The French Julian Alaphilippe won the 2nd stage of the Tour de France, Nice – Nice over 186 km, beating the Bernese Marc Hirschi in a sprint, who lost extremely narrowly. Alaphilippe hits twice and puts on the yellow jersey.
Hirschi, 2018 U23 world champion in Innsbruck, revealed himself to the world. The Bernese was the only one able to follow Alaphilippe when the latter attacked 13 km from the finish in the last difficulty of the day, the Col des Quatre Chemins. The Bernese managed to catch up with the Frenchman before the duo were joined by Briton Adam Yates.
The three men worked together extensively in the descent to keep the peloton of favorites to around fifteen seconds. Yates ran out of nerves at the end and started the sprint first. Alaphilippe overwhelmed him with Hirschi in his wheel. The Bernese climbed back up as the finish line approached but missed half a wheel to win.
Marc Hirschi donned the jersey of the best youngster thanks to his performance of the day. [Stuart Frankiln II – Keystone]
The Sunweb rider showed for his first Tour a nice nerve to join in the fight for a stage victory with two recognized finishers. His coup de force allowed him to occupy 3rd place in the general classification, 7 ” from Alaphilippe. The 3rd stage will take the peloton from Nice to Sisteron on Monday over 198 km through Haute-Provence on a very hilly course.
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A candidacy in the Vosges for the World Road Championships
The World Road Championships, which should have been held in Aigle-Martigny, will take place on September 20. On Tuesday, the UCI will reveal which site has been chosen. The last candidate comes from Haute-Saône. A circuit could be offered in the Vosges with a final finish at the top of the Planche des Belles Filles, where the penultimate stage of the Tour de France will be contested in the form of a time trial. Other Italian candidatures are also in the hands of the UCI.