Stage Report: Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Julian Alaphilippe impressively won the individual time trial in Pau. After 27.2 kilometres he stoped the clock at 35 minutes dead, beating 2018 Tour champion, Geraint Thomas (Ineos) by 14 seconds. Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) was third after being in the ‘hot seat’ for a long time. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) crashed out and left the race in an ambulance.
TT stage winner and some more seconds on the overall lead – Julian Alaphilippe
Close, but 14 seconds down – Geraint Thomas
Stage 13 Route:
27,2 undulating time trial kilometres round Pau should shake up the GC. The route is anything but flat, with two short, sharp climbs. From Mazerens-Lesons there is a stretch of 1.8 km at 7% followed by the Cote d’Esquillot (1.1 km at 6.5%). The top of the Esquillot is 12 kilometres from the finish. After that summit the riders turn back towards the city. The last 10 kilometres are almost flat, although there is a short uphill section in the last kilometre to the finish on the Rue du Maquis Le Béarn that touches the 17%. Three time checks: 7,7 kilometres (in Cériset), 15,5 kilometres (at the top of the Esquillot) and after 21,9 kilometres (in Jurançon).
Ex-GB National TT champ – Steve Cummings of Dimension Data
GB National TT champion – Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin)
Yoann Offredo kicked off the time trial as the last rider in the overall rankings, but the Frenchman has been either in the break or sick since the start of the Tour. More was expected from early starters such as four-time World champion Tony Martin, Chad Haga and Kasper Asgreen. It soon became clear that Martin had set his winning ambitions aside in the service of the team, as he was soon beaten by both Haga and Asgreen.
Sunweb’s Chad Haga was out for a good ride
A good ride by Kasper Asgreen
Haga had clearly set his sights on a good result. In the final time trial of the Giro d’Italia, the American Sunweb rider had already shown what he can do, and he also seemed to want to show himself in the Tour. Haga and Asgreen were fighting it out on the course, but at the finish the Danish champion turned out to be the better of the two: Haga clocked 36:22, but Asgreen finished with 35:52.
Fast Dane – Kasper Asgreen
King of the mountains – Tim Wellens
After Asgreen had finished; Alex Dowsett was the first TT specialist to finish, but he could not match the fast time of the Dane. The former World hour record holder was 40 seconds slower. Stefan Küng, the triple Swiss champion, was amongst the contenders for the win, but he fell in the first kilometre and eventually finished down by a minute.
German TT champ and four time World champion – Jumbo-Visma’s Tony Martin
Matej Mohorič set a quicker time than Asgreen at the time check, as did Nelson Oliveira, but both had to pay for their fast start at the finish. Mohorič conceded almost one minute to Asgreen’s time, Oliveira 11 seconds. Joseph Rosskopf and Nils Politt, two time trial specialists, also came up short.
Early leader – Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal)
Wout van Aert and Thomas De Gendt make the news
Then it was the turn of the Belgian champion Wout van Aert. The rider from Jumbo-Visma, winner in Albi four days ago, beat Oliveira’s fastest time to the first intermediate check. Thomas de Gendt was also fighting hard. The Lotto Soudal rider, just like Van Aert was already a stage winner in this Tour, was faster at the intermediate time checks.
De Gendt was mobbed by the press
It became a fascinating two-way battle, until Van Aert hit the fencing at the start of the last kilometre. The situation looked serious; he had sustained a deep flesh wound on his right thigh and medical treatment was required. The Belgian was taken to the hospital and that ended his Tour de France. De Gendt dethroned Asgreen with a time of 35:36, 0:16 faster than the Dane.
Wout Van Aert was going well, just behind De Gendt at the 7 kilometre check
Stage and Tour ruined by a crash with the barriers
Maximilian Schachmann was next to crash. He clocked the 5th best time at the third intermediate point, but then hit the road. The German managed to make it to the finish, but it took a lot of effort. In the finalé of the time trial, he lost four and a half minutes and might have to go home tonight.
Sarah de Bie, wife of Wout van Aert waiting for news
Thomas de Gendt in the ‘hot seat’
In the meantime, De Gendt was allowed to dream. TT specialists such as Søren Kragh Andersen and Jonathan Castroviejo all failed. From the hot seat, he watched as the first riders in the top riders on the overall could not get close to his time. Rigoberto Urán came very close, by less than a second.
A solid ride by Greg Van Avermaet
Steven Kruijswijk, Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas and Julian Alaphilippe were still to come. Kruijswijk was fast out of the starting blocks and sharpened De Gendt’s time at the first intermediate point by 6 seconds. He was also ahead of Thomas by 0:01. The yellow jersey seemed to give Julian Alaphilippe wings, because the Frenchman went even faster (11:17).
Bora-Hansgrohe’s Maximilian Schachmann crashed badly, but finished
Michael Matthews (Sunweb)
A good ride from Richie Porte
Kruijswijk was also faster at the second intermediate point than De Gendt by 5 seconds, but this time Thomas was faster. Again Alaphilippe again had the fastest time. The time trial was heading towards a thrilling, exciting climax. Kruijswijk set his time of 35:45.
Steven Kruijswijk now 3rd overall
Julian Alaphilippe triumphs in yellow
Kruijswijk saw Bernal finish short of his time; the Colombian clocked 36:36 and with that he was overtaken by the Dutchman in the overall rankings. As Bernal crossed the finish line, Thomas had his teammate in sight. The British Tour winner clocked 35:14. There was only Julian Alaphilippe to finish. The Frenchman had already surprised everyone with his fast times at the intermediate points and held onto the advantage beautifully.
The young Colombian, Egan Bernal, lost time
On the line, the yellow jersey wearer stoped the time keepers watch at 35 minutes for the stage win. Geraint Thomas finished in second place at 0:14, ahead of Thomas De Gendt in third place at 0:36. Rigoberto Urán and Richie Porte completed the top 5. Steven Kruijswijk was in 6th place and moved up to 3rd overall at the expense of Bernal.
Geraint Thomas took the lead… but not for long
Stage and more time in the overall bag for Julian Alaphilippe
Stage winner and overall leader, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “It’s incredible. I’m really happy. Without being pretentious, I knew I could do a good performance on such a course, I told my cousin Franck this morning that I’d do something good but I didn’t think I could win the stage, especially with such a big gap against Geraint Thomas. The first part suited me but I surprised myself in the second part of the race. I pushed my limits. With the help of the public, I gave everything till the line. I heard that even in my team car they all cried.”
Alaphilippe attacked the last climb to the finish
Tour de France Stage 13 Result:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 35:00
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) Ineos at 0:14
3. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:36
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First
5. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 0:45
6. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:49
8. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:52
9. Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck – QuickStep 0:00:58
10. Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC at 1:01
11. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar at 1:03
12. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 1:07
13. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 1:09
14. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1:11
15. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:19
16. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
17. Chad Haga (USA) Sunweb at 1:22
18. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 1:25
19. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First at 1:26
20. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin at 1:31
21. Alex Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin at 1:32
22. Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos at 1:36
23. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida at 1:44
24. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 1:45
25. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:48.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 13:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 53:01:09
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) Ineos at 1:26
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 2:12
4. Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 2:44
5. Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos at 2:52
6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 3:04
7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 3:22
8. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First at 3:54
9. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 3:55
10. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
11. Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates at 4:15
12. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 4:29
13. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
14. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 4:34
15. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 4:44
16. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 5:34
17. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 5:46
18. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 6:00
19. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension Data at 6:07
20. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert at 6:10
21. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana at 6:28
22. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic at 6:39
23. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 7:46
24. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 8:34
25. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert at 9:02.