Tour de France - Julian Alaphilippe: I was dreaming of this scenario
Jul 09 2019 05:55 am CET

Tour de France - Julian Alaphilippe: I was dreaming of this scenario
Tour de France - Julian Alaphilippe: I was dreaming of this scenario
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe © Sigrid Eggers | Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling Team

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe has become the 85th Frenchman to wear the Yellow Jersey in the Tour de France. The rider attacked in the penultimate climb and crossed the finish line by himself.

Alaphilippe managed to create a good gap with the peloton in the last stretch of the third stage of the race that allowed him to cross the finish line by himself, taking enough time to climb to the top of the General Classification.

"It's an incredible feeling," said the rider after the finish line. "Before the Tour I was dreaming of this scenario, to take the win and the yellow jersey here, so I was really focused, although I knew it was going to be difficult. I rode full gas and gave everything, and to take also yellow together with this victory is definitely one of the best moments of my career.

"The team protected me throughout the day and I tried to save energy before the final kilometres. Then, on the Mutigny, I asked Dries to up the tempo so I could assert the situation on the climb, before going full gas and never looking behind. I didn't plan to go solo, but I continued to push and stretched out my advantage to nearly one minute. I knew the finale, I knew that it suited me, but it's always difficult to meet the expectations when you are the favourite. I am speechless, I am living a dream at this moment and all I want to do now is savour this unbelievable moment together with my team."




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