De Gendt wins stage, Alaphilippe reclaims yellow jersey

Ross Houston
July 14, 2019

"I was ready for Julian's attack since last night and all day I was waiting for it because I had great legs", said Pinot, who like Milan-San Remo champion Alaphilippe holds a "Monument" classic title as he won the Giro Di Lombardia last October.

"It was a fantastic finale, it was attractive to go together like this and we showed that we can work together even if we're in different teams", said Alaphilippe, whose move was highly expected as bonus seconds were up for grabs in the ascent to the Cote de la Jaillere and at the finish.

De Gendt rode away immediately after the 200km stage from Macon kicked off alongside three other riders, and was the last survivor of the leading quartet not to be caught by the peleton.

He hopped on a replacement as the team battled back to join the peloton, but Thomas ended up losing time overall to rivals Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot of France.

"My career goal was to win the Giro di Lombardia and stages at all three Grands Tour", said Pinot, who won the Italian one-day classic race past year.

"From 70 kilometres to go, I just kept riding full gas until last climb", said De Gendt.

Belgium's De Gendt rode in front most of the day and finished the 200-kilometre (124.3 miles) trek from Macon to Saint-Etienne six seconds ahead of Frenchmen Thibaut Pinot and Alaphilippe. 'It hurts so much but it's wonderful, ' De Gendt said 'It's also mission accomplished for the team.

Defending champ Geraint Thomas was among those to hit the deck, while his teammate Gianni Moscon had his bike break in half and, bizarrely, Michal Kwiatkoski saw his taken by a policeman.

Pinot climbed to third in the overall standings, 53 seconds back of Alaphilippe. I got tangled in Gianni's bike and took some time to get going.

Alaphilippe abandoned his yellow jersey for just six seconds to Giulio Ciccone on Thursday at the Planche des Belles Filles ski station.

Fortunately for Thomas, he was unhurt and able to remount quickly. "I've had very good feeling already for the whole Tour and I had awesome legs today". "I'm fine, but it's just frustrating - obviously it was a key moment in the race, ' said Thomas, who emerged from the incident largely unscathed but for the odd graze on his arm".

"The worst thing was that Pinot got time". Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) +0:26 5.

"We made a decision to ride to give me a shot at the stage and I think we did a really good job", he said.

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