More: "Alaphilippe is stubborn, was brave and very strong"

The Spaniard explained that the Deceuninck had inspected the stage and that's why they knew where to attack. Alaphilippe: "I won by eggs".

Julian Alaphilippe got his third stage in the Tour and the yellow jersey for "eggs" or for "stubbornness" . It depends on whether you speak French, euphoric and unbound, or your partner Enric Mas, smiling and happy, but more content. After joining the mountain and two triumphs in 2018, what many consider the new Valverde had the goal of Epernay in the spotlight. "We inspected the day a few days ago. Julian knew what he should do, where to attack. With some sprinters and clasicosmanos of both level, we plan to anticipate the start. And he did a magnificent job. We know his stubbornness and that he would try it for sure ... and see if he got involved and he managed it. He ran with tremendous courage and strength, "he said Mas.

For his part, Alaphilippe, heir of Thomas Voeckler in terms of statements, gestures and taste for the television camera, was exultant:" What a barbarity! I reached my goal by panache (testiculina) . Amazing to wear yellow. What a feeling! I notice without words. " Pichichi of the campaign with eleven goals (including Strade, Milan-San Remo and Flecha Valona), said he will seek "many more opportunities and, why not, another jersey of the mountain." At 27 years old (and recently renewed by the Deceuninck until the end of 2021 with a world star contract), he has become a total rider, capable of winning on impossible slopes, in a solo pulse to the peloton, in Pyrenean stages or in massive and reduced sprints: "It consists in offering a good show, I am motivated by the bike and my profession" .

At the moment, will take the lead of the Tour: "Any Frenchman is excited to start first in the race of his country. Whatever it lasts, I will enjoy it to the fullest ". Possibly, Alaphilippe will give the garment (that a compatriot did not carry from Tony Gallopin in 2014) in La Planche des Belles Filles. He would love Mas to take over: "The thing would stay at home." However, the Spanish takes off pressure: "I face very fit runners, who come better than me from the Dauphiné and from Switzerland. I wish not to lose time regarding them for when the mountains really arrive ". Of course, you will find an advantage until the sixth day: "As Julian will wear the yellow, we will go to the top of the group ... and protected" .

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