What a panache! Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) seized Monday the yellow jersey by winning, as expected, the third stage of the Tour in Epernay (Marne). A year after his two stage wins and the polka-dot jersey of the best climber, the 27-year-old Frenchman struck a blow for the opening of the Great Loop in France.
The French attacked 15 kilometers from the finish, in the coast of Mutigny, 900 meters long with a percentage of 12%. Determined, he did not let the pack devour him in the last meters of the stage.
On the verge of tears
"I was very motivated to make a good stage, the final matched me well, he explained, on the verge of tears, at the microphone of France 2. I did not think to isolate myself like that, but I all put after. It's always hard to answer when we're expected. "
Sacred in Milan-San Remo and twice in the Flèche wallonne, Alaphilippe succeeds Tony Gallopin (AG2R – la Mondiale), last tricolor holder of the yellow jersey on July 11, 2014.