Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) raced to the stage 3 victory at the Tour de France, taking the yellow jersey too. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) was 2nd and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) 3rd.
Today’s stage 3 of the Tour de France took in 215km of France’s best champagne vineyard countryside. The final 45km of the stage was where all the action was predicted for, as 5 short steep climbs was the sting in the tail.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was looking to Edvald Boasson Hagen for today’s finale, but were at the mercy of how the stage favourites attacked the final climbs.
As expected, the pace was fierce from the first climb, and immediately the peloton began to thin. Edvald Boasson Hagen, Roman Kreuziger and Michael Valgren were focused at the job at hand and hung near the front, even when only 60-odd riders remained.
On the penultimate climb, Alaphilippe made his move, attacking over the summit and nobody could follow the Frenchman. It was a 12km solo effort for the Deceuninck rider and he was able to hold off the main chase group to take the stage and the yellow jersey.
Valgren worked to position Boasson Hagen and Kreuzier in the sprint for 2nd place, but the sharp climbing final 500m saw our riders finish within the group but outside of the top stage placing’s.
While Alaphilippe leads the race overall, for Team Dimension Data, Boasson Hagen (35th) and Kreuziger (37th) are our two best placed riders on the GC, at +1’19”.