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Julian Alaphilippe Takes Yellow and Other Cool News from the World of Cycling

By Monica Buck

Another Monday is here and our news from the world of cycling with it. So, what did you miss?

Alaphilippe wins stage 2

Julian Alaphilippe took the yellow jersey yesterday after beating Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) in a two-up sprint. Alaphilippe wore yellow for 14 stages in last year’s Tour and won the hearts of people all over the world. Can he do it again? The Frenchman himself said that he would not target yellow this year. However, he’s already donned it. Could his plans change? What do you think?

Alaphilippe arrives prior to the start of the 3rd stage. © Profimedia

Adam Yates finished third in today’s stage and sits in second place, trailing just 4 seconds behind Alaphilippe. There are a couple more mountainous stages ahead before the pros reach the Pyrenees. It is more than possible that Yates will reach them wearing the leader’s jersey.

Meanwhile, Peter Sagan used one of his signature moves to climb up the ladder in the points competition. He joined a breakaway and claimed 17 points at the intermediate sprint. However, Matteo Trentin was there as well and claimed 20. It won’t be easy this year for the Slovak.

Stage 2 results

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) – 4:55:27
2. Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb)
3. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) + 1s
4. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) + 2s
5. Sergio Higuita (EF Pro Cycling)
6. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
7. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)
8. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
9. Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe)
10. Alberto Bettiol (EF Pro Cycling)

General classification

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) – 8:41:35
2. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) + 4s
3. Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) + 7s
4. Sergio Higuita (EF Pro Cycling) + 17s
5. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
6. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)
7. Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates)
8. Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers)
9. Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers)
10. Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma)

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