The yellow jersey can sometimes be cumbersome. But Julian Alaphilippe did not detonate the pack on Monday in the vineyards of Champagne to abandon it as easily to the competition. And the French public who was waiting for a successor to Tony Gallopin, last tricolor of the prestigious tunic in 2014, would not understand that the native of Saint-Amand-Montrond does not defend a minimum.
What strategy does the Belgian training Deceuninck-Quick Step go and above all can it adopt? The 4th stage this Tuesday between Reims and Epernay promised to a sprinter should not upset the overall classification. "We'll start serving Elia (Viviani, the sprinter of the team), Has already warned the new yellow jersey. The next Saint-Dié-des-Vosges in Colmar offers the first reliefs including a pass of 2nd category that promises a beautiful skimming.
"I will fight to keep it"
The task of Deceuninck should then be tough as the Belgian team does not seem equipped to compete with the big armadas of the peloton. And the day after, the Planche des Belles Dilles and its slopes at 24% announce themselves as a first judge of peace in this Tour. "We will try to keep the jersey. In the plain stages, there will be no problems because it is still us to maneuver, "said Monday the manager of the Belgian training Patrick Lefevere.
"I will fight to keep it," Alaphilippe confirmed while adding in the wake that the Vosges were profiled. "We are only at the third stage. It's a long way to Paris, recalls the winner of the polka dot jersey last year. I said, I want to enjoy every day. Difficult stages await me, in the Vosges, I risk "squeal"La Planche des Belles Daughters The yellow jersey is a bonus"