Julian Alapahilippe extended his overall lead at the Tour de France on Friday winning the 27.2km individual time-trial at Pau on stage 13 to keep the yellow jersey and send his home fans wild. Defending champion Geraint Thomas was second while his Ineos co-captain Egan Bernal dropped down the overall standings and lost his best young rider’s white jersey finishing way off the pace.
Thomas lost 14 seconds on the French overall leader to slip to 1:26 adrift in the general classification after the baking hot race-against-the-clock around the Pyrenean town. “If he carries on like this he’ll win the Tour,” the 33-year-old Thomas said at the finish line. The Welshman then told British broadcaster ITV that Alaphilippe’s barnstorming ride had taken him by surprise. “He’s going incredibly well and is certainly the favorite or the one to
watch at the moment,” he added. “But there is a long way to go and a lot of hard stages to come.”
“I just wanted to keep the jersey, but to win the stage, on this form, is just totally amazing,” said Alaphilippe, the 27-year-old former soldier who is sending France wild with belief they can win a first Tour since 1985.
1. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/DEC) 35min 00sec
2. Geraint Thomas (GBR/INE) at 14secs
3. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) 36
4. Rigoberto Uran (COL/EF1) s.t.
5. Richie Porte (AUS/TRE) 45
6. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/JUM) s.t.
7. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 49
8. Kasper Asgreen (DEN/DEC) 52
9. Enric Mas (ESP/DEC) 58
10. Joey Rosskopf (USA/CCC) 1min 01sec,
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