Gallery: Alaphilippe’s emotional masterpiece on stage 2 of the Tour

by Matt de Neef

There wasn’t anything too surprising about the way stage 2 of the Tour de France finished up. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) attacked where we thought he would, he got away as we thought he would, and then from a group of three he won the sprint he was expected to. And yet, as predictable as it might have been, there was something undeniably thrilling about watching it unfold.

Alaphilippe is one of the sport’s greatest showmen, and he proved that again yesterday. And dedicating the win to his father, who passed away just a couple months ago? A lovely moment to cap off a stirring performance.

Today’s photo gallery brings you all the action from stage 2 of the 2020 Tour, courtesy of photographers Kristof Ramon, Ashley and Jered Gruber, and Cor Vos.

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