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Kruijswijk remains third in the ranking, Alaphilippe loses time

2019-07-21T15:11:09.937Z

Steven Kruijswijk has kept his third place in the Tour de France standings on Sunday. Julian Alaphilippe stays in yellow, but lost time in the fifteenth stage won by Simon Yates.


Steven Kruijswijk has kept his third place in the Tour de France standings on Sunday. Julian Alaphilippe stays in yellow, but lost time in the fifteenth stage won by Simon Yates.

After a lightning-fast opening hour, a large leading group of 28 men emerged, to which eight riders later managed to join. Due to the presence of the Colombian Nairo Quintana, fourteenth in the standings at more than seven minutes, the front runners never had much room.

Bauke Mollema, the only Dutchman in the front, had to drop out when Simon Yates let the leading group explode on the Port de Lers (the first of three first category climbs). The Dutchman was also left behind much later by the peloton and can forget a good classification.

Also Quintana was initially unable to participate, but managed to reconnect just before the summit. Thanks to the work of his Movistar teammates Andrey Amador and Marc Soler, the lead of the leading group, from which Yates and Simon Geschke had jumped, increased to five minutes.

In the peloton, Enric Mas (teammate of Alaphilippe and tenth in the rankings) was the only classification rider who was thrown overboard early on. It did not prevent the team of the jersey wearer from keeping up the pace together with Jumbo-Visma and starting the final climb, the twelve-kilometer-long Prat d'Albis, three minutes behind.

On the flanks of the first category turtleneck (average rise percentage of 6.9 percent) the favorite group was thinned out considerably, after which Pinot threw the bat into the hen house with an attack 6 kilometers from the line.

Unlike Kruijswijk and title defender Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal and Alaphilippe were able to follow, but a mile and a half later, the yellow jersey also started to crack.

While Alaphilippe was swallowed up by the Kruijswijk group, the unleashed Pinot also shook Bernal away. The Frenchman picked up many refugees along the way, but couldn't keep Yates from his second stage win on this Tour.

Source: nunl

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