Tour de France: Julian Alaphilippe wins time trial and wears yellow jersey
Scene of the stage: Julian Alaphilippe got out of the saddle and balanced his time machine up the last climb. The Frenchman sat on the last hundred meters no longer on the saddle of his bike, but stormed with open mouth to the stage victory in the time trial. At the finish, he came to a halt with a drift in front of his team and cheered the defense of the yellow jersey.
Tears in the car: I'm really happy, I do not mean to sound overbearing, but I knew I could do a good job on such a track, I told my cousin Franck this morning that I'd ride well, but I did I was not thinking of winning the stage, "said Julian Alaphilippe:" I heard that even in my team car, all cried. "
Result of the stage: Alaphilippe won the 27.2-kilometer individual time trial through and around Pau surprisingly ahead of the specialists Geraint Thomas and Thomas De Gendt. Before the stage, it was unlikely that Alaphilippe would even extend his lead as overall leader by 14 seconds to 1:26 minutes ahead of Thomas. Click here for the stage report.
Empty batteries: Tony Martin is former world champion and reigning German champion in time trial. The chances of victory in Pau but had done after a few kilometers: The early started Martin was overtaken by two riders in a row. In the end, he finished in 163th place, 06:45 minutes behind Alaphilippe. "The plan was to make as little as possible and save some energy," said the 34-year-old, "I preferred a three-quarters rest day." His colleague André Greipel was also surprised.
La Course: A women's Tour de France has not existed since 2009. But once a year, before a men's tour stage, a one-day race for women takes place, called La Course. The field of women rode on Friday several times the time trial course of men, in the end won the former world champion Marianne Vos, who had caught in the finish runaway Amanda Sprat. Allegedly, the Amaury Sport Organization is now also concerned with the reintroduction of a Tour de France for women.
bests: The first peak times in individual time trial put the specialists Chad Haga and Kasper Asgreen quite early. But then came Thomas De Gendt and drove in 35:36 minutes over the finish line. Long led the Belgian, but he himself guessed shortly before the end, that he would be overtaken by Thomas and Alaphilippe.
Heavy falls: The pictures looked frightening. Wout van Aert, one of the favorites to win the day, took a right-hander very narrowly, stuck his leg to the safety gate and crashed hard. The Belgian had to give up the tour and was brought to the hospital with a heavy flesh wound. An exact diagnosis is still pending. Even the German champion Maximilian Schachmann crashed into the safety net shortly before the finish, but then dragged himself over the line - as it turned out in the finish with a broken hand. He also had to give up the tour.
100 years yellow jersey: On July 19, 1919, a yellow jersey was worn for the first time at the Tour de France. A hundred years later, Julian Alaphilippe, a Frenchman and a crowd favorite, also wore and defended the Maillot Jaune - the day could not have been better from the point of view of the home crowd.
Captain question: Prior to the Tour last year's winner Geraint Thomas and top talent Egan Bernal were traded as favorites for the overall victory, the question of the captain answered Team Ineos with a double point. But that could have dissolved now. Bernal has almost three minutes behind Alaphilippe after the time trial, Thomas only 1:26 minutes. Whether the captain question is actually decided, will show up in the mountains.
What's next? Since the eighth stage Alaphilippe wears the yellow jersey again. That he could carry it through the Pyrenees or even to Paris, seemed unlikely. But after the strong individual time trial the dream of the overall victory lives on. On the 14th stage on Saturday with the mountain arrival at the legendary Tourmalet Alaphilippe could defend the Maillot Jaune thanks to his qualities in the mountains. But attacks by Geraint Thomas will not be long in coming.