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Alaphilippe wins stage to extend Tour lead over Thomas

Alaphilippe wins stage to extend Tour lead over Thomas

Geraint Thomas trailed Julian Alaphilippe by one minute and 12 seconds before the start of stage 13Defending champion Geraint Thomas lost time to Tour de France leader Julian Alaphlippe after the Frenchman's stunning time trial win on stage 13.Britain's Thomas had set the fastest mark, only to see last man Alaphilippe finish 14 seconds quicker over the technical 27.2km course in Pau.Alaphilippe now leads Thomas by one minute 26 seconds heading into an important weekend in the Pyrenees.
"I didn't really expect that from Alaphilippe," Thomas told ITV4."The way he's riding, if he can keep that up, he'll win."It was a remarkable effort by Alaphilippe to extend his lead on the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the yellow jersey, with the Deceuninck Quick-Step rider having been expected to lose time to Thomas here.Alaphilippe, 27, may yet fade on the longer climbs to come when Team Ineos set a high tempo in service of Thomas and Saturday's summit finish at the famed Tourmalet on stage 14 will be a huge test of his overall credentials.But this was a clear statement that Alaphilippe, who also won stage three, intends to fight all the way to stay in yellow."It's incredible. I'm really happy. I knew I could do a good performance on such a course but I didn't think I could win the stage," he said."I pushed my limits and, with the help of the public, I gave everything until the line."More to follow.
Stage 13 result
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 35mins2. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Ineos) +14secs3. Thomas de Gendt (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) +36secs4. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +36secs5. Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +45secs6. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Team Jumbo-Visma) +45secs7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +49secs8. Kasper Asgreen (Den/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +52secs9. Enric Mas (Spa/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +58secs10. Joey Rosskopf (USA/CCC) + 1min 1sec
General classification after stage 13
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 53hrs 1min 9secs2. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Ineos) +1min 26secs
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Team Jumbo-Visma) +2mins 12secs4. Enric Mas (Spa/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +2mins 44secs5. Egan Bernal (Col/Team Ineos) +2mins 52secs6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) +3mins 4secs7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +3mins 22secs8. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +3mins 54secs9. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar Team) +3mins 55secs10. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +3mins 55secs
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