Mike Teunissen lost the yellow leader's jersey in the Tour de France on Monday. The Dutchman had to give up the first place in the general classification to the Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, who won the third stage.
Alaphilippe successfully placed an attack on the last climb of the day, sixteen kilometers from the finish, and finally convincingly crossed the line in Épernay.
Behind Alaphilippe the Australian Michael Matthews finished in second place in 26 seconds and the Belgian Jasper Stuyven in third place. Steven Kruijswijk was the best Dutchman in seventeenth place at 31 seconds.
Alaphilippe made up for more than the required 26 seconds on Teunissen, who ran it in the final kilometers and eventually lost almost five minutes.
The winner of this year's Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianchi and the Waalse Pijl, in the general classification, now has a 20-second lead over Belgian number two Wout Van Aert and 25 counts at number three Kruijswijk.