The Tour de France is doing so well for him. Crowned with his world champion’s jersey, Julian Alaphilippe won the first stage and donned the yellow jersey of the Tour de France, Saturday, June 26, on the heights of Landerneau, in a race where he now has six stage victories since 2018 and seventeen days with the gold jersey.
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The Frenchman of the Deceuninck team beat the other punchers and the Tour favorites by 8 seconds at the top of Fosse-aux-Loups. Australian Michael Matthews took second place ahead of Slovenian Primoz Roglic (2nd in the 2020 Tour) who pocketed 4 bonus seconds.
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“We had to finish the job”
“I was keen to succeed, but from there to do it! “exclaimed the French, who attacked 2300 meters from the line.
“In the final, I was caught in a fall but we were able to get in without getting excited. It was necessary to finish the work in the last ascent. I gave the maximum without asking myself any questions “, added the one who became a dad a few days before the start of the Great Loop. ” I’m so happy. It’s really good to give emotions to those who follow, it’s a special victory for me ”.
Two spectacular falls
There was no lack of emotions in this first stage, marked by two particularly spectacular big crashes. The second, less than 8 kilometers from the finish, concerned in particular the Briton Chris Froome, quadruple winner of the event, who was however able to get back on the bike after several minutes.
For its first of four days of racing in Brittany, the Tour found its public, who came in large numbers to the roadsides. And also, as a consequence, an additional share of risk since a spectator holding a sign encroaching on the roadway caused a fall 45 kilometers from the finish.
The German Tony Martin, the first to fall, led other runners, like dominoes, on the narrow roadway and the verges. Among others, several of his teammates from the Jumbo formation, including the Slovenian Primoz Roglic (2nd in the 2020 Tour) is the leader.
Belgian champion Wout van Aert was then able to enter the peloton, as were Italian champion Sonny Colbrelli and Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez.
In this stage of nearly 200 kilometers, the peloton left less than four minutes to break away (Bonnamour, Pérez, Rodriguez, Schelling, Swift, D. van Poppel).
Ide Schelling, a 23-year-old Dutch Tour neophyte, then broke free in one of the six climbs of the day, 83 kilometers from the finish. He embarked on a solitary raid which ended at the entrance of the last 30 kilometers and won the polka dot jersey for best climber.
On Sunday, the second stage also ends uphill, in Mûr-de-Bretagne, after 183.5 kilometers.
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