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, 16 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 made it clear in the final kilometers and eventually lost almost five minutes (4.55).
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 the Belgian number two Wout van Aert and 25 counts at number three Kruijswijk.
Mike Teunissen had to say goodbye to his yellow leader's jersey. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Riders for the first time in France
In the third stage, the cyclists entered France after having spent two days cycling around Brussels. Since the course offered opportunities for the adventurer (in the final phase there were four climbs on the program), many riders tried to demarcate immediately after the start in Binche.
The Belgian Tim Wellens and the French Paul Ourselin, Yoann Offredo, Anthony Delaplace and Stéphane Rossetto eventually received a pass from the peloton. The five quickly took a six-minute lead, but were always kept at a controllable distance by the large group.
Wellens was not fast enough at the front. The classic specialist of Lotto Soudal ran off just 50 kilometers from the finish and was the first to emerge on all four categorized hills, taking over the polka dot jersey from his countryman Greg Van Avermaet.
The peloton led by Astana, which was aiming for the day victory with Jakob Fuglsang, also showed a killing pace. Teunissen, among others, had a hard time as a result, but he always managed to close the small holes.
The leading group of the day. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Alaphilippe soon joined Wellens
On the last climb, the 900-meter-long Cote de Mutigny with a gradient of 12.2, Alaphilippe already attacked. Immediately after the line he came alongside Wellens and immediately left the last remaining fighter, who was named the most combative rider of the day.
Teunissen was unable to participate in the violence of the toppers on the Cote de Mutigny and soon had to let go. De Limburger, the first Dutchman in the yellow jersey in thirty years, was not helped by his teammates at Jumbo-Visma, because the formation did not want to endanger the classification of Kruijswijk.
As expected, Alaphilippe made no mistake on the flat last part and once again increased his impressive record, which already had two beautiful stage victories (both last year in the mountains) in the Tour de France.
In addition to Alaphilippe, Egan Bernal and Thibaut Pinot also did good business. The two favorites for the overall victory picked up five seconds in the last hundreds of meters, including Kruijswijk, defending champion Geraint Thomas, Nairo Quintana and Adam Yates.
See also: View the classifications of the Tour with Alaphilippe in yellow