Julian Alaphilippe: No regrets, Hirschi was the strongest today

SARRAN CORRZE FRANCE SEPTEMBER 10 Arrival Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 12 a 218km stage from Chauvigny to Sarran Corrze 658m TDF2020 LeTour on September 10 2020 in Sarran Corrze France Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck-QuickStep finished 11th on stage 12 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) began a new phase of his Tour de France during stage 12 when he went on the attack in search of his second win of the race, but he had to settle for 11th place as Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) soloed to victory in Sarran.

Aided by his teammate Dries Devenyns, Alaphilippe attacked from the peloton on the final climb of the Suc au May with 27 kilometres remaining in the 218km stage, the longest course of this year's Tour. The Frenchman brought a strong group of riders with him, but they were unable to organise a cohesive pursuit of Hirschi, who had already gone on the attack on the preceding Côte de la Crouz du Pey.

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