Tour de France

Stage 16) La Tour-du-Pin - Villard-de-Lans

FR France, Tuesday 15 September 2020
164 km

Tour de France: Alaphilippe in the break on first Alpine stage

Tour de France: Alaphilippe in the break on first Alpine stage

Julian Alaphilippe promised on the last rest day of the race that he will go on the attack in the third week and the Frenchman remained true to his word, being among the first to make their intentions known after rolling out of the neutral zone in La Tour-du-Pin. Despite this first attack being brought to heel, Alaphilippe continued to insist together with other riders and eked out a 20-second advantage.

This 40-man group wasn’t to the peloton’s liking, who pushed hard for the race to come back, but this didn’t prevent Julian from putting in another strong dig, on the fast run-in to the intermediate sprint, which was followed by other riders, who in the end managed to get clear. Once the chasers’ pace abated, the escapees carved out a huge 17-minute advantage and began thinking of the stage win, which was decided on the penultimate climb of the day, Montée de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte (11.1km, 6.8%).

Alaphilippe was very active there, setting the pace, launching a brace of attacks and shutting down an acceleration of Richard Carapaz (Ineos), who made his move from a select four-man group, some three kilometers from the top. This effort took its toll inside one kilometer to go to the summit, as the Ecuardorian and Lennard Kamna (Bora-hansgrohe) rode away, the latter grabbing the win in Villard-de-Lans.

Tenth at the finish, where he racked up his fourth top 10 at this edition, Julian took us through the first Alpine stage: “I gave everything I had, but it was hard in the final and there wasn’t much I could do. It’s a pity, but I was beaten by stronger riders. The stage was again fast and the fight for the breakaway really intense, and when those attacks came, I was a bit on my limit. We will see if I’ll get any other opportunities to fight for victory this week.”

Sam Bennett started the week clad in the green jersey and was in the spotlight for the first 40 kilometers, until the breakaway formed, as he was permanently attacked by his closest rival in the points classification. Exuding calmness and confidence, the Irishman responded to this wave of attacks and even had several attempts of igniting a break, showing everyone that he’s ready to fight until the last ounce of energy to clinch the jersey.

With the day’s move featuring almost two dozen riders, there were no more points left for the bunch at the intermediate sprint in Saint-Joseph-de-Rivière, which means that Bennett – who will sport the green jersey for the ninth time in his career on Wednesday – keeps his 45-point lead in the classification.

“It was an ok day. I expected a tough start, but in the end it was fine. I carefully dosed my effort, which was important, especially as this Tour is so hard, and tracked down all the moves ahead of the sprint. It’s nice to continue in the green jersey and I’m getting more optimistic, but there’s still a lot of work to do”, Sam said at the finish.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
4:12:52
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
1:27
3 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
1:56
4 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
2:34
5 Simon Geschke
CCC Team
2:35
6 Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
2:37
7 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
2:41
8 Nicolas Roche
Team Sunweb
2:47
9 Quentin Pacher
2:51
10 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:54
72 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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111 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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112 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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135 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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139 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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142 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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145 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
70:06:47
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:40
3 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
1:34
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
1:45
5 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
2:03
6 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
2:13
7 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
2:16
8 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
3:15
9 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
5:19
10 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
5:43
32 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:24:01
46 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:52:01
95 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:20:05
118 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:57:34
121 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:58:28
126 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:05:32
137 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:17:24
147 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:30:24
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
269 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
224 pt
3 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
212 pt
4 Bryan Coquard
166 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
158 pt
6 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
131 pt
7 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
130 pt
8 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
112 pt
9 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
100 pt
10 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
97 pt
59 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
78 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
111 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
124 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
70:07:27
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
2:35
3 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
18:24
4 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
1:20:34
5 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
1:23:51
6 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
1:31:26
7 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
1:43:48
8 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
2:01:54
9 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
2:07:59
10 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
2:14:34
16 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:56:54
17 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:57:48
1 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
36 pt
2 Pierre Rolland
36 pt
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
34 pt
4 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
33 pt
5 Nans Peters
AG2R La Mondiale
32 pt
6 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
31 pt
7 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
27 pt
8 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
25 pt
9 Quentin Pacher
24 pt
10 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
24 pt
24 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
36 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
54 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Movistar Team 210:11:06
2 INEOS Grenadiers 35:37
3 EF Pro Cycling 37:00
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 37:36
5 Bahrain - McLaren 1:00:57
6 Trek - Segafredo 1:09:07
7 Astana Pro Team 1:17:25
8 AG2R La Mondiale 1:53:39
9 Team Arkéa Samsic 2:08:12
10 Groupama - FDJ 2:30:16

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