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Tour de France – stage three

Julian Alaphilippe

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Jack Skelton

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  1. Post update

    Talking of Adam Yates, his Mitchelton-Scott sporting director Matt White spoke to ITV4 earlier.

    “We really want a stage win with Adam in the Tour before he leaves,” he said.

    “Yesterday was one opportunity, he came close but they’ll be a few more.”

    Adam Yates is of course heading off to join Ineos next season, while twin brother Simon remains at Mitchelton-Scott.

  2. 100km to go

    Lone leader Jerome Cousin’s advantage has gone down to 2mins 43secs as he riders through the 100km to go mark on stage three.

    There’s a bit of rain around again as riders start to pull their jackets out once more.

  3. Post update

    Britain’s Adam Yates it targeting stage wins this year instead of general classification but could he take the yellow jersey off Julian Alaphilippe at some stage?

    The Mitchelton-Scott rider is just four seconds behind the Frenchman as it stands and there is a summit finish at Orcieres-Merlette on stage four tomorrow.

    However, Yates has actually gone for Alaphilippe for the stage four victory in his stage-by-stage guide for BBC Sport here.

  4. ‘We need to be careful with Alaphilippe’

    Defending champion Egan Bernal is wary of allowing Julian Alaphilippe too much time in yellow again this year.

    “I’ve felt good, especially on stage two. The first day was stressful with the crashes but yesterday was a better day,” the Ineos Grenadiers rider told ITV4 earlier.

    “Alaphilippe deserves to take the yellow jersey, he’s a really aggressive rider, he tried and he won.

    “I’m happy for him – it’s good that a French guy can wear the jersey,

    “For us it’s also a good thing as they have a strong team to control the race and we’ll see what happens over the next few days but we also need to be careful with him because we don’t want him getting a lead like he had last year.”

  5. Post update

    Former Team Sky rider Pete Kennaugh on ITV 4 when asked whether Julian Alaphilippe can win the Tour de France: “I don’t see why not. The difference is that as we saw he was attacking four kilometres from the top of the climb [on stage two].

    “Last year it was 600 or 800m from the top. That showed real confidence and that he’s not just here for stage wins, he is here for the GC.”

    Julian Alaphilippe

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  6. Post update

    It’s up to you whether you believe him or not but Julian Alaphilippe says he is not riding for the overall victory on the Tour de France despite taking the yellow jersey.

    In 2019, the Frenchman claimed the jersey after the third stage and said pretty much the same thing but he was still in yellow on the morning of the 19th stage.

    “It’s always special to be in yellow and I will defend the jersey, but I didn’t come here to win the Tour de France,” said Alaphilippe.

    “I’ve been feeling better and better lately and I really wanted to take a stage win here.

    “It means a lot me and I had promised I would win on the Tour this year for my father, who died a couple of months ago.”

  7. General classification after stage two

    1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 8hrs 41mins 35secs

    2. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +4secs

    3. Marc Hirschi (Swi/Team Sunweb) +7secs

    4. Sergio Higuita (Col/EF Pro Cycling) +17secs

    5. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) same time

    6. Esteban Chaves (Col/Mitchelton-Scott)

    7. Davide Formolo (Ita/UAE Team Emirates)

    8. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers)

    9. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Ineos Grenadiers)

    10. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma)

  8. Post update

    Right, with the race nicely settled for now, let’s have a look at the overall standings after the first two stages…

  9. Post update

    Jerome Cousin went off the front during an ad break in the TV coverage and they’ve just shown a replay of the moment.

    Benoit Cosnefroy literally pushed Cousin up the road after he and Anthony Perez had come to an agreement they weren’t interested in carrying on in the break.

  10. Post update

    Jerome Cousin now has a lead of four minutes over the peloton with 120km to go on stage three.

    The bunch will not be worried about that gap though, plenty of time to bring back a solo rider on this terrain.

    Cousin is on to an undulating section in the middle of the stage before he reaches the next categorised climb in about 40km or so.

  11. Post update

    Anthony Perez and Benoit Cosnefroy have been swallowed up by the peloton.

    Perez will be delighted – as long as he finishes the stage he’ll take the polka dot jersey off Cosnefroy.

  12. Post update

    Today’s finish of Sisteron is a special place for Jerome Cousin.

    The Frenchman took the biggest win of his career there, beating Nils Politt in a two-man sprint to win a stage of Paris-Nice in 2018.

    It’ll be an even more impressive ride if he can somehow hold off the peloton to take a solo win today.

  13. Post update

    Jerome Cousin has now attacked away from his breakaway companions Anthony Perez and Benoit Cosnefroy.

    The Total Direct Energie has opened up a gap of 40 seconds quickly.

    If he stays out front alone then he’ll mop up the rest of the KOM points and Cosnefroy will therefore be handing over the polka dot jersey to Perez today.

  14. Stage-by-stage guide

    Britain’s Adam Yates is once again our guide to the stages of the 2020 Tour de France.

    What does the Mitchelton-Scott rider make of today?

    “This is one of the longer stages of this Tour, and one of very few proper flat stages, so it won’t be anything but a sprint finish.”

    He’s also picked his rider to watch as Cofidis sprinter Elia Viviani.

    You can read more from Yates and a review of the stages so far here.

  15. Perez takes two KOM points

    Bit of cat and mouse again but once again it’s Anthony Perez who is stronger in the sprint than Benoit Cosnefroy.

    The Cofidis rider takes another two king of the mountains points at the top of the Col de la Faye.

    He now leads Cosnefroy by two points in the KOM classification.

    There are a maximum of three KOM points on offer for the first rider of the summit of the last two climbs of the day and Cosnefroy now needs all three to hold on to the polka dot jersey.

  16. Post update

    Benoit Cosnefroy is on the front as the leading trio approach 1km to the summit of the Col de la Faye.

    Can he hold off Anthony Perez this time?

  17. Post update

    The breakaway’s advantage has now gone out to two minutes as they reach 2km to the summit of the Col de la Faye.

    Nothing for the peloton to worry about behind though.

  18. Post update

    The second climb of the day comes soon after the first.

    The leading trio of Jerome Cousin, Benoit Cosnefroy and Anthony Perez are 3km from the summit of the category three Col de la Faye.

    Expect another battle between Cosnefroy and Perez for the two KOM points on offer for the first over the summit.

  19. Post update

    The rain has stopped and the riders should soon be able to start shedding their rain jackets.

    This is more like what was forecast today.

  20. Post update


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