Tour de France stage 1: A victory for Julian Alaphilippe and a victory for France

Tour de France stage 1: A victory for Julian Alaphilippe and a victory for France



The Tour de France needed this. Amid a hectic summer of sport, with France being one of the favourites for European Championships, Tour organiser Christophe Prudhomme designed a Tour opening with Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in mind. In order to get any kind of traction in the country at last, away from the die-hard cycling fans, the Tour needed Alaphilippe to deliver. Well, he delivered.

We all know that France has not had a Tour winner since Bernard Hinault in 1985, but the country has not even won the opening stage proper of their national race since 2006, with Jimmy Casper, or any kind of opening stage since 2000, with Christophe Moreau. This is something new.



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