Tour de France

Stage 17) Grenoble - Méribel Col de la Loze

FR France, Wednesday 16 September 2020
170 km

Alaphilippe most combative rider on Tour de France queen stage

Alaphilippe most combative rider on Tour de France queen stage

Julian Alaphilippe returned to the Tour de France podium, at the end of stage 17, to collect the prize awarded to the most aggressive rider of the day. Starting from Grenoble, the city where the first ever yellow jersey was awarded 101 years ago, the 170km leg contained two monstrous climbs – Col de la Madeleine and Col de la Loze – the latter making its debut on the race, and our rider was one of its main protagonists.

A brace of attacks from Julian ignited the stage and helped a large group emerge from the peloton, building a 20-second gap. Despite the numerous men in the front, the break didn’t quite work, prompting Alaphilippe to get out of the saddle again on a short unclassified climb and make a selection, only four riders being capable of matching his tempo. Despite not being as sizeable as the first move, this group worked well together and padded their advantage to six minutes by the bottom of the Madeleine.

First used in 1969, this climb has become since then a classic on the Tour de France route, the most recent visit there being in 2018, when Julian was first at the top. Despite looking very promising at one point, the escapees’ chances of making it went up in smoke following a sudden change in the pace of the bunch, which cut down their gap to just two minutes by the time they crested the summit.

Alaphilippe pressed on the descent, injecting a new rhythm to the group, which ended up consisting of just three riders. His forcing helped the trio gain more than a minute, but despite this valiant all-out effort they were clawed back by the GC favourites on the torturous gradients of Col de la Loze, which in some sections exceeded 20%. It was there that Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) attacked and soloed to victory, ahead of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), who retained the yellow jersey.

Julian took to the podium after the stage to collect the most combative rider of the stage prize, a well-deserved reward for the 28-year-old Frenchman, who was once again one of the race’s main animators, featuring in the break on both Alpine stages: “I knew what we would face today, as I did a recon with Dries and Bob a couple of weeks ago. To be honest, it wasn’t my goal to be in the break, but I felt good and attacked, and when I saw we had a gap I just kept pushing. You never know what can happen, so it’s always worth trying. It’s always nice to get the combativity trophy and really special to be again on the Tour de France podium.”

A bit later, his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammate Sam Bennett made it home with plenty of minutes to spare and will wear the green jersey on the last Alpine stage for the tenth time at this edition. On top of that, the 29-year-old Irish Champion added two more points to his tally in the classification, which he leads by a margin of 47 points over his closest rival.

“It was a tough one today. I put in a good fight at the beginning, tried to get some points and did it with the help of Michael. Then on the first climb it was quite ok, but towards the end it became harder, as the climb was in steps and the rhythm always changed. But I am glad that I ticked it off and will continue to fight for this jersey”, said Bennett atop Col de la Loze.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
4:49:08
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:15
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:30
4 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:56
5 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
1:01
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
1:12
7 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
1:20
8 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
,,
9 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
1:59
10 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:13
26 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:05
98 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
105 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:32
113 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:09
125 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:37
132 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:22
133 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
134 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
74:56:04
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:57
3 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
1:26
4 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
3:05
5 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
3:14
6 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
3:24
7 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
3:27
8 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
4:18
9 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
7:23
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
9:31
29 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:41:57
48 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:20:24
96 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:49:33
118 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:26:34
119 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:26:42
125 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:35:45
134 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:47:37
144 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:00:37
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
278 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
231 pt
3 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
218 pt
4 Bryan Coquard
171 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
158 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
150 pt
7 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
131 pt
8 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
120 pt
9 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
112 pt
10 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
100 pt
58 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26 pt
83 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
109 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
122 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
74:57:01
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
3:21
3 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
1:24:17
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
1:48:51
5 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
1:52:47
6 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
2:11:39
7 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
2:27:20
8 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
2:30:43
9 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
2:42:49
10 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
3:36:45
16 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:25:37
17 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:25:45
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
66 pt
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
63 pt
3 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
51 pt
4 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
36 pt
5 Pierre Rolland
36 pt
6 Nans Peters
AG2R La Mondiale
32 pt
7 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
32 pt
8 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
31 pt
9 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
28 pt
10 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
27 pt
13 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
37 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
55 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Movistar Team 224:49:23
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 30:07
3 EF Pro Cycling 1:03:21
4 Bahrain - McLaren 1:04:04
5 INEOS Grenadiers 1:17:59
6 Trek - Segafredo 1:28:37
7 Astana Pro Team 1:33:59
8 AG2R La Mondiale 2:37:56
9 UAE-Team Emirates 2:49:25
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 2:55:08

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