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Very shortly Julian Alaphilippe took in winning his first victory in this Tour. It is no longer surprising that he wins, but how he does it ...


Very little took Julian Alaphilippe in claiming his first victory in this Tour. It is no longer surprising that he wins, but how he does it. His attack is within reach of very few cyclists in the peloton. This time he tried it 15 km from the finish line and nobody could follow him. Egan Bernal tried it, but was not able to get to his wheel. The French cyclist adds his third victory as a professional in the Tour and is placed in the yellow jersey for the first time in his career. The Frenchman is similar to Alejandro Valverde due to his characteristics, but he is still great to be competitive for the general classification of a great lap by stages. On Thursday comes the first final high, where predictably suffer to maintain the leadership. Although with the level he has shown, you never know what can happen.

Enric Mas will not be harmed by sharing equipment with the new leader of the race. Despite the wear and tear suffered by his teammates, the Spanish cyclist will have to go on his own. Such as was intuited from the beginning. His teammates were chosen to help Elia Viviani and Alaphilippe. In the Top-10 of the general classification some favorites began to settle: Mas himself, Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Steven Kruijswijk and Wilco Kelderman. His presence in these positions is due to the great time that his teams made. Any of these runners could dress in yellow in La Planche des Belles Filles. It remains to be seen if Alaphilippe's legs allow.



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