Yellow jersey for Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, winner of the 3rd stage of the Tour

Yellow jersey for Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, winner of the 3rd stage of the Tour

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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck) won solo stage 3 of the Tour de France and endorsed at the same time the yellow jersey on Monday in Epernay. He is the first Frenchman to don tunic since Tony Gallopin in 2014.

Victory and yellow jersey: Julian Alaphilippe made double blow in the 3rd stage of the Tour de France, Monday, July 8, in Epernay, after a great style attack carried in the hills of Champagne.

The French team Deceuninck, world number one, went on the offensive in the wall of Mutigny, 16 kilometers from the finish. On the line, he preceded his first pursuers by about thirty seconds.

Alaphilippe, 27, won his third stage victory in the Tour. He is the first Frenchman to wear the yellow jersey since Tony Gallopin in 2014.

For second place, at the top of the finish line, the Australian Michael Matthews set the sprint of the first peloton, under a summer sun.

The breakaway of the day, launched from the 5th kilometer, brought together four Frenchmen (Yoann Offredo, Anthony Delaplace, Paul Ourselin, Stéphane Rossetto) and a Belgian (Tim Wellens). Helped by a favorable wind, the quintet got up to over six minutes in advance but the peloton has always maintained the pressure.

"The course suited me well"

Wellens came out of the group at the entrance of the last 50 kilometers. It was picked up only at 16 kilometers, at the top of the coast of Mutigny, he crossed in front just ahead of Alaphilippe, before stopping for puncture. He won the polka dot jersey for the best climber.

Alaphilippe appeared in this very steep "wall" to darken downhill. He made sure of fifty seconds on the peloton, a margin that he preserved for the most part despite the uphill final.

For the first leg on the French territory, Alaphilippe took away his third stage success in the Tour, a year after igniting the public by winning a stage in the Alps, another in the Pyrenees and the polka dot jersey.

"I was very motivated to make a good stage, the course suited me well," said Alaphilippe, very moved. "I was careful not to be trapped by the falls, I felt it was not too bad in the legs on the last difficult hill, but I did not think I was isolating myself so far from the When I saw that I had 30 seconds, I gave everything.

The first wearer of the yellow jersey, the Dutchman Mike Teunissen, dropped into the wall of Mutigny. He crossed the line with almost five minutes late.

With AFP

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