Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) absolutely crushed the 2019 Tour de France Stage 13 time trial today. Not only will he retain the yellow jersey, but he took the stage victory as well.
Defending champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) finished 14 seconds down to take second place over the 27.2km course. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) took third place setting a fantastic benchmark time that could only be beaten by the top-two on GC.
Among the other GC contenders, Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Rigoberto UrÃ¡n (EF Education First) and Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) all had strong performances and moved up places in the top-10 overall.
Egan Bernal (Team Ineos), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) all lost more time today and dropped in the GC standings.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Alaphilippe is in the shape of his life. Logic would have me say that he will lose yellow this weekend but after what I saw today I don’t really know, he looks so strong.
Coming into the Tour Bernal was one of my favorites, but after his poor time trial, I’m starting to think that Bernal missed his peak. Maybe due to the crash that made him miss the Giro.
Wout van Aert out of Tour de France following TT barrier crash
One of the biggest stories of the day was Wout van Aert’s horrific crash involving a barrier.
Rough crash, hard to tell exactly what clipped and caught there but updates indicate the injury was severe.
Een update over de situatie van Wout van Aert, die hard ten val kwam in de tijdrit: "Wout heeft een diepe vleeswond waarbij ook zijn spieren zijn aangedaan. Hij is zojuist geopereerd", vertelt Mathieu Heijboer van Jumbo-Visma aan de VRT. https://t.co/LKr0f1RHro
— NOS Sport (@NOSsport) July 19, 2019
An update on the situation of Wout van Aert, who crashed hard in the time trial: “Wout has a deep flesh wound that also affects his muscles. He has just undergone surgery”, Mathieu Heijboer of Jumbo-Visma told VRT.
Updated story on Wout van Aert: The Belgian time trial champion underwent a one-hour long operation to close a large wound in his upper leg. He will be in hospital for a few days. #TDF2019 https://t.co/K1ZaNf2rKI pic.twitter.com/NlKGqK9mgu
— Cyclingnews.com (@Cyclingnewsfeed) July 19, 2019
Max Schachmann Also Out After Crash
we have to confirm that after all medical checks @MaxSchachmann suffered a metacarpal 3, 4 and 5 fractures of his left hand. He will be transfered to Germany for surgical treatment and abandons @LeTour
join us in wishing him all the best and a speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/MTDyOB7QnG
— BORA – hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) July 19, 2019
2019 Tour de France Stage 13 Recap Video
Alaphilippe Levitates Up the Climb
— Laurent Vignasse (@LaurentVignasse) July 19, 2019
Absurd speed, I guess it’s true what they say, that yellow jersey gives you some superpowers.
Sagan Pulls a Wheelie
Leave it to Sagan to attack the climb with his own style. Dude is clearly living his best life right now.
2019 Tour de France Results
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
General classification after stage 13
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