Tour de France: Yellow jersey loss a blessing in disguise for Alaphilippe

Team Deceuninck rider Frances Julian Alaphilippe rides ahead of the pack at the end of the 6th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 191 km between Le Teil and Mont Aigoual on September 3 2020 Photo by Marco Bertorello AFP Photo by MARCO BERTORELLOAFP via Getty Images
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck-QuickStep ups tempo on climb during Stage 6 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Julian Alaphilippe suggested that losing the Tour de France yellow jersey might be a blessing in disguise, as he looks ahead to the opportunities for stage victories in the second and third weeks of the 2020 race.

Alaphilippe surpassed all expectations last year when he carried the overall lead for 14 days until stage 19, and it looked like he might be in for a repeat when he won stage 2 and reacquainted himself with the maillot jaune.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.