It will be difficult for Alaphilippe to endure as in 2019

This Sunday, despite being the second stage of the Tour, was really the first after what was seen on Saturday. Alaphilippe knew how to finish, something that is not easy.


The Tour de France started this Sunday. Despite the fact that Saturday was the first stage, this was the real premiere after the Jumbo asked to stop the rest of the riders at the opening event. On this day Alaphilippe was one of the great favorites and was able to finish, something that is not easy, since in the recent Milan-San Remo it was similar, but he was behind Van Aert. This season, the performance of the Frenchman is being more discreet and I admit that he did not see him strong. Leader again, as in 2019. Last year his performance also surprised me, but this time I don't think he will equal the fifth place in the general classification he achieved. The rivals for the general do not take him into account, in principle, and that is why no one jumped on his wheel when he attacked 13 km from the finish line.

If Bernal was the one attacking, Roglic would jump for him, and vice versa. Precisely, their respective teams, Ineos and Jumbo, continue to command the peloton, but it will not be until the first demanding mountain stages when we see which squad is really in charge of the race. There were again falls, like that of Daniel Felipe Martínez, and also time was left. He was coming from winning the Dauphiné, and could have tried something nice here. Now it will be very difficult. The nerves are noticeable in the riders, because the season is very compressed and everyone wants to do their best. The race already leaves Nice after three days, something that the runner appreciates after several nights in the same place. Movements, pack your suitcase and feel like the race is on.

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