Julian Alaphilippe successfully defends Yellow Jersey in ITT of Tour de France
Jul 19 2019 11:58 pm CET

Julian Alaphilippe successfully defends Yellow Jersey in ITT of Tour de France
Julian Alaphilippe successfully defends Yellow Jersey in ITT of Tour de France
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe © Sigrid Eggers | Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling Team

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe has taken the victory of the individual time trial of the Tour de France and has extended his lead in the General Classification.

The individual time trial of the French grand tour was 27.2 kilometres long in Pau. Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Kasper Asgreen set one of the first top times by completing the course in 35 minutes and 52 seconds.

Not long after, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) -who was one of the favourites to win the stage- suffered a horror crash in a curve that left him out of the race. Other riders like Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) and Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) also hit the deck but they were able to finish.

Lotto-Soudal's Thomas De Gendt soon set the best time by stopping the clock at 35 minutes and 36 seconds. Shortly after it was time for the General Classification riders and one to almost set the best time was EF Education First's Rigoberto Uran, who was 0.28 second slower than the Belgian rider.

Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte completed the course in 35 minutes and 45 seconds -the same time as Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo Visma), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) in 35 minutes and 49 seconds, Astana's Jakob Fuglsang in 36 minutes and seven seconds, Ineos' Egan Bernal in 36 minutes and 36 seconds, Movistar's Nairo Quintana in 36 minutes and 51 seconds, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in 37 minutes and eight seconds.

Ineos' Geraint Thomas stopped the clock at 35 minutes and 14 seconds, moving De Gendt off the hot seat. Minutes later, Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe set a time of 35 minutes, taking the victory of the fight against the clock and extending his lead in the General Classification.

After the individual time trial, the first two positions of the General Classification remain the same, Kruijswijk has climbed to the third position, Enric Mas sits in the fourth place and Bernal fell two spots and is now in the fifth place. Pinot climbed three spots to the seventh position, Uran went four spots up to the eight place while Yates fell to the 10th position and Dan Martin to the eleventh.




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