Shorts: Alaphilippe’s 15-month record, Bernal Vs Thomas, Contador to replace Wiggins

Posted on: July 8th, 2019
Deceuninck-QuickStep set out the incredible 15-month record of Julian Alaphilippe after he won the Tour de France’s third stage today and took the race lead.

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Kasper Asgreen a doubt

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Kasper Asgreen, runner-up at the Tour of Flanders, suffered a nasty crash that left his bike and wheels broken up, below, at the Tour.

The Dane came down hard towards the end of today’s stage 3 and while he finished the stage he was last man and 20 minutes down.

He limped to an ambulance after crossing the line and was badly injured; being taken off to hospital for checks to assess if he could start the stage tomorrow.

Bernal Vs Thomas

They are two of the biggest favourites for this year’s final yellow jersey and each other’s biggest rivals; Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal.

However, when a five-second gap opened in the middle of all the overall contenders at the finish today, it emerged between the two Team Ineos riders.

Bernal was last man in a small group that got the five-second gap on the uphill finish, with Thomas leading the next group in.

Thomas brushed it off, saying he had no interest in doing any more than he needed to today as it was still only stage 3.

However, having taken a tumble on the opening stage and now ceded time to his team mate – albeit a tiny amount – have we already seen the first cracks in the Welshman’s armour?

Will the finish photo today, below, take on bigger significance as this race goes on?

Wiggo signs off at the Tour

Bradley Wiggins has signed off on his moto reporting for now at the Tour, saying he would not be around for about a week.

He said his place on the back of the moto would be taken by Juan Antonia Flecha and Alberto Contador.

Wiggins signed off today with the highlights clip below by comparing a staff member on one team to Jabba the Hutt, offering his observations on flower pots at the Tour and trying to interview Maxime Bouet in English but with a French accent; each to their own….

First French yellow for 5 years

Deceuninck-QuickStep really enjoyed their moment today when they put a Frenchman in yellow at the Tour de France for the first time in five years.

Julian Alaphilippe is the man; claiming today’s stage win with a superb solo breakaway and capturing yellow with it.

Not since Tony Gallopin pulled on yellow after stage 9 in the 2014 Tour has the host nation had a man in the race leader’s jersey.

Gallopin took the jersey from eventual race winner Vincenzo Nibali who took it back the next day by winning stage 10.

However, Gallopin continued a dream Tour by victory the following day, though Nibali kept the race lead.

Alaphilippe was in demand back at the team hotel after today’s stage, giving the traditional stage winner’s toast live on TV with his team.

And his Belgian outfit also reminded everyone he was the first French rider to lead the race for 99 stages or 1,821 days.

It also set out his record, below, of winning a stage in every race he has ridden for the past 15 months; a pretty incredible run that has now been continued into this Tour.