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Julian Alaphilippe wins the stage 13 time trial to extend his overall lead at the Tour de France, Marianne Vos powers to an impressive victory at La Course, Wout van Aert abandons the Tour after a bad crash. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Julian Alaphilippe wins the Tour’s stage 13 individual time trial
Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) did more than just conserve his yellow jersey on stage 13 of the Tour de France. The Frenchman bested Geraint Thomas (Ineos) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) to win the 27.2-kilometer individual time trial in Pau and extend his overall lead.
“I knew that I really could do a good performance on this parcours.” Alaphilippe said. “I just gave everything I had and I won the stage.”
A warm day in the rolling hills around Pau saw De Gendt storm to an early best time, and the Belgian spent nearly two hours in the hot seat as one contender after another came up short of his time of 35:36. As the GC contenders hit the road towards the back end of the start order, several marquee riders came close to knocking De Gendt out of the provisional lead. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) came within nine seconds of his time. Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) came even closer, finishing less than a second slower than De Gendt.
De Gendt’s time held all the way until the day’s final two starters put in their big rides to battle for the win. Thomas, particularly strong in the middle of the course, topped De Gendt’s mark by 22 seconds to take over the provisional lead. Alaphilippe, however, put in the TT performance of his career to best the defending Tour champ. He put several seconds into Thomas’s ride over his own final few hilly kilometers and took the win by a 14-second margin.
Thanks to his impressive ride, Alaphilippe will head into stage 14 still in yellow with a 1:26 advantage over second-placed Thomas.
Thomas’s teammate Egan Bernal (Ineos) dropped to fifth on the overall standings, with Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) and Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) both putting in strong performances to move up to third and fourth, respectively.
Stage 13 results
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:35:00
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos 0:00:14
3 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:36
4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First
5 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:45
6 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:49
8 Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:52
9 Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:58
10 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC 0:01:01
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 53:01:09
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos 0:01:26
3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:02:12
4 Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:02:44
5 Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos 0:02:52
6 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:04
7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:03:22
8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First 0:03:54
9 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 0:03:55
10 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
Wheelies are nothing new for Peter Sagan, but this? This is cool.
— daniel mcmahon (@cyclingreporter) July 19, 2019
Vos wins La Course
Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) put on a thrilling show en route to victory at La Course by Le Tour de France. The Dutchwoman took the win in Pau ahead of Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig after catching and passing lone attacker Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) inside the final kilometer.
“I came out of the Giro Rosa with good motivation, and La Course was a good inspiration to give it an extra go,” said Vos, who won four stages in Italy. “The break of Amanda Spratt was pretty dangerous, so my teammates had to do a lot of work to bring it back. When I saw it came down on the climb, I knew I had a chance. I went and just had the legs to continue.”
The 121-kilometer race covered five laps on the same circuit that hosted the individual time trial of the Tour’s 13th stage. The up-and-down profile made for a tough day on the bike.
After an initial break was reeled in on the penultimate lap, attacks split the peloton into smaller group, and then Spratt launched off the front. The 31-year-old Australian built a decent gap solo, but her advantage dipped on the final lap as those behind organized the chase.
With Spratt in sight on a short but very steep final climb inside the last kilometer, Vos powered clear, caught Spratt, and pressed on alone with no one able to match her surge. She nabbed her second career La Course title convincingly at the line, with Kirchmann taking the sprint for second.
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv 3:15:20
2 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Sunweb 0:00:03
3 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla
4 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Sunweb 0:00:04
5 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv 0:00:06
6 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
7 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:07
8 Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini
9 Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) WNT-Rotor
10 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
Van Aert crashes out of the Tour de France
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) has pulled out of the Tour de France after crashing hard during Friday’s stage 13 time trial.
The 24-year-old Belgian, making his Tour debut this July, went down while going through a tricky corner not far from the finish line and hit a roadside barrier. After spending several minutes receiving medical attention on the ground, he was loaded onto an ambulance with a gash in his leg.
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) July 19, 2019
Woods rides on at the Tour with two broken ribs
Michael Woods is rolling through southern France with two broken ribs, his EF Education First time said on Thursday.
The 32-year-old Canadian hit the deck in a crash on Wednesday’s stage 11, and finished stage 12 before a medical evaluation revealed a pair of broken ribs. Nonetheless, he is riding on into the Pyrenees this weekend.
“They’re clean breaks,” Woods said via a team press release. “No surgery needed, so I’m cleared to continue.”
ASO official: Organizer looking into launching major women’s event but running women’s Tour alongside men’s race ‘logistically impossible’
The ASO is looking into the idea of a major women’s event intended to be an equivalent of the men’s Tour de France, but no women’s Tour de France is being planned for now, according to Reuters.
An ASO official said that the organization has formed an internal working group to develop women’s cycling, but said that a women’s Tour de France running at the same time as the men’s Tour de France would be “logistically impossible.”
There have been women’s Tours de France in years past, and the ASO held a women’s Tour de France from 1984 to 1989. Currently, the ASO organizes La Course, which returned to a one-day format in 2018 after being run as a two-day event for one edition in 2017.
Coming Up at the Tour
What should be one of the most important stages of the 2019 Tour de France awaits on Saturday.
Stage 14 will take the Tour peloton high into the Pyrenees. Riders will tackle the first-category Col du Soulor around the midway point of the day before climbing to the finish on the mighty Col du Tourmalet.
19 kilometers at a 7.4 percent average gradient, it’s a summit finish for the true GC contenders.
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Feature Image: Julian Alaphilippe en route to victory on stage 13 of the Tour de France. Photo: Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2019