Tour de France 2021: Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) has “no regrets” about the general classification

Tour de France 2021: Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) has “no regrets” about the general classification
Tour de France 2021: Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) has “no regrets” about the general classification

It was a fantasy more than a real hope: what if Julian Alaphilippe came, as in 2019, to play the spoilsport in the heights of the general classification of the Tour de France? The first week, with its Grand Départ cut out for punchers in Brittany and this time trial in Mayenne, suited him like a glove. The person also played the game, winning the first stage and putting on the yellow jersey that went with it. But he gave his tunic to Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) the next day. Then gradually fell into line.

On the podium for several days, then still 7th when approaching the weekend, the world champion tumbled in the hierarchy at the option of the two alpine stages, Saturday and Sunday. He is now 37th, more than 47 minutes behind the leader, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates). This does not surprise him at all, however. “It is not a surprise, I never announced that I came with the ambition to play the general classification”, thus recalled the leader of the Deceuninck-Quick Step Monday, during a press conference.

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“Personally, I have run as I wanted to run since the start of this Tour, he continued. I knew I would waste time on these alpine stages, that’s what happened and I have no regrets. “ This decline in the ranking is therefore not likely to tarnish the results it draws up for this first week. “I think we can only be proud of what we have achieved. There were a lot of emotions and good times”, said Alaphilippe, referring in particular to the two victories won by his teammate, the returning Mark Cavendish.

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For the French rider as for the other elements of the Wolfpack, the primary objective will thus be to seek other successes during the stages to come. “We are very motivated for the rest of this Tour de France 2021. We will try to seize all the opportunities that will be offered to us”, promised the best climber of the 2019 Grande Boucle.

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