First Tour de France mountain finish reveals Alaphilippe's GC weaknesses

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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the yellow jersey after stage 2 at the Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) kept the leader’s yellow jersey on the first mountain finish of the Tour de France in Orcières-Merlette but his failure to win the surge to the line, and the fact that he missed out on the time bonuses, highlighted that he is not on the same form as 2019 and does not have the strength and determination to fight for the overall victory.

The French cycling fans and the partisan French media would love for it to be otherwise but Alaphilippe seems to know he lacks the dynamite he had in his legs and heart last year. 

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