Julian Alaphilippe Crushes 2019 Tour de France Stage 13 Time Trial

Julian Alaphilippe Crushes 2019 Tour de France Stage 13 Time Trial
PAU, FRANCE - JULY 19: Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck - Quick-Step Yellow Leader Jersey / during the 106th Tour de France 2019 - Stage 13 a 27,2km Individual Time Trial Stage from Pau to Pau / ITT / TDF / #TDF2019 / @LeTour / on July 19, 2019 in Pau, France. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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 Urán (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.

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.

Max Schachmann Also Out After Crash


2019 Tour de France Stage 13 Recap Video

Alaphilippe Levitates Up the Climb

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