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Monday 9 December 2019

Alaphilippe makes up time

Cycling

Julian Alaphilippe
Julian Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilippe produced the time trial of his life at the Tour de France to extend his lead in the yellow jersey with victory on stage 13 in Pau.

Alaphilippe completed the 27km course in a time of 35 minutes flat, beating second-placed Geraint Thomas by 14 seconds to extend his lead in yellow to 86 seconds.

It was an outstanding result from the Frenchman, not a renowned time triallist.

There remains an expectation that Alaphilippe will soon fall away from the top of the general classification, but he survived Thursday's first Pyrenean stage without time losses and has now given himself an additional cushion before Saturday's summit finish on the Tourmalet.

Thomas' failure to pick up time was not the only disappointment for Team Ineos as Egan Bernal could only manage 22nd on the stage, 96 seconds down on Alaphilippe, and so slipped from third to fifth on the general classification.

Less of a surprise was seeing the time trial cause a shake up at the top of the standings, with Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and UAE Team Emirates' Dan Martin among the losers.

Martin finished 33rd on the day, two minutes six seconds down on Alaphilippe, with Yates one place and two seconds further back. That sees Martin in 11th overall, four minutes, 15 seconds off the lead.

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