Alaphilippe: "If you have worn yellow, you do not want to give it away"

The Frenchman regained the lead, as he said in the previous one. Pinot got 28 seconds over the favorites "in an aperitif on July 14."

He said in the preview: "I would like to recover the yellow, the layout is very similar to the Épernay stage". And like that day, Julian Alaphilippe nailed the plan of the Deceuninck: accelerator before crowning the last level and "to fire until the arrival". Although this time he had a companion, Thibaut Pinot: " He knew, in fact already knew the whole bunch, that Julian wanted to unseat Ciccone. So I put his wheel on the final climb. We understood each other phenomenally and took almost half a minute to the rest of the favorites. A great result for both ... and aperitivo for July 14 ". Fuglsang and Mollema accused them of helping with motorcycles, a complaint they rejected.

Enric Mas, who merged with Alaphilippe in a sincere hug in Saint-Étienne, explained that the team strictly complied with the tactic they spoke on the bus: " We controlled and hardened the rhythm to catch the escapees and throw Julian. Thomas de Gendt was unreachable and we congratulate him too. However, we achieved our goal. Now it's time to enjoy the jersey, and we will try to defend it until the Pau time trial. "

In the television in France and in L'Équipe, they consider that Julian Alaphilippe must try to wear the yellow jersey until the forces hold . "As if it resists until Paris. Why not? "Asks Laurent Jalabert. For this mission they ask that Enric Mas put aside his personal ambition and work for Alaphilippe. "If it's about the general man and will finish the 13th, would not it be better if he sacrificed himself for the Tour leader?" Writes Alexandre Roos.

L'Équipe took Pinot and Alaphilippe to his cover this Saturday, before the joint exhibition, to assess the excellent performance of the two during the first seven days. More stars than Griezmann in the sports newspaper of reference ... and in the native Mâcon of the soccer player after his signing for Barcelona. This Sunday they will share again almost with total security. France vibrates with its "heroes" and thinks that the wait is over: "Maybe a compatriot will replace Bernard Hinault (1985) in the record of the Tour. Finally. There are well-founded reasons to believe. "

Alaphilippe wants to go as far as he can, without setting goals or discarding them:" When you've worn yellow, you do not want to let go. And if you lose it, it's only worth bringing it back. I run with the motivation to keep it to the maximum ". For Pinot, the thing moves with more calm: "I do not press, it will not block me not to take the lead. I am in a sweet moment, with good legs. I hope my third place improves in 2014. " And France will celebrate its success.

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