SCAN SPORT – The French rider could not restrain his emotions after his solo victory at Epernay for the third stage of the Grand Loop.
Julian Alaphilippe went for a sublime stage victory in Epernay, the first for a French rider on the 2019 Tour de France. The cyclist from the Deceuninck-Quick Step attacked 16 kilometers from the finish and was never caught up by the peloton. A victory that also allows him to recover the yellow jersey leader in the general classification, a first for a French since 2014.
If he let his joy explode when crossing the finish line, Julian Alaphilippe was then unable to hide all the emotion that gave him this victory. Immediately after getting off the bike, he fell into the arms of his manager, Patrick Lefevere.
Subsequently, when answering questions from journalists, Alaphilippe learns that his performance, which propels him to the top of the overall standings, will earn him to wear the Yellow Jersey on the stage of Tuesday, between Reims and Nancy. Overwhelmed by emotion, the native Cher can not hold back his tears, and must wait a few seconds before being able to find his voice to respond to journalists.
"I need a little bit of time to realize. I was thinking of winning but I did not think I was alone like that, "the 27-year-old rider reacts. "I would like to thank the public, I feel that I have never been so encouraged and supported on the roads of France, so thank you all," he concludes. See you tomorrow at departure in Reims, where Alaphilippe should once again receive a nice ovation.