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Tour de France 2019 Stage 3: Alaphilippe yellow – pictures, highlights and standings

The riders at the 2019 Tour de France got their first taste of the mountains on Stage 3 on Monday. And it was Julian Alaphilippe who whizzed his way home, taking the stage and yellow to boot.

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France’s Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck Quick Step wears the yellow jersey after Stage 3 of the 2019 Tour de France. Photo: EPA/YOAN VALAT
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Tour de France 2019 – Stage 3. Photo: ASO/Thomas Maheux
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Tour de France 2019 – Stage 3. Photo: ASO/Thomas Maheux

The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider gambled and attacked on the penultimate climb of the day, 15km from the finish in Epernay and was strong enough to win by 23 seconds, despite a desperate effort from the pack to reel him in.

Tour de France 2019: Stage 3 – Top Ten

RankRiderTeamTimes
1Julian AlaphilippeDeceuninck – Quick – Step04h 40′ 29”
2Michael MatthewsTeam Sunweb04h 40′ 55”
3Jasper StuyvenTrek – Segafredo04h 40′ 55”
4Greg Van AvermaetCcc Team04h 40′ 55”
5Peter SaganBora – Hansgrohe04h 40′ 55”
6Matteo TrentinMitchelton – Scott04h 40′ 55”
7Sonny ColbrelliBahrain – Merida04h 40′ 55”
8Xandro MeurisseWanty – Gobert Cycling Team04h 40′ 55”
9Wout Van AertTeam Jumbo – Visma04h 40′ 55”
10Thibaut PinotGroupama – Fdj04h 40′ 55”

The Frenchman slipped away from the pack after vying for bonus seconds on the penultimate climb, assuming a daredevil, aerodynamic crouch at the crest and breaking clear.

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Tour de France 2019: Stage 3. Photo: ASO/Olivier Chabe

By the time he crossed the Marne, still an agonising 10km through the champagne vineyards from Epernay, he was almost a minute ahead.

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Tour de France 2019 – Stage 3. Photo: ASO/Pauline Ballet
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Tour de France 2019 – Stage 3. Photo: ASO/Pauline Ballet

Alaphilippe was strong enough to cling on and win by 26 seconds, despite a desperate effort from the pack to reel him in.

Tour de France 2019: Stage 3 highlights

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