Groupama - FDJ 5:36
7 Bahrain - McLaren 6:43
8 AG2R La Mondiale 7:14
9 INEOS Grenadiers 7:59
10 UAE-Team Emirates 8:44

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