France’s quickest showman on two wheels is again making a splash on the Tour de France and as soon as once more sporting the enduring yellow jersey.
Julian Alaphilippe, the rider who greater than another helped flip the 2019 version right into a thriller, once more showered the Tour along with his class and guile Sunday, poaching victory on Stage 2 within the picture-postcard Mediterranean metropolis of Good and taking the general race lead.
A remaining burst of acceleration timed with precision enabled Alaphilippe to shake two pursuers and maintain off the primary pack of riders furiously gaining floor on the ending straight.
Alaphilippe kissed his finger and raised it to the sky as he crossed the road, an obvious tribute to his not too long ago deceased father.
The stage win, his fifth in 4 Excursions, will anchor his standing as a darling of French biking followers, conquered by his thrilling driving eventually yr’s version, when he held the race lead for 14 days.
He’s now again in yellow, because of time bonuses picked up for successful the stage and on the ultimate climb of the arduous day of driving by means of mountains north of Good.
And whereas Alaphilippe is taking part in down any hope of successful the general title in Paris in three weeks, he intends to cling onto the coveted jersey for so long as he can.
“The yellow jersey needs to be revered,” he mentioned. “I’ll defend it with honor.”
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